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What happens when an e-book gets corrected?

What happens when an e-book gets corrected?

So, here’s the partial answer to a question I’ve been wondering about: Subject: Kindle Title [title] (ASIN:[ASIN]) has an available update Greetings from Amazon.com. We’re writing about your past Kindle purchase of [title] by [author]. The version you received contained some errors that have been corrected. An updated version of [title] (ASIN:[ASIN]) is now available. […]

“you will need to pick an attractive font”

“you will need to pick an attractive font”

An amazing opportunity! If only I were a cover designer . . . Book Cover Designer Needed For Regular Work (Anywhere) Date: 2010-09-13, 9:43AM EDT Reply to: job-u6jz9-1951195804@craigslist.org We are looking for a book cover designer for regular work. Have 10 book covers that will need to get done immediately. Note that we will provide […]

Clarifications

Clarifications

Left: Eirik Newth. Right: Me. Easy mistake; could happen to anyone, we’re so alike. Except that, y’know, he’s a genius. Here (with some corrections), in case anybody else interpreted my posts from this weekend in similar ways, is a way-too-long comment I just posted in response to Doyce Testerman’s Publishing, Charlotte, and John. You should […]

What’s been gnawing at me lately

What’s been gnawing at me lately

One of the things that I find gets more difficult year after year—and I can’t tell if this is more because I’m getting older, or because I’m letting myself be pelted with information faster and harder than ever before, or because I don’t write as regularly as I used to—is synthesizing ideas. I spend hours […]

Mysteries of publishing revealed!

Mysteries of publishing revealed!

My esteemed former colleague Shelby Peak has written a tidy breakdown of ye typical book production schedule, When’s that book coming out? It’s based mostly on her current day job, which is at a large academic publisher, so I’d love to hear others chime in (ouch?) on how the timing in other contexts differs.

What is one thing you would you do to change book publishing for the better?

What is one thing you would you do to change book publishing for the better?

For the past several days, novelist Jason Pinter has been posting responses by publishing people to the question “What is one thing you would you do to change book publishing for the better?” There’s a wide range of recommendations, from people in many parts of the industry. Some snippets that I found worth noting (in […]

How to pick better fonts

How to pick better fonts

How do you pick your fonts? It’s easy! Just look at type samples and find one that catches your eye. Throw that one out. All this month, Tom Christensen of the always interesting Right Reading has been guest-blogging over at ForeWord magazine. For his final post, he offers “a simplified speed course in making books […]

Wrong, all wrong!

The didn’t mention anything about how each character of the book is placed on the page using tweezers. Also? That guy at the 2:54 mark is really scary. (Via BoingBoing)

Job application tips

Job application tips

I’m in the process of hiring an assistant, someone who can toil away at the work thing while I’m at school making crafts, and I’ve finally dug down to the bottom of the pile of résumés that began pouring in thirty minutes after I posted the job. (And if you haven’t heard from me yet, […]

revised price list

Well, nobody can accuse book designers of price fixing.

Tom Christensen did an informal survey of four book designers to find out how much they’d charge for a hypothetical job. I was trying to determine a reasonable price for a 320-page hardcover collected poems, interior and cover/jacket design. . . . According to the 2001 edition of the Graphic Artists Guild handbook of Pricing […]