Thursday, February 14, 2008
Ever since this time, published materials in the Baltic region have been abused and censored over the centuries, becoming a front line in the eternal war for the hearts and minds of the masses.
The first printed texts in Latvian also appeared around 1525, then in Lithuanian a little later, but the efforts were scrappy and it was another 10 years before a complete book emerged - the Wanradt-Koell catechism from the year 1535, published in Estonian."
Active registered publishers
words / myth / ampers & virgule:
"Have you noticed lately that the books you buy—I mean books from major publishing houses—are full of typos and editing gaffes? I see this complaint often. I make this complaint myself from time to time."
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Mostly, there isn’t much you and I can do about this, other than producing books outside the mainstream publishing industry and building up an appreciation for high-quality books.
There is one category where individuals can make a difference, though. If you teach a course—especially at the college level—and you are unhappy with the quality of the course textbook, say something.
Complaining to a publisher that their wurstmakers fell down on the job isn’t going to change the publisher’s process or business model; it will just lead to hiring different wurstmakers. But suggesting to the buyer that you switch to a different brand of sausage will catch the publisher’s attention. I guarantee it. Write a letter to whoever was responsible for choosing that textbook. Explain the problem with the quality, and suggest that a competing book from a different publisher be selected for the following year’s students. Send a copy of the letter to the president of the publishing company. Hit where it hurts—in the wallet.
About Dick Margulis:
Once you’ve finished the champagne, it’s time to switch hats and convert your opus into a product. Don’t know where to start? Freelance editor and typographer Dick Margulis can help.
Dick’s first editing job was chief copy editor for his junior high school newspaper–unpaid, of course–46 years ago. But his interest in typography predates that by a couple of years. He got serious about it in seventh grade.
In the intervening decades, Dick has been a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker–yes, all three–and, along the way, has had paying gigs as an advertising copywriter, a magazine columnist, a book editor, a technical writer, a marketing writer, an herbarist [sic], a Web designer, a compositor, a lithographer, and a few other things he’s already forgotten. But through it all, he has remained true to his passion of clear communication through careful editing and appropriate typographic design.
from The Writing Center by Midge Raymond
When it comes to selling books these days, it’s all about the Internet. Forbes’ Best of the Web features a few literary blogs that have gotten the attention of readers and have had “an impact on the way books are talked about and sold like never before.” Probably among the best features of such sites (like the popular Bookslut) are their informal styles and the fact that they discuss books not reviewed in the New York Times (yes, these books do exist, and are worth reading)."
For Internet-addicted writers…
from The Writing Center by Midge Raymond
This Emerging Writers Network blog is, refreshingly, geared specifically toward writers new to the marketplace. The site’s host, Dan Wickett, is out there for the Everywriter, claiming no qualifications other than “a long history of reading literary fiction, in large volumes, and the dedication to passing along my views on such, at as rapid a pace as I can, until the writers of such fiction get more recognition.” It’s well worth a visit, with links to author web sites, literary blogs, and literary magazines — plus news and contests.
Another fun site is 52stories, a site that features a new photo every week to serve as a writing prompt…a great way to overcome writer’s block as well as see your work online — 52stories will publish the stories received by its Friday evening deadline.
And, saving the best for last, San Diego Writers Online is now live! Stop by and join — this new forum will connect writers looking for read-and-critique groups, book clubs, reading and writing events around town, and lively online discussions.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Source: Copyright 2008, Wall Street Journal
Date: February 7, 2008
Byline: Tom Wright
"Office-supplies giant Staples Inc. has severed all contracts with Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd., one of the world's largest paper companies, in a move that shows concerns over forest destruction and global warming are having an impact on big U.S. paper buyers.
Until recently Staples sourced about 9% of its total paper supply from APP and used the paper for its own Staples-branded stock, mainly photocopy and office paper. Staples had stuck with the company even as other large paper sellers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Office Depot Inc., stopped buying from APP in recent years because of alleged environmental misdeeds. Staples had hoped that continuing to buy from the company would prompt APP to improve its environmental record."
Monday, February 04, 2008
Dear Publisher Folk, Friends & Family:
Author Rights: Using the SPARC Author Addendum to secure your rights as the author of a journal article (SPARC)
* The author is the copyright holder.
As the author of a work you are the copyright holder unless and until you transfer the copyright to someone else in a signed agreement.
* Assigning your rights matters.
Normally, the copyright holder possesses the exclusive rights of reproduction,
distribution, public performance, public display, and modification of the
original work. An author who has transferred copyright without retaining these
rights must ask permission unless the use is one of the statutory exemptions in
What is SPARC? http://www.arl.org/sparc/about/index.html
"SPARC ®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change. Its pragmatic focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries. Action by SPARC in collaboration with stakeholders – including authors, publishers, and libraries – builds on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship. Leading academic organizations have endorsed SPARC."
Saturday, February 02, 2008
from: Gail http://www.business-strategies-etc.com/2008/print-me-something-yummy/
Print Me Something Yummy!
Monday, January 14, 2008 | Posted to New/Unusual Technology
Sugar SculptureAdd one more to the category of "New or Unusual
Printing Technology" with CandyFab! Using a type of 3-D prototyping -
printing in three dimensions with inkjet deposition technology - you
can print any thing from candy treats to sophisticated sculptures out
of sugar. The image at the left uses a design from a sculptor named
Bathsheba Grossman; see her work at www.bathsheba.com.
Simple Sugar SculptureSo how does it work? Rapid prototyping machines
(3-D printers) are a relatively new form of manufacturing that builds
objects in three dimensions by carefully depositing materials drop by
drop, layer by layer using a form of inkjet deposition. With the right
set of materials and a geometric blueprint, you can fabricate complex
objects that would normally take special resources, tools and skills
if produced using conventional manufacturing techniques.
To read all about it go to CandyFab.org.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008 |
Gail wrote: The Kailing Name in HistoryLast night, Amazon offered me a book I was sure to find interesting: “The Kailing Name in History.” For only $29.95!
OK, you say, so why were you searching for your own name on Amazon? Gosh, don’t we all Google our own name or search other online databases?
By combining variable imaging, a dynamic web page, variable data printing, and print-on-demand, Amazon is demonstrating the power of “cross-media” in merchandising customized books."
The Kailing Name in History is a customized book offering a unique blend of fascinating facts, statistics and commentary about the Kailing name. The book is just one of an entire series of family name books in the Our Name in History collection. Each book in the collection is printed on demand and is compiled from hundreds of millions of records from the world’s largest online resource of family history, Ancestry.com. This particular book follows the Kailing family name through history and makes the perfect gift for your family members and anyone interested in the Kailing name. In the book you’ll find out about where people with the Kailing last name originated. You may discover the countries and ports they left behind, the ships they sailed and more. You’ll get a better idea of where people sharing the Kailing name settled and where they may reside today in the United States, Canada, England and other countries. You’ll get all this information and much more in your Kailing family name book. If your last name is not Kailing, then check out our collection of nearly 300,000 family name books to find other available names in the series.
Actually, they could have used at least 3 or 4 fewer insertions of my name and still have been as effective. It starts to look like mail merge gone bad!