Books to Go

By the way, that ‘self-pub­lished’ feel is usu­ally the res­ult of good qual­ity paper.

The Bookseller has this to say about the Espresso, a new Print-On-Demand device that could see cus­tom­ers strolling into a book­shop and ask­ing for a copy of any book — the cheeky bas­tards.

I’ll admit that I was ori­gin­ally scep­tic­al about the qual­ity of the books pub­lished by the Espresso, I assumed that they would all have that “self pub­lished” feel to them, with pages mis­aligned and smudged jack­ets. But, hold­ing a freshly prin­ted and deli­ciously warm copy of Jason Epstein’s’ Book Business, my qualms dis­solved.

By the way, that icky, ‘self-pub­lished’ feel is usu­ally the res­ult of good qual­ity paper.

The Espresso has landed | theBookseller.com

The Newspaper Is Dead; Long Live the Journalist

Super-dom­in­ant digit­al play­ers like Google and the death of journ­al­ism as we know it.”

Sly Bailey, Trinity Mirror Chief Executive, on the death of news­pa­pers.

If the pres­sures of this reces­sion put loc­al news­pa­pers out of busi­ness, think very hard about what we will be left with when we do emerge the oth­er side. Super-dom­in­ant digit­al play­ers like Google and the death of journ­al­ism as we know it.”

Absolutely not. The death of news­pa­pers won’t mean the death of journ­al­ism. The advert­ising rev­en­ue that propped up news­pa­pers dur­ing the nine­teenth and twen­ti­eth cen­tur­ies is still there. Now, it’s going to spe­cial­ist web­sites and blogs.

Most writers don’t write full time — i.e. the major­ity earn less than the min­im­um wage from their writ­ing — but the activ­ity is seen as a voca­tion. Isn’t journ­al­ism a voca­tion?

BBC NEWS | UK | Warning of ‘death of journ­al­ism’

The Gollancz Science Fiction Classics Covers

A good example of strik­ing design. These cov­ers stand out and — not typ­ic­ally for sci­ence fic­tion — there is a clear sense that the cov­er reflects the iden­tity of the book.

Creative Review has been speak­ing to Gollancz about their new range of sci­ence fic­tion clas­sics.

Each cov­er was cre­ated using A4 paper, with all the typo­graphy prin­ted and placed on the struc­ture by hand,” Jones [says]. “We then pho­to­graphed each paper struc­ture and, upon see­ing the ori­gin­al black and white images, we didn’t feel that any tweak­ing or fur­ther alter­a­tions were needed.”

A good example of strik­ing design. These cov­ers stand out and — not typ­ic­ally for sci­ence fic­tion — there is a clear sense that the cov­er reflects the iden­tity of the book.

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