Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: books

Apple Doesn’t Want You Reading Kama Sutra

Ug. Apple iPhone App store rejects Eucalyptus ereader app … because you can read erotic texts from the public domain. As we say in Quebec, QQF? I presume this will get sorted out, but still … If you’re wondering why Eucalyptus is not yet available, it’s currently in the state of being ‘rejected’ for distribution […]

Download Decade

Books are going digital. New York Times had an article about the implications, which reminded me of that famous saying about not knowing history and doomed repeats. Things to remember: a) this means that if people want a book for free, it’ll be gettable free b) there’s nothing anyone can do about that c) the […]

BookCampTO Logo

So along with a few others, I’ve been organizing BookCampToronto, a: conversation about the future of books, writing, publishing, and the book business in the digital age. The event is June 6, but it’s currently full (huge flood of demand), but send an email to if you’d like to get put on the waiting […]

Blind Spot, Chapter Three

From an old unpublished novel, for a lark, here is Chapter 3: Vivianne stood inside the walk-in refrigerator, with her back to me, her small wiry body tight and ready to pounce, her mass of curly blond hair bobbing with her head. She wore her crisp white chef’s jacket, with loose-fitting black-and-white checked pants, held […]

Blind Spot: Chapter One

Have I ever mentioned that I wrote a novel? I finished Blind Spot in 2005, sent it out, got a stack of rejections. It’s been sitting in various formats of a drawer for years now, and I figured it was time to release it into the wild. The about goes something like this: A novel […]

Where Is the Reader?

My write-up of Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, over at the Book Oven Blog: I’m back from TOC and still mulling over the problems, and maybe some solutions to problems in the publishing business. There are lots, but a fundamental problem seems to be that most publishing houses have never had much to do […]

Announcing BookCamp Toronto, June 6

Announcing BookCamp Toronto, Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the MaRS Center, 101 College Street. BookCampToronto is a free unconference (definition at wikipedia) about: The future of books, writing, publishing, and the book business in the digital age. For more information, and to register, suggest sessions, please visit the wiki. BookCamp Toronto is inspired by BookCamp […]

RIP, John Updike

Bookcamp: The Books Are All Right

[x-posted at Book Oven & Huffpo] As the death watch continues for the publishing business and perhaps even the book itself, a group of writers, technologists, publishers, agents, designers, booksellers, and social architects convened in London for BookCamp, a one-day thinking session (bookish experimentation) about what the future of the written word might be. The […]


Just posted over at LibriVox: Just in time for your 2008/09 new year’s celebration, LibriVox has reach another great milestone, by cataloging our 2,000th book, Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. VI. The rest of the series can be found here: The History of the Decline and […]