Stop Press for February 18th

February 19, 2008

  • What Have You Done For Me Lately? [Booksquare] – “Because I have seen the future and her name is Alison Norringtonâ?¦ your competition is not who you think it is.” On the future of publishers. God I love Booksquare.
  • How to roast a duck [The Digitalist] – Sara Lloyd at Macmillan sums up a few interesting points from the Tools of Change conference, e.g. “40% of Internet users are tagging content on a daily basis”.
  • – A little booksite we just signed off at work. My favourite feature is bringing the comments up to the same level as the content. We shall see if we live to regret this (a post on trolls is coming soon).
  • Secrets of Cambridge ‘porn’ library revealed [Telegraph] – Not as exciting as first hoped. May I recommend the Harry Price bequest at Senate House for anyone in search of more esoteric fun.
  • Spectra (book) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – “Bynner and Ficke were old-school poets who had grown weary of the isms and free-form experiments that had displaced more traditional varieties of poetic practice… they had let their mental guard down, and produced some of their most interesting work.”
  • Sokal Affair – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – “The Sokal Affair was a hoax by physicist Alan Sokal perpetrated on the editorial staff and readership of the postmodern cultural studies journal Social Text (published by Duke University).”
  • Top authors to go digital with ebooks [Times Online] – “Every other major publisher is drawing up plans to follow suit, pitching the books at just below the price of a hardback.” Oh dear. The journalist doesn’t understand much more either.

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