Monday, June 16, 2008

New Posts: Rushdie, Chinglish, Ebooks, world’s most expensive books

Salman Rushdie: Now He’s Only Hunted by Cameras

‘There’s a writing self which is not quite your ordinary social self and which you don’t really have access to except at the moment when you’re writing, and certainly in my view, I think of that as my best self. To be able to be that person feels good; it feels better than anything else.’

Quote of the day

Umberto Eco on other writers: ‘If they are different than me, I hate them, and if they are like me, I hate them.’ Quoted in a New York Times profile of Salman Rushdie.

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Bits, Bands and Books

By PAUL KRUGMAN

It’s a good enough package that my guess is that digital readers will soon become common, perhaps even the usual way we read books.

How will this affect the publishing business? Right now, publishers make as much from a Kindle download as they do from the sale of a physical book. But the experience of the music industry suggests that this won’t last: once digital downloads of books become standard, it will be hard for publishers to keep charging traditional prices.

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Chinglish

In an insightful and acerbic essay in The New York Times Book Review, Matt Miller reflects upon teaching English in Beijing ahead of the Olympics. He scrutinizes the English manuals in a local bookstore: ‘So just what are Chinese people learning about the English-speaking world? For starters, we’re moody sluts.

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The world’s most expensive books

For two hours on May 28 you could have spent £750 on a special, limited edition of The Devil May Care, the new James Bond Novel written by Sebastian Faulkes. Published by Penguin in collaboration with Bentley, Bond’s car manufacturer of choice, each book comes in a burnt oak leather case sourced from the tannery in Italy which supplies the hides for Bentley’s interiors.

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