Month: March 2008

Amazon coercing publishers to use BookSurge?

BookSurge is Amazon’s print-on-demand subsidiary. According to a story in Publishers Weekly, Amazon will not sell books printed with other POD services in the same way they sell…

Book sales rising

The Association of American Publishers reported on Monday that book sales rose 7.2 percent in January, with adult paperback sales showing the largest increase, an astonishing 37.6 percent….

Gender confusion

A study by the University of Arizona has reported surprising results when testing native French speakers on the gender of nouns. Across the board, the French speakers showed…

Vocabularium rerum

An early printed bilingual dictionary, the Vocabularium Rerum provided German readers with the meanings of common Latin words and phrases. This edition (photo from Helga’s Lobster Stew’s photostream)…

Tuttle Publishing to distribute Asian Art Museum books

The Asian Art Museum has made an agreement with Tuttle Publishing for the exclusive distribution of all Asian Art Museum books. Not only will Tuttle distribute new books…

Jonathan Williams, 1929-2008

Jonathan Williams, poet, essayist, and publisher of Jargon Society, died Sunday in Asheville following a long illness. We published a collection of his short prose, called The Magpie’s…

Typographia

Typographia: An Historical Sketch of the Origin and Progress of the Art of Printing was published in 1825, “Printed for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy.” The author was Thomas…

BRB

Rightreading is a little worn out. This is about 10 of the 120 cubic yards of dirt that he is using to fill in his swimming pool. I…

Always check your work

Photoshop is a handy tool, but don’t give yourself a pat on the back without first looking over what you’ve done. . via gigglesugar (whatever that is) .

Corpse reborn

The following is a message sent by Exquisite Corpse to its subscribers. Dear readers: Did you miss us? We missed you. It’s only been a brief eon but…

Happy Birthday, Henry Watson Fowler

Most posts at Right Reading are published at 5:00 am Pacific Time. But this one will run at 11:59 the night before. I wouldn’t want to be a…

Stephen Page on book publishing today

Stephen Page, publisher and chief executive of Faber and Faber, writes in an article in the Guardian that “the industry is closer now to a tipping point that…

Why are book editors so gullible?

Fake memoirs are in the news again, with the usual hand wringing. No need to go into the details, which have been thoroughly reported. Instead, let’s think about…

The university as a center for humanities in a post-2.0 web world

RightReading would not ordinarily post an institution’s capital campaign video, but the presentation below by Richard E. Miller, Chair of the English department at Rutgers University raises some…

Wordsmithing

WORDSMITHING: The process of going through a document and making sure the best possible word is used in all circumstances. — ww.lewiswritingservices.com/glossary.htm If there is one word I…

Crisises?