Tag Archives: Publishing

Friday Funny: How a Book is Born


From WeldenOwen where the author introduces this infographic as a “roughly 74 percent accurate story of how an idea churns through the publishing process just like—as a publisher we once knew put it—a rat travels through an anaconda.”

Via The Centered Librarian


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How a Book is Born

From Weldon Owen via The Centered Librarian

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The Stages of Book Production and Distribution

Large, detailed chart downloadable for free from Publishing Trendsetter, where you’ll also find video interviews describing each phase of the process. Could be very useful in library and English classes and to budding authors.

To niggle just a little: to represent the “life cycle” of a book, it might have included the reader(s)!

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Are Secret Deals Keeping eBook Prices High?

The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust arm said it was looking into potentially unfair pricing practices by electronic booksellers, joining European regulators and state attorneys general in a widening probe of large U.S. and international e-book publishers.

Read the rest of the story at the LA Times.

The publishing industry has been struggling for some years. I want it to survive with health and diversity. But…

Is is ever right to save an industry by cheating?

Via Library Link of the Day

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Making a Book: 1947

Watching this Encyclopedia Britannica video, I am impressed with the labour-intensity of the process. So many places along the line where things could go wrong; skilled workers distracted for one moment and a glaring error would occur.

Making Books : Encyclopedia Britannica - Click to go to movie

From The Internet Archive via Library Link of the Day


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Powering Down to Future Shock?

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Image Credit: the generous HikingArtist.com

In ” The Future of Books: A Dystopian Timeline”, John Biggs claims that by “2025…The book is, at best, an artifact and at worst a nuisance. Book collections won’t disappear – hold-outs will exist and a subset of readers will still print books – but generally all publishing will exist digitally.”

He writes “a little bit sci-fi” chronologizing the demise of the printed word. It’s a little bit scary and a large bit fascinating. I am no ludite: the cash flow challenge is the only thing that keeps me (and my library) from all the latest technology, but perhaps it was that Mr. Biggs used the terms dystopian and sci-fi that reading his list immediately made me think about possible futures.

I’m not expecting any apocalypse, but I am wondering why I am busting my butt restructuring my library when it will be completely passé before the new shelving wears out. And I have to ask the question: what if, in 2125 the lights go out? Current resources generating all the power we use to fuel the big techno machine are finite. Will we find a sustainable way to keep the servers humming and the batteries charged? Or will one hundred years of recorded history, thoughts and feelings simply disappear into the ether?

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26 Checkouts Challenged

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