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Friday News: More below-stairs books, 2014 publishing predictions, Goodreads at 25M members, artisan books, and iPad wins the holiday Twitter battle

Friday News: More below-stairs books, 2014 publishing predictions, Goodreads at 25M...

“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

“‘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

“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

Friday News: 52 Books in 52 Weeks; Amazon’s numbers are in; USA Today’s year in review; Iron Maiden’s anti-piracy strategy; and Alice Walker’s awesome best-of list

Friday News: 52 Books in 52 Weeks; Amazon’s numbers are in;...

“Read Around the World:  You can read books set in and/or written by an author of a different country each week.  You can hang out in one country, exploring their history and culture or strike out across the world, mixing and mingling.  It’s entirely up to you how fast and how far and how many books you want to read.  Have fun exploring!  “ Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

“After several years of explosive growth, e-book sales are flattening out, dampening speculation that print books are dying. At Barnes & Noble, physical bookstores did better than the chain’s e-reader, Nook. Publishers Weekly saluted the “resurgence of independent bookstores” by giving its Person of the Year award to American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher and his board.” USA Today

“As far as celebrity year-end lists go, this is almost certainly the most unique offering. And when it comes to explications of reptilianism, its hard to imagine they come in much more eloquent form. Though, you know, its still an advocacy of reptilians.”The Wire