This is a nifty idea. If you know of other universities that are trying out similar ventures, let me know. Tons of scholarly presses have worked blogging into their PR portfolios, but this is the first university-created litblog I’ve come across.
Talk to your campus librarian.
Don’t yawn. This is critical stuff for publishers who rely on textbooks as a source of revenue and for the students who are less and less willing to pay big bucks for those textbooks. A couple of weeks ago, I did a story for the Chronicle about plummeting textbook sales at university presses. It caught… Continue reading »
Should research conducted with federal dollars be made freely available to the public after it’s published? The NIH says yes. Publishers say not so fast. Last week, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Calif.) introduced a bill, H.R. 6845 or the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, that would make it a lot harder for federal agencies… Continue reading »
A call for six-word memoirs. (Via the LA Times’s Jacket Copy.)
I don’t have anything useful to say about the suicide of David Foster Wallace, news of which has been widely if sketchily reported in the last 24 hours, except to say that it rattled me more than I’d have expected, and that most of my questions about it will likely never be answered. From my… Continue reading »
Not everyone has been hit hard, but the latest numbers have got many people rattled. What’s causing the decline, which has picked up speed in the last couple of months? It’s not just the economy. Is it textbook piracy? The used-book market? The misuse of course-management software, which profs sometimes use to download chapters to… Continue reading »
“Ageing chimp’s own story on list for Guardian first book prize,” sez today’s Guardian. (Haven’t the Brits learned how to spell “aging” yet? Honestly.) Me Cheeta: the Autobiography is billed as the true story of Cheeta the Chimp, star of Hollywood blockbusters, told “in his own words”. The book documents the life and times of… Continue reading »
I interviewed the manager of a young DC-area singer-songwriter named Chelsea Lee today, and he was telling me how he got her stuff on iTunes via TuneCore. (There’s also CD Baby, “a little online record store” that cuts out the middleman.) Artists pay a small fee up front but keep all the royalties and the… Continue reading »
The publisher of the distinguished Arden Shakespeare series has outraged many Shakespearians with its decision to terminate the contract of Patricia Parker, a senior scholar who has been working on a new Arden edition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for more than a decade. Why did Cengage, Arden’s publisher, pull the plug on Parker’s contract?… Continue reading »