Monday, December 5, 2011
Selling Books By Their Gilded Covers

Many new releases have design elements usually reserved for special occasions — deckle edges, colored endpapers, high-quality paper and exquisite jackets that push the creative boundaries of bookmaking. If e-books are about ease and expedience, the publishers reason, then print books need to be about physical beauty and the pleasures of owning, not just reading.

Selling Books By Their Gilded Covers

Many new releases have design elements usually reserved for special occasions — deckle edges, colored endpapers, high-quality paper and exquisite jackets that push the creative boundaries of bookmaking. If e-books are about ease and expedience, the publishers reason, then print books need to be about physical beauty and the pleasures of owning, not just reading.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
I’d say Chopra is an example of the way many bestselling authors are deciding that Amazon’s more favourable royalty split and more effective means of marketing is a combination legacy publishing can’t currently match. If legacy publishers don’t adapt and start offering authors more progressive terms, their position will continue to worsen.

Barry Eisler, on the recent publishing deal Amazon has struck with major author Deepak Chopra.

Many authors are making this move as they often feel cheated in their contracts with major publishers. Chopak’s deal is worth more than $500,000.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

[Octavofest is] the Cleveland-area organization devoted to advancing the appreciation of book and paper arts. Its members include book artists, binders, conservators, calligraphers, printers, and papermakers.
The 2011 Octavofest program promises an even livelier and more visible exploration of the book and paper arts. It has continued to draw new collaborators who, by combining their energies, can leverage their own venues, audiences, expertise, staff, and other resources to build the programming. 

[Octavofest is] the Cleveland-area organization devoted to advancing the appreciation of book and paper arts. Its members include book artists, binders, conservators, calligraphers, printers, and papermakers.

The 2011 Octavofest program promises an even livelier and more visible exploration of the book and paper arts. It has continued to draw new collaborators who, by combining their energies, can leverage their own venues, audiences, expertise, staff, and other resources to build the programming. 

(Source: ntweb1.cpl.org)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

 Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from twenty-one countries.
Preview: Thursday, September 29, 6 pm–9 pmFriday, September 30, 11 am–7 pmSaturday, October 1, 11 am–7 pmSunday, October 2, 11 am–7 pm

 Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from twenty-one countries.

Preview: Thursday, September 29, 6 pm–9 pm
Friday, September 30, 11 am–7 pm
Saturday, October 1, 11 am–7 pm
Sunday, October 2, 11 am–7 pm

Saturday, September 24, 2011 Thursday, September 15, 2011 Monday, August 22, 2011
Certain words now in our knowledge we will not use again, and we will never forget them. We need them. Like the back of the picture. Like our marrow, and the color in our veins. We shine the lantern of our sleep on them, to make sure, and there they are, trembling already for the day of witness. They will be buried with us, and rise with the rest. “Language” by W.S. Merwin (2010 US Poet Laureate)

(Source: hellowfrancesca)

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