The number of links this week may set a TWIP record, but holy cow was there good stuff out in the publishophere this past week. Let’s get to it!
But first, before we get to the links, today may be your last chance to see the award winning (not really) circa-1999 design of this blog, featuring its square, awkwardly fonted logo and its “I slapped this thing together in a weekend” design ethos. Barring technical catastrophe the blog will be transitioning over the weekend to a fresh new look courtesy of the wildly talented web designer Sean Slinsky. Pardon our dust as we get things running.
And there may just be a few more surprises in store come Monday.
Now for real let’s get to it:
First up, in the wake of the controversy about their new self-publishing/vanity arm, Harlequin announced that the new outfit will be called DellArte Press. Which is, um, an interesting name for, um… moving on!
There have been some anonymous murmurings in the comments section that I have been too focused and too pro-e-books lately, to which I would reply: 1) umseriously this e-book thing is kind of a big deal and 2) let me repeat I am not and would never advocating getting rid of print books and/or bookstores. To that end, Amazon recently released a list of the Best Book Covers of 2009, which feature some awesome can’t-be-replaced-by-e-reader design. (via The Millions)
And further to that point, Bloomsbury publisher/editorial director Peter Ginna, who recently launched the must-read blog Dr. Syntax, posted an ode to the print publisher’s secret weapon: the book designer.
But the e-book world marches on. My client Jennifer Hubbard thinks about what the e-book future might look like, and Mike Shatzkin has a fantastic three point publisher plan for fighting piracy. My favorite is the first one, which entails getting proactive about spreading fake book files on file-sharing sites. Fight dirty, publishers!
And lots of people have been wondering what will happen in an era where getting published is as easy as uploading a file to a website. GalleyCat asks: do we really need three million books? (To which those three million authors answer: yes for my book, no for the others!). And meanwhile, via How Publishing Really Works comes an article on how self-publishing doesn’t (usually) work.
And finally in e-book news, J.A. Konrath has eleven bold e-book predictions for 2010, including e-readers for less than $99 and the rise of estributors.
Just kidding, that wasn’t the last e-book link. Alan Kaufman wrote an article comparing the closing of bookstores and the rise of e-books to… the Krystallnacht of Nazi Germany. No, really. He writes, “The book is fast becoming the despised Jew of our culture.” Also: the article is available on the Internet. Horrors! (via HTMLGIANT)
Upstart Crow announced the details of the second annual auction for author Bridget Zinn, who has had quite a tumultuous year getting married and getting a book deal while also fighting cancer. Details about the auction, which includes signed books, manuscript critiques and more, here.
Cormac McCarthy’s old Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter is being auctioned off today, and you people had better bring the cash because I’m going to outbid all y’all and in fact…. um…. oh. It’s expected to go for between $15,000 and $20,000. Nevermind! Maybe I can bid for a bottle of white-out instead. UPDATE: the typewriter sold for $254,500 (via @JBD1). Rumors that this was purchased for me as a Christmas present: unconfirmed. Also the rumors were started by me.
Rachelle Gardner posted a plea for authors to stop complaining about agent response times, and author Lauren Barnholdt chimed in that “Agents not responding to your email is not the reason you are not getting published.” Meanwhile, INTERN marveled at the mere fact that with book publishing you can actually send things to agents and editors and have them read for free. Unlike, say, patent applications.
And finally finally, via the Book Cover Archive blog comes a fantastic video from the New Zealand book council. A journey through a book:
P.S. This is the future:
Have a great weekend!