Hugh McGuire

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

Category: books

Publishing is Dead. Long Live Publishing.

[cross posted at the Book Oven Blog] There’s been much teeth gnashing and lamenting over the impending collapse of the publishing business. See, for instance, the exhaustive New York Magazine article titled The End, with the lede: “The book business as we know it will not be living happily ever after.” Readers are reading less […]

Book Covers

Covers is a beautiful weblog dedicated to the appreciation of book cover design, run by Fwis, a design firm based out of Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR. They post pics of covers, comment on them, and invite outside commentary. Some other nice covers can be found here and here.

Matt Ojingogoes

Matt just released his beautiful new book, Ojingogo. (I don’t think you can buy it online yet.) I’m not a great reader of graphic novels, but I must say I love Drawn & Quarterly’s store on Bernard, and the attention graphic novelists, their publishers, and their readers give to the object of the book. The […]

books out, smelly candles in

I just spoke with someone in the publishing business about the discouraging state of Canadian fiction. Not the writing, but the business side. I’m not sure what has happened in the rest of the world, but: Chapters/Indigo has reduced space for books from 70% to 60%. The rest is candles and calendars and crap of […]

getting to know a text

I just finished writing a book review, for Books in Canada (I’ve suggested they fix their site). My reviewing technique, which is the same technique I used writing papers on texts in university, and is probably total overkill, is to make notes of important passages while reading, and then copy all those passages out (in […]


Michael Geist has an article in the Toronto Star about Canadian book 2.0 projects. The two projects cited are Evan’s Wikitravel Press, and LibriVox. About Wikitravel Press, says he: For example, Wikitravel, one of the Internet’s most acclaimed travel websites, was launched in 2003 by Montreal residents Evan Prodromou and Michele Ann Jenkins. Using the […]

LibriVox: Apologia

Been a while since I wrote a longish piece on LibriVox. Peter Kerry Powers, a Professor of English and chair of the English department at Messiah College, wrote a piece about audio books, and LibriVox, here. I commented on that post, Peter answered here, and this was my comment to on his second piece (i’ve […]

what’s wrong with google books

From the NYTimes: Several major research libraries have rebuffed offers from Google and Microsoft to scan their books into computer databases, saying they are put off by restrictions these companies want to place on the new digital collections. The research libraries, including a large consortium in the Boston area, are instead signing on with the […]

Regret the Error

Went to Craig Silverman’s book launch for Regret the Error … looks great. Good crowd of mtl geeks and other folk. Blurb from the introduction to the book, by Jeff Jarvis: Craig Silverman’s examination of the art of the correction in his blog and now this book could not come at a better time for […]

librivox – nanowrimo

LibriVox is doing another national novel writing month (nanowrimo) novel … why not sign up for a chapter here. background: During the month of November 2007, LibriVox volunteers write the serial novel The Yellow Sheet together, based on the guidelines of the National Novel Writing Month. Each volunteer writes one or more chapter (we do […]