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Penguin vs Amazon – Book Fights Reach Libraries

20 Feb

Previously on Penguin vs. Amazon, Amazon cut prices for Penguin’s new releases of ebooks down to a discount price of $9.99. Penguin retaliated on April 1st by refusing to let Amazon carry any of its new ebook releases anymore. Amazon counterattacked by making those same books, in hardback form, that $9.99 price. Other companies had long since come to agreements with Amazon on pricing deals, but Penguin was stubborn. Eventually, Penguin too came to an agreement, and all seemed finally at peace. The peace was tenuous, however, and all knew that it would only be a matter of time.

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Research Comes Alive at Forts Concho and Chadbourne

4 Nov

Of all the forts we’ve visited in the past few weeks, Forts Concho and Chadbourne were by far the best preserved. It was interesting driving into San Angelo with Publisher Mark Long navigating around the city streets with his iPhone GPS to find Fort Concho. My first thought when we came across the location was, “Well, this is different!” Continue reading

Getting Lost in Translation

3 Oct

We all have read translated versions of works of literature or other writing at one point or another. Almost every student has read at least parts of Beowulf and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. What most students don’t realize, however, is they were reading translations of these renowned works of literature.

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Try Submishmash for Collecting Submissions

19 Sep

Have you ever tried to hassle with documents attached to emails? In publishing, it can be an absolute nightmare. One manuscript may come as one document, while another may come as five or six. And, just forget collecting recipes for that new cookbook. Things are constantly getting lost or “archiving” themselves.

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Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

12 Sep

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

I have heard that phrase countless times, particularly when I was a child. I never understood it, though. When browsing bookstores, I always chose the book whose cover spoke to me most, even spending a touch more on a prettier cover. Most times, my shopping methods work out for me. Sometimes, though, I am duped by clever art directors! (I’m still disgruntled about In The Woods by Tana French.)

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E-Books vs. Books: The Green Debate

26 Aug

Original image on NYTimes.com

I always have been a book person. I’ve been collecting them since I was three, from the Sesame Street how-to-count books to Maurice by E.M. Forster. I love the feel of books, the smell of them, everything about them. Also, vainly enough, I like the way books look on shelves; I have a tendency to arrange them by color. There’s just nothing like a book!

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Break Into Publishing

22 Jul

I remember sitting in my apartment, senior year at TCU drawing to a close, and thinking, “Where do I go from here?” I had few plans at this point, though I had applied to countless companies. I had no job offers as yet, and I didn’t know where I was going or what direction to look.

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