Month: August 2009

Pop quiz: 10 word sources

Have you ever noticed that the longer you look at any word the stranger it begins to seem? The other day a squirrel ran in front of my…

Friday roundup

“Honour commercio’s energy yet aid the linkless proud, the plurable with everybody.” — Finnegans Wake Zebra tables and lists : Are alternating bands a good idea in table…

Have the past twenty years been an aberration in the history of book publishing?

That seems to be the argument that Douglas Rushkoff is making in the August 24 Publishers Weekly. I have described previously the corporate consolidation that has caused the…

What screen resolution is your web canvas?

Seattle-based design/branding firm Methodologie (not sure why they use the French term) have created a useful guide to web canvas size. As you may be able to see…

Pow! Comic Sans! Meets! Its! Match!

Yes, if Comic Sans (I know, I know, it’s not really a comic book font) has lost its appeal, you now have a wealth of alternatives from which…

Friday roundup

“Think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the…

Mailbag: Press release promoting a resource for writers

Right Reading passes along the following e-mail unedited (except for removing the publicist’s e-mail address). This is a typical form for a book press release. The brief personalized…

Hanuman Maximon

I have been toying with the idea of starting a little imprint to publish mainly world literature and other titles with international scope. It would be called Hanuman…

Book design battle

Over at Eye blog they’ve pitted Robert Klanten and Matthias Hübner’s Fully Booked against Jan Tschichold’s The Form of the Book in a book design battle. Find out…

Temporarily like Achilles

I’ve been reading about Bob Dylan’s recent scrape with the law in Long Branch, New Jersey, where being a complete unknown appears to be illegal. Trying to reconstruct…

Friday roundup | Duly quoted

“Think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the…

100 Best Curator and Museum Blogs; Or, Link-building Made Easy

The blog of the museum for which I do publications recently appeared on a list of “100 best curator and museum blogs.” The list was attributed to someone…

Mailbag: What should my royalty rate be?

Rightreading hereby initiates a new feature (no doubt destined to be as fitful as all our others) in which we answer e-mails from readers. . A reader writes…

Try Google’s new search engine

Apparently Google has secretly been working on “the next generation of Google Search … an entire new infrastructure for the world’s largest search engine.” And you can be…

Norwegian Hell Children

Do they sound tasty? Google Translate thinks so (if they’re marinated). Via Google Blogoscoped: .

Cà d’Zan Mansion, Sarasota, Florida

Just a photo today. This view of the patio of the Ringling mansion in Sarasota — the building is rather ostentatiously called the Cà d’Zan — was taken…

Weekend update: personalized search

Graywolf — the search guy not the book publishing company — shows how to turn off personalized search by default in Google Chrome. You can also get plugins…

Friday roundup

“Honour commercio’s energy yet aid the linkless proud, the plurable with everybody.” — Finnegans Wake The Unofficial Thomas Pynchon Guide to Los Angeles : Annotated with videos pictures,…

Why are you here?

I’m curious what topics readers of this blog are most interested in. If you’ve visited before you probably realize that this blog deals with all sorts of book…

The Constipation Party

I am reading and enjoying Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. It is my misfortune, I realize, to be so sensitized to colonialist attitudes as to…

Is none singular? Are none plural?

“Good sense is a thing all need, few have, and none think they want.” — Benjamin Franklin “I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.” —…

10 most awful library books

Pophangover thinks it has the list. But I’m pretty sure we can do much worse. Click the image to check out their bottom ten.

Preparing a manuscript for book publication

“The submission process is like going to the DMV. It’s one of the great equalizers, and it tends to treat everybody like shit.” — Jess Mowry Author Jess…