Inside the Book World

Every once in a while I like to update my 2 readers on all the interesting stuff I'm learning about the book world. First off, I finally figured out why the book industry has the most ridiculous/backwards business model where return on sales of books are expected and planned for. It all started in the …

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The Future of Publishing…We’re In It

Three interesting articles about the publishing industry caught my eye today. But first, I've found that reading and thinking critically about articles goes more smoothly with music, so I invite you to play the video below and enjoy the sweet sounds of "Stereo Love" while reading the rest of my post. (And yes, I may …

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYU

Today, for the first time, I stepped into one of NYU's 10+ libraries. Bobst Library definitely has the most interesting name, and it is huge--some of its study rooms and eating areas are underground. I hate to say it, but the NYU library is more impressive than the UCSB library (sorry Gauchos, if it's any …

Coca-Cola, Advertising, and Santa Claus

Over the weekend, I went to visit my uncle in Battery Park. We were at the dinner table, dropping fish balls and slices of beef into a hot pot, when my uncle told me something shocking: "Santa Claus wasn't a jolly fat man dressed in a red suit until Coca-Cola made him that way." I'm …

Charlie Sheen Does Poetry

  Actor, writer, poet--what can't Charlie Sheen do? GQ got a hold of his self-published book of poetry that he gave to friends in the 90s, and has been posting poems on their tumblr blog. Entitled "A Peace of My Mind," the poetry is hilariously bad. Here's an excerpt from one of the poems Publisher's …

So You Want to Write a Novel

After taking a ton of creative writing classes and working in the publishing industry a little bit, I can say that this video is hilarious and touches upon all the issues/ideas new writers may have. I remember once I saw Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, speak, and he addressed the condension …

This Week in Publishing

Random House finally decided to adopt the agency model. It’s the last of the big six houses to switch from the wholesale model, but now that it uses the agency model all 17,000 Random House ebooks will be directly available through the iBookstore—which is good since the iPad2 made its debut on March 2. The …