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You are being counted

“You very rarely get a glimpse into the reader’s mind,” David Levithan of Scholastic Books says. “With a printed book, there’s no such thing as an analytic. You can’t tell which pages are dog-eared.” A new piece at the Wall Street Journal by Alexandra Alter about how publishers are finally getting …

The End of Long Form?

A recent piece on the end of paper newspapers, in this case the New Orleans’-based Times-Picayune, which got me thinking about the relationship between form and medium. One of the arguments of the piece is that the move to e-only news means a shift in content too: from long-form investigative journalism that …

The Demise of Publishing

A long and thought-provoking piece by Steve Wasserman at The Nation on the demise of publishing at the hands of Amazon. There are many causes for concern about the business model of writing that he chronicles. But ultimately I’m not sure he’s right on either count. Here’s Wasserman: Not very …