The best chart of the shifting sea of genres that you will ever need

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

Pop Chart Lab has come up with a chart that should probably be on any writer’s wall: “A Plotting of Fiction Genres,” with the genres themselves represented by … ahem … representative works, as Pop Chart Labs explains: Peruse literature’s myriad modes with this [...]

Eco-merits of e-readers versus print – in infographic

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 19, 2015 // 7 Comments

CustomMade, a platform that focuses on putting together individual custom-makers with consumers, has just shared an infographic comparing the ecological benefits and footprint of e-readers versus traditional print books. In their own context, this could be about persuading people that the [...]

You’re never too old for literary fame and fortune

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

For all those talented writers still plugging away in obscurity, here’s today’s ray of hope – an infographic from Tesco’s Blinkbox Books, which asks “What age did the greatest authors publish their most famous works?” The original page itself is in fact a fully [...]

Get creative with this infographic of inspirational imaginary beings

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

Travel blog produced this rather wonderful infographic of imaginary beings from the world over, gathering an entire Borges bestiary-worth of fabulous creatures. And even the most enthusiastic collector of imaginary fauna is likely to find novelties here. For instance, the Guita Xica is a [...]

Your handy all-in-one guide to the publishing process

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Just in case any readers out there still needed to be walked through the intricacies of how books get published in the old-fashioned way, here’s a handy step-by-misstep guide to how it all happens pre-digital disruption, courtesy of Mariah Bear and publisher Weldon Owen. And although I do [...]

The infographic way to decide whether self-publishing is for you

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 21, 2014 // 4 Comments

The Independent Publishing Magazine, which had the good taste to mention me and Chris Meadows in their breakdown of “The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following,” has also found a wonderfully useful infographic courtesy of The Write Life, which put together a flow chart based on a [...]

Battle of the genres (infographic)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
October 27, 2014 // 4 Comments

This is probably the best looking infographic I’ve seen in a long time. It’s showing some of the best-selling books of all time, sorted by genre, to show the best-selling genres of all time. You can quibble with a few of their choices The Thorn Birds as YA? Why only one book in magical [...]

Scribd rings in one-year anniversary with a bang!

By Joanna Cabot
September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The folks at Scribd sent us this fine-looking infographic, in honour of their one-year anniversary. I am not a subscriber to their service myself, but I have to admit, I find their numbers impressive and interesting. One billion pages read in a year? Readers open lots of business books but only [...]

Grant Snider’s guide to the perfect writer’s paradise

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Grant Snider is a comic genius with an insight into the writerly life and the writer’s process that would put many practising writers to shame. And this is his all-in-one guide to the … um … architecture of how it should be done. I have no idea how inspiring Inspiration Overlook [...]

Word count infographic shows how many words till Babel

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

UK men’s lifestyle giveaway magazine ShortList, last seen in TeleRead defending literary coolness, has just aired an infographic detailing the vagaries of literary length by word count, from the very longest epics to haiku. Interestingly, the infographic is credited to printer supplies chain [...]

Worried about ebook theft? Here’s the whole story – in pictures

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 3, 2014 // 2 Comments

The issue of ebook piracy, whether a serious concern or just an obsession with media owners, simply won’t go away. And web hosting blog Who Is Hosting This? has just released a handy infographic on the subject, commissioned from UK design studio NeoMam Studios, that lays it all out for you in [...]

The ABCs of digital literacy

By Joanna Cabot
June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

A friend sent me an infographic that offers an ‘ABC’ of digital literacy which I found interesting. It begins with ‘A is for Access; B is for Bias…’ and goes from there. I appreciated that they included ‘educator’ and ‘librarian’ amongst their [...]

Which eBook reader species are you?

By Joanna Cabot
January 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

This infographic by Laura E. Kelly is making the blog rounds. Kelly aims to categorize book readers into dozens of types, ranging from ‘chronological’ reader who must read every book in a series, to the ‘book rescuer’ who rescues about-to-be-discarded books from garage sales [...]

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