Monday, October 11, 2010

Books, New and Old

A publisher, defending a claim to have published the world’s biggest book, asks:
“When is a book a book? If there is only one copy produced is it a ‘book’? ... Anyone can grab two huge planks of wood, hinge them together and paste in some paper and call it a book.” Gross wrote, noting that there will be 31 copies of “EARTH, platinum edition.”
Earth, Platinum Edition debuted at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week. I was at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair last weekend and found some interesting smaller and medium-rare (19th century) books on Egyptology, ethnography, and enology.

For something completely different, see: “Confessions of a Used-Book Salesman” (Slate).

As for the fate of books yet unwritten, see: “Will technology kill book publishing? Not even close” (USA Today).