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Reading’s Design

One of the nicest books I received in the mail recently was The Association of American University Presses’ catalogue to the Book, Jacket, and Journal Show (2013). It’s a gorgeous reminder of the creativity of book designers, not to mention the vibrancy of academic publishing. Book design is one of …

Reading us reading wikipedia

A really interesting new report released by wikipedia on usage statistics of its pages (over 29 million in English). And what do we find? Readers like celebrities, sex and death. It’s often unfortunate to know more about ourselves. Actually, reports like this tend to do a disservice to things of …

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 …