1) Jay Lake is cancer-free. Suck it, cancer!
2) Via the aforementioned wordwright: “The Death of the Book has Been Greatly Exaggerated.” A reasoned piece that points out how irrational a lot of the exuberance is over the end of books. Certainly this trend will develop, but all of these people who seem eager to watch the book disappear are being pretty premature in their mocking eulogies for the printed word. In this vein, Paul Jessup reminds us of other trends that were supposed to transform/eliminate the book
3) At the same time, the market fluctuations, driven by the specific changes in the trade and larger shifts in national and global economies, have created a glut of books. While this article is from the UK (and the photos are a pretty egregious example of what’s going on), there is no doubt that there is a contraction going on, and used bookstores are at the end of the chain. I can testify that this dynamic is alive and well in our local market, where we daily get large loads of books, so many that we can be extremely picky about what we buy, particularly as people now just leave books behind rather than lug them back home. It’s strange, and a bit unsettling, even as it means that we have better books to sell and this attracts more patrons to our store.
4) A literary critic reflects on bad reviews and the writer/critic dynamic.
5) Welcome to the family, Kosmoceratops!
6) In other news, I just finished reading Swords & Dark Magic, and I’ll post a review on the weekend. In brief: I liked a lot of it, but I am still not sure there was a large amount of “new” in this sword & sorcery. A few standout stories, several enjoyable tales, and a couple of meh entries. I’m working on my Apex blog entry and a couple of these stories will feature in it.