“I read a lot of butlers’ memoirs, and what I found particularly fascinating was how [they] revealed how butlers were so butlery. … Indeed a lot of … men in service at the higher level colluded in their own caricature. And, of course, they themselves were echoing the prevailing view of what it was to be a gentleman. The butler is, as it were, a sort of echo chamber of the upstairs. In the servant’s hall he is king, as the master of the house is king upstairs. …”NPR
Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014 – I’m not sure the prediction that Barns & Noble will close or sell is exactly bold, given recent news, but there are some interesting entries on this list, from a prediction that the illustrated books will face challenges, to a guess that more publishers will start magazines, and a claim that publishers will try to diversify their revenue streams.
“‘Publishers are not going to be able to subsist or rely on endless streams of cheap digital downloads to replace lost print revenue,’ said Richard Nash, a publishing entrepreneur who was most recently vice president of community and content at Small Demons, a digital publishing start-up that has announced its closure. ‘Publishers will try to figure out where to get the revenue if not from digital downloads.'”Digital Book World
Goodreads Membership Reaches 25 Million – I personally find this depressing, given the censorship the site has been engaging in (and my understanding is that some of the readers who defected are back to the site), but this represents a near doubling of their membership since 2012, which to me, at least, suggests that reader reviews are the real “product” on which Goodreads is building its platform. Other statistics available in the GalleyCat article. GalleyCat
Lion Stone: Artisanal Books in a Digital Age – Lion Stone, an artisanal book publisher, founded by Sallie Lowenstein, has been in business for almost 20 years now, usually coming out with one book a year. In 2013, however, she produced two, and they’re definitely beautifully and artistically rendered:
“Bound in leather with a Medieval Longstitch binding and printed on archival paper, Clothed in Bark is Lowenstein’s most expensive book to date, and her only one with a leather cover. Each of the 650 copies of the first edition, 6.5 X 14 inches high, retails for $150. Art Marks, for which she initially printed 500 copies, is a more traditional size, 5-3/4 wide X 9-1/2 inches high, and is printed on what seems like a thick notebook paper. It retails for $30, in part because its Coptic binding takes only one and a half hours to bind, versus 4 hours for Clothed in Bark.”Publishers Weekly
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