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Banned books on the rise in the U.S.

By libertyc
December 26, 2013 // 3 Comments

There were several news stories that popped up about banned books in 2013. While I felt there more than usual, it could just have been the extra attention paid to these stories. Sometimes media coverage can skew how often events are actually happening. However, in this case, book banning seems to [...]

Guardian braves death of the bookshelf, trials "Shelf Improvement"

By libertyc
December 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Unfazed by articles proclaiming the “death of the bookshelf,” Britain’s The Guardian newspaper is launching a trial of Shelf Improvement, its new book subscription service “that aims to improve the literary lives of book lovers in 2014.” Without a single ebook or [...]

Big Publishing hype machine full on for Hallberg

By libertyc
November 26, 2013 // 9 Comments

The race to be the next Jonathan Franzen thunders on, with Garth Risk Hallberg a shoo-in for that coveted Time Magazine front cover “Great American Novelist” position. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. Because Knopf and Jonathan Cape already have, paying respectively $2 million [...]

UK young adults prefer printed books – really, honestly

By libertyc
November 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

A new report from UK market research organization Voxburner, which claims to be “giving you the edge on young consumers,” and cited by The Guardian, claims that “62 percent of 16-24s prefer books as physical products.” Which it does – as far as that goes. But as it [...]

Guardian scapegoats ebooks for UK publisher massacre

By libertyc
November 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

It’s hard to improve on  Nate Hoffelder’s indignation over on The Digital Reader at The Guardian‘s ludicrously alarmist piece, headlined “Ebooks and discounts drive 98 publishers out of business,” but I’ll at least second that emotion. First, to briefly go over [...]

Eyeball-licking trend in Japan debunked by sharp-eyed reporter

By libertyc
August 31, 2013 // 4 Comments

When the Guardian posted a “news article” earlier this year headlined “Eyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sick,” all hell broke loose. That’s because the “story” was a hoax, and the Guardian, along with a number of news-gathering [...]

Is The Main Street Trading Company Scotland’s best bookshop?

By libertyc
August 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Deep in the heart of Walter Scott country, between his own-built architectural fantasy at Abbotsford House, his favorite vantage point at Scott’s View, and his last resting place at Dryburgh Abbey, I chanced across The Main Street Trading Company—voted Independent Bookseller of the Year 2012 [...]

In the changing marketplace, authors have so many more choices

By libertyc
August 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

Several days ago, author Aubrey Rose wrote a blog post about Amazon Publishing. She was offered a publishing deal through its romance imprint for her book Me, Cinderella? This sounds great for any author, and even Rose was excited about the opportunity. “Naturally, I was thrilled. A real [...]

The Guardian's success in growing digital revenue without paywalls continues apace

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

The latest set of annual results from the owner of the UK’s The Guardian newspaper show positive trends for online media operations and newspapers as a whole, with figures to substantiate increased digital revenues that have helped offset falling print sales. This is all the more interesting [...]

Guardian interactive e-book video game writing critique misfires

By libertyc
July 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

Britain’s The Guardian has just run another generic anti-tech critique of modern technophilia and the push for interactive storytelling, this time from columnist Damien Walter. He takes issue with the predictions that “traditional fiction will be superannuated by new technology,” [...]

Morning Roundup: Defense department blocks all access to The Guardian in response to NSA links

By libertyc
June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Defense Department Blocks All Access to The Guardian in Response to NSA Links (Techdirt) Once again, the US government appears to be taking an incredible head-in-sand approach to the various leaks about NSA surveillance. The latest is that the Defense Department is now telling everyone in the DoD [...]

Is The Guardian's book-review process too eco-unfriendly?

By libertyc
June 27, 2013 // 1 Comment

Leading UK daily The Guardian, which still enjoys a leading reputation for its cultural and literary coverage, from a firmly left-of-center perspective, recently shared a shot of the review delivery at the Guardian Books department. “Behind the scenes: everyday we receive these bags full of [...]

From the KBoards, feedback on Profile Books' managing director Andrew Franklin

By libertyc
June 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

After my coverage of the remarks by Profile Books’ Andrew Franklin, also picked up by others, I linked the original Guardian article to the KBoards Writer’s Cafe, the Kindle platform community’s author forum, inviting comment. Within a day, the thread attracted 134 responses. Here, as [...]

Profile Books founder Andrew Franklin lays into self-publishing

By libertyc
June 11, 2013 // 8 Comments

UK independent publisher Andrew Franklin, founder and managing director of Profile Books, delivered a virulent assault on the current self-publishing environment at the Literary Consultancy conference Writing in a Digital Age in London, as reported in The Guardian. “The overwhelming majority [...]

An open letter to Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly

By libertyc
June 11, 2013 // 12 Comments

Dear Jim, When I wrote to you the other day by email with a brief note asking if Publishers Weekly might want to link to the recent news on NPR and at the Christian Science Monitor in the U.S., and in The Guardian and the Financial Times in London, about a new literary genre called [...]

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