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Why the VIDA Count Matters

Why the VIDA Count Matters

The 2014 VIDA Count — released this week — showed that ‘women buy two-thirds of books sold but magazine reviews are centred on male authors and critics

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The Case For Libraries

The Case For Libraries

PUBLISHERS ARE RUNNING OUT OF SPACE. Not in their headquarters, some of which are larger and more imposing than ever, but in retail. The number of booksellers has been dwindling since the demise of Borders, and the largest book retailer today is Amazon, which has no physical space at all. So the question is, where […]

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Univ. of Minnesota Press Gets Interactive with Scholarly Books

Univ. of Minnesota Press Gets Interactive with Scholarly Books

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS ANNOUNCED earlier this week that it, with the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been awarded a $732,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch the Manifold Scholarship digital initiative. The funding will allow UMP and and CUNY’s […]

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Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

IMPERCEPTIBLE, INVISIBLE ALMOST, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing. I’m being a little facetious, of course. But this year’s trade show […]

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Passing Through

Passing Through

THE TENANT IN THE GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT at 315 Second Avenue lived alone. She was long divorced, had no children, and did not see much of anyone. For almost twenty years, starting shortly after the Second World War, she’d worked as a nurse in the hospitals nearby. The last of her employers was the psych […]

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How To Finish Your Damn Book

How To Finish Your Damn Book

AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR I WROTE a post for that treasure trove of writing and publishing information, Writing, ie, about why you should finish your damn book. You can read that post here. It proved really popular. So popular that it seems to me like a lot of you are in the same […]

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