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Media Notes

You might think that the trend in media is towards miniaturization - all media on your cell phone, right? And that printed books are on the way out? If so, you might be surprised to see that Friesens, a large printer based in Canada, has just installed a super book printing machine - a press that weighs about half a million pounds, and is 100 feet long, the only one in North America.

Read more about this behemeth.

Buy that book!

Many of the same people who bemoan the lack of literacy in American society, or its general frivolity, will be the same ones that refuse to actually pay for serious work. They get their books from a local library, or borrow them from friends, or just get the cheapest version possible via an ebook reader like Kindle, or another discounted format on Amazon.

But if you want something to survive, you need to support it - that means paying for the product. If you want a local bookstore to survive and prosper, buy something there - don't window shop and then buy it on Amazon. Every book that you borrow from a friend is that much less revenue for the publisher and author and, believe me, the vast majority of authors and publishers need that revenue. So buy that book! Better yet, pay full price. And then you can think of yourself as a patron of the arts.

Fascinating article on weaving together the role of hypertext and Dicken's novels, two things I never expected to see on the same page

The Strand is New York City's most famous used bookstore; although they actually sell plenty of new books as well. Books they count as "new" are actually used, review copies which publishers send to book reviewers, which editorial assistants at publishing houses often sell to the Strand at about 25% of their retail price. Lots of other fascinating bits of info about the Strand's business in this New York Magazine profile.

Media Notes

You might think that the trend in media is towards miniaturization - all media on your cell phone, right? And that printed books are on the way out? If so, you might be surprised to see that Friesens, a large printer based in Canada, has just installed a super book printing machine - a press that weighs about half a million pounds, and is 100 feet long, the only one in North America.

Read more about this behemeth.

Buy that book!

Many of the same people who bemoan the lack of literacy in American society, or its general frivolity, will be the same ones that refuse to actually pay for serious work. They get their books from a local library, or borrow them from friends, or just get the cheapest version possible via an ebook reader like Kindle, or another discounted format on Amazon.

But if you want something to survive, you need to support it - that means paying for the product. If you want a local bookstore to survive and prosper, buy something there - don't window shop and then buy it on Amazon. Every book that you borrow from a friend is that much less revenue for the publisher and author and, believe me, the vast majority of authors and publishers need that revenue. So buy that book! Better yet, pay full price. And then you can think of yourself as a patron of the arts.

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