Many thanks to international colleague Amanda DeMarco at Readux.net for sending us her “deutscher Twist” to last week’s “Ten Years on the Information Highway.” We especially love her cross-cultural commentary: Comparing the Germans to their American brethren, you’ll notice a few key differences. While Americans use the ‘flash-boom-bang!’ potential of the internet to crowd their pages with as much disorganized crap as possible, to present jumbled piles of images, and to really own the gif, Germans take a nearly minimalist approach, one that aged much better I must admit. Check it out here.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
Last night, Publishing Trends editor, Kim Lew, and I trotted accross Manhattan to attend the 27th annual Whiting Awards at TimesCenter. Actually for each of us, it was a first-time thing, but was certainly feel-good enough that I hope it becomes an annual tradition for me as well. The awards ceremony itself was low-key and not very long, but the key-note by Mark Doty (who himself won the prize in 1994) was pitch-perfect, in that he didn’t talk about himself, by and large. When he referred to himself, it was ... Read more
I–like many of us–can admit to being a little overwhelmed and under-impressed by the torrent of books to pour from the blog-to-book-deals wave of the last few years (here’s to you, LOLcats). Blogs alone can have that effect–and then we add books to the mix? But there are blogs I love, and a press announcement of this morning gives a great opportunity to introduce it those who do not know it to the blog itself. And, while I’m at it, its a chance to talk about a new kind of publishing ... Read more
As promised in last week’s post, it’s time for a more in-depth look at my favorite thing from the NY Art Book Fair, held September 30th-October 2nd. Namely, The Piracy Project at the Byam Shaw Library. By far one of the most intellectually sexy exhibits I ran across at the Fair, the Piracy Project was, when I happened upon it, represented by only one of its overseers, Eva Weinmayr, sitting behind a folding table covered in books and documents of all shapes and sizes. Her colleague and co-director, Lynn Harris, ... Read more
Which came first: the film or the book? A liiiittle harder to tell than usual with this new project over at Wattpad. Pam Odina, who’s in publicity over there, explained the project to us this way: “BeActive Entertainment is syndicating a novel, [Aisling's Diary] with the accompanying web series episode each week onto the Wattpad platform – web and Android and iOS apps. Instead of reading a novel and then waiting until a series or movie adaptation comes out, the webisode/novel hybrid will let readers/watchers experience the content simultaneously.” Do you think ... Read more
Hello, Trendsetters! If you noticed a bit a lull around here lately, you wouldn’t be mistaken. I, your intrepid editor, was traipsing around Morocco, taking a much-needed holiday from computers (among other things). And like everyone else in Bookland, we’ve been busier and busier around the office with Frankfurt prep–especially plans for Market Partners International‘s contribution to the festivities, Publishers Launch: Children’s Publishing Goes Digital, hosted by our president, Lorraine Shanely. But in the face of all of this Out of the Ordinary, Intern Julia did a fabulous job of ... Read more