All the editors/proofers/indexers in the house, say YO! I’ve been gaining first hand experience in the labor-intensive, seemingly never-ending process of preparing a p-book for publication. Proofing ’til my eyes bleed, then proofing some more. But it’s all worth it – the 11th edition of The Australian writer’s Marketplace is nearly at the final hardcopy proof stage. And then it’s all over bar [insert many steps here and then…] the partying!

So I’m just going to post a few tasty links today – things that have been keeping me sane while I’m in proofing purgatory.

Chris Anderson of Wired raved about this presentation by Richard Eoin Nash (formerly of Soft Skull Press) on the future of books and publishing:

The 20th Century was about sorting out supply. The 21st Century is about sorting out demand.

Interesting article in The New Yorker on the structure and impact of e-book business models on publishers, authors, readers – everyone involved in the production and consumption of texts.

In (Amazon’s Kindle Content VP) Grandinetti’s view, book publishers—like executives in other media—are making the same mistake the railroad companies made more than a century ago: thinking they were in the train business rather than the transportation business. To thrive, he believes, publishers have to reimagine the book as multimedia entertainment.

I am in love with Embracing the Digital Book by Craig Mod, for its effortless beauty as much as its right-on content:

E-reader fundamentals: Ragged Right Text… I’m going to pretend I don’t even have to mention this. There’s something sociopathic about major e-readers not including this option.


picture of a rolling bookshelf

And finally, something for booklovers who love their books as physical objects… and who move around a lot.


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