No Jaywalkers Today

Sleet, rain, hail, and snow--that was what every New Englander had to deal with last night. I woke up to 20 inches of snow on the ground, and it took me an hour and a half to get to work--half an hour just to get from my apartment to the PATH station. There was slush …

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Digital Book World 2011

Today I was a volunteer for Digital Book World 2011, an annual conference that discusses the changing technologies of the publishing world. It was cool--I got to meet people in the industry, and for about five hours I handled their coats. Yeah, that's right: coats. It was actually a great way to meet new people, …

Random House Day 1

Today was my first day at Wendy Lamb books in Random House--and I've never been so excited to work for free before. Day one as an editorial intern and already I want to actually work at Random House. I can't help it, I'm in love. Everyone was incredibly friendly and my boss greeted me with …

This Week in Publishing

The next big step for e-books seems to be its lending capabilities. Up until recently, e-books could not be lent to friends, at least not without many restrictions, and it was a huge drawback compared to print books, which could be easily shared. But a New Jersey-based company, BookSwim, will be changing all that soon. …

In the Name of Science

Turns out that the bands scientists have been attaching to penguins for 50 years to study them has been doing more harm than good. Because of the bands, penguins are producing fewer offspring and have a lower survival rate--probably because the bands impede their swimming abilities, which makes it harder to gather food. Still, the …

This Week in Publishing

Penguin Group is embracing new technologies. They've started a TV and Radio Satellite Media Tours department, so that they can "produce TV and radio satellite tours for Penguin authors," according to Publisher's Weekly. Penguin Brings TV, Radio Satellite Tours In-House Amazon has been working to make it easier and more profitable for authors to self-publish. …

I Write Like…

I found this pretty awesome tool a couple days ago: I Write Like. Warning: it can be very addicting. Basically, you copy and paste a few paragraphs of your writing sample, and it will analyze your writing style and tell you which famous writer you are most like. I stopped myself after six samples, but …

Benjamin Franklin, Publisher

  Photo by Sabrina Ricci Yesterday I went to the Bowers Museum in Orange County, CA to see the Benjamin Franklin Exhibit. On display are 75 artifacts from Franklin's life, in honor of what would be his 300th birthday. I went with my parents as part of a Christmas present to my dad, and while …

In the Name of Science

Science is constantly changing and scientists are always learning new things. This week, my focus is on the prehistoric, unsolved deaths, and green tech. Recently, researchers have reported that an extinct Jamaican bird, from the ibis family (but flightless), used its handbone as a clublike weapons. The fossil was discovered in 1997, and the bird …