The Five Best Books Ever: A List

Over the past few years I’ve been making a concerted effort to dive in to a lot more “classic” literature. I’d already read a fair amount of it, mixed in with modern day thrillers and adventure stories, but until less than a year ago, I hadn’t even read a book by Steinbeck. Huxley has been a favorite of mine for quite a while, and I’ve slowly been working my way through his entire bibliography, but last year at a sale at the local library I picked up a few other…

New Instagram “Bookstagram” Account: MarkedBooks

I’ve been on Instragram for quite a while now, but never really got that into it until about six months ago when I finally started to understand the way it and the community works. Since then I’ve been a fairly active instagrammer (even if I only have about 150 followers) – but recently I was inspired to start a separate, themed, Instagram account. With all the beautiful photos I see people post of their books, I knew the world didn’t need another cover art Instagram / bookstagram account. So I…

Really New Think for Old Publishers

Yesterday afternoon here at South by Southwest (SXSW) I had the chance to sit in on a panel featuring Clay Shirky (author of Here Comes Everybody) and several key members of the traditional book publishing world, including representatives of Penguin and Bloomsbury, titled New Think for Old Publishers.  Unfortunately this panel had very little think involved, as the first half of the panel basically consisted of introductions, descriptions of favorite books recently read and attempts to reinforce the importance of the beaurocratic system traditional publishers work in (and why this…