BEA Rebrands Consumer Day BookCon – Possibly recognizing the wincing awfulness of anything book-related being called “Consumer Day,” BEA is elevating the profile of that particular day and calling it “BookCon,” which will allow exhibitors to relocate their booths to the BookCon hall or purchase a “satellite booth” there for a mere $1,000.
“Elaborating on the shift, BEA said that its “research, industry trends, and direct feedback” has shown that the consumer aspect of the show is “critical to driving our core values which are launching and discovering new titles and authors.””Publishers Weekly
British Library staging exhibition of comics in ‘overdue’ celebration of genre – For the first time, well, ever, the British Museum is showcasing comics, because even though it “holds the complete output of the British comics industry,” the Museum has spent more energy on what the library’s CEO refers to as the “higher culture parts of our collection.” Also watch for an exhibition of Gothic literature in the Fall (yay!).
“The exhibition will have sedition and rebellion at its heart, said Dunning. It will also aim to explode a few myths, not least that the publications are all about superheroes and that reading them is the pastime of boys, he added.”
“When we first started to talk to people about this comic book show some people said ‘it’s only for boys’. It’s garbage,” said Dunning. “People were saying girls don’t like blood and psychologically upsetting things and the girls were saying, ‘we love it’.”The Guardian
O.E.D.’s New Chief Editor Speaks of Its Future – For any of you who are not familiar with the Oxford English Dictionary (O.E.D. for short), you are missing out on one of the most valuable and fascinating linguistic resources in the world. Etymology, cultural history, and living archive all at once, I would venture to say that the O.E.D. is an indispensable tool for any writer.
Nearing only its third edition, and with a new chief editor for the first time in 20 years, the O.E.D. currently has 619,000 words defined, and should be complete by 2037 (assuming everything goes well). It’s also expensive (unless you have university access) and can be somewhat cumbersome to use (the full edition is 20 volumes). But hopefully not for long:
“Mr. Proffitt advocates links in digitized literature to O.E.D. entries; he wants more use by students, whose distinction between “dictionary” and “web search” is increasingly blurred; he is also willing to license O.E.D. data to other companies.”New York Times
Icahn takes eBay stake, seeks PayPal spinoff – Now this is interesting. Carl Icahn, described in the story as an “activist investor,” has acquired .82 percent of eBay. Given the value of the shared PayPal & eBay assets, I’m thinking it cost a hell of a lot to acquire less than 1 percent of the company. Still, Icahn has big plans:
“Icahn, a billionaire known for taking stakes in companies to force changes or pay dividends to shareholders, has nominated two of his employees to eBay’s board ‘and submitted a non-binding proposal for a spinoff of its PayPal business into a separate company,’ said an eBay statement.”Yahoo News
Lil Kim — BOARD UP THE WINDOWS … Zombie Girl Sues – A couple of weeks ago, TMZ reported that an artist named Samantha Ravndahl sent a cease and desist letter to Lil’ Kim for using an image Ravndahl created to promote her music — without permission or licensing fee. Apparently Lil’ Kim ignored Ravndahl, who is now suing the singer for $150K. I suspect there will be a quick settlement, but TMZ mentions the irony that Kim had previously accused Nicki Minaj of ‘stealing her swag’ (I assume in the design sense).TMZ
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