Month: December 2007

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Independent book publishing, part 1

It’s easy to get so immersed in a subject that you lose track of how much of it is generally known. I’ve been talking about the difficulties of…

Should books have ads?

Recently there has been an increase in calls for the inclusion of ads in printed books (this “On the Media” report, for example, touches on the idea). There’s…

Publishing trends

NPR’s “On the Media” reported some publishing trends recently. Among the interesting facts: Bookstores account for only 40 percent of book sales nationally. (The percentage would probably be…

Community building

For 7 Junipers, my new website on Asian Art and Culture, I am looking to make a few connections with other bloggers pursuing similar interests. If anyone knows…

Your shelves

Yourshelves.com is a project of kimbooktu, who explains: I collect pictures of libraries of ordinary people. People who love to read – and collect – books from all…

Art and feminism

I missed the discussion about this book cover during the accompanying exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, last summer. Clearly the provocative cover image of…

An e-book from blog archives

Jeff Barry has completed an interesting project of culling his blog archives to produce a free e-book, called Buenos Aires, City of Faded Elegance. He explains: Whenever I…

The Stumbleupon effect

Recently I launched a new blog on Asian art and culture, called 7junipers.com. It’s a long-term project, and I have done virtually no promotion or link building for…

Friday Roundup

If Folly link with Elegance no man knows which is which …. — William Butler Yeats Another “book tours are dead” article Words given wings Reviewing the academics…

My Photoshop default workflow

I process most images that I post to the web in Photoshop, and I have a simple workflow that does what I want with a minimum of fuss….

Blurbs

BLURB: A brief noise that embarrasses everyone. — Tom’s Glossary of Book Publishing Terms A curious aspect of book publishing is that publishers have never quite figured out…

Policy statement

It has become necessary for me to articulate policies that will be posted on my blogs. Outright spam is straightforward to deal with, but here and elsewhere I…

The Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp

The Plantin-Moretus Museum, located at the Vrijdagmarkt in Antwerp, Belgium, is one of the prime pilgrimage sites for typeheads. It is is the only Renaissance printing office that…

A Christmas tradition

Above: The Martyrdom of Nicholas 2, 2007, colored pixels, by Thomas Christensen and the master of Saint-Austremoine-Issoire. Below: The Martyrdom of Nicholas, 2006, colored pixels, by Thomas Christensen…