Thursday, September 10, 2009

Where the Tweets Are

What with summer crashing to an end and the days getting alarmingly shorter, the book business is getting back to the business of business.

Over the last few days we’ve microblogged about a number of stories we haven’t had the time to get to in the Real World. To get things back in synch, here are a few of the stories we’ve been writing in 140 characters or less over the last few days:

The Last Five Ways to Get A Book Deal: Gawker sticks their tongue in their cheek -- but only slightly -- to bring this arms akimbo look at the industry as we know it in 2009: “Sloane Crosley got a book deal by being the most popular book publicist in New York. Now, Sloane Crosley’s book publicist has gotten a book deal herself. Taste the meta! There are only five other ways to get published now.” And here they are.

Salman Rushdie: Still banned, still a ladies’ man. “Given that the Man Booker shortlist has just been announced,” quips Quill & Quire, “and talk of the Bookers often brings to mind author Salman Rushdie, it’d be interesting to know what he’s up to these days. Well, there’s good news and bad news.”

Meanwhile, the same outfit wants to know: “Will the Kindle be the Betamax of the decade?” We don’t think so, but Q&Q offers up some interesting thoughts.

Identity Theory states the “Case Against Reading.”

The Tolkien Trust, New Line Cinema, and HarperCollins have resolved the lawsuit relating to the Lord of the Rings films. That story is here.

Dick Berg, TV producer and screenwriter, died at home in Los Angeles at 87. Here’s the NY Times obit.

Fledgling digital publisher Quartet Press has disbanded before they really even got out of the gate. “Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, a hard-working team, and the support of the community, things just don’t work out. This is one of those times. It’s disappointing to all of us, but it’s reality and we will all move on.” The good news? No trees died in the run at this dream.

Warner Bros has consumed DC Comics like a corporate version of The Blob. Yikes! But it may well end up being a good thing for superhero economics.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize -- Canada’s richest literary award -- doesn’t need its own spotlight. They’ll be announcing their longlist on September 21st, the same day the ManBooker announces their shortlist. The shortlist will be announced October 6th. Their Web site is here.

Both The Globe & Mail and The National Post offer up their ideas about the best books for fall. “Too many books, too little time,” offers The Post’s headline. You can say that again!



Post a Comment

<< Home