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October 18th, 2006 • Posted in Authors and Books

Obama out draws Clinton

This from Publishers Lunch:

Crowds for Obama
People stood in line on a rainy Chicago street for up to three hours before the Borders bookstore even opened as Barack Obama began his book tour for THE AUDACITY OF HOPE: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. And in Seattle, Elliott Bay Book Co. sold 2,100 tickets at five dollars each in just two hours for Obama’s appearance there later this month. They “turned away at least 100 people,” the Seattle PI reports. It will be the bookseller’s biggest speech/signing ever, filling a larger venue than they used for appearances by Bill Clinton and Colin Powell.

Today, Obama gets his big Oprah Winfrey show push before setting out on the rest of his 12-city tour.

October 17th, 2006 • Posted in Authors and Books

Robertson takes Forward

And speaking of winners, it’s great to see Robin Robertson winning the £10,000 Forward Prize for Poetry for his collection Swithering. When I first read these poems I knew immediately that they were among the best I’d ever read. Hard to explain why. I just knew. In part it’s the pleasant chemistry of simple words rubbing up against one another. (I plan to expand on this blankness). ‘Swithering’ is a Scots word meaning to suffer indecision or doubt, to be uncertain, wavering, also indeterminate and unpredictable. Nothing wavering about this Robin’s voice. Robertson, 50, from Scone, Perthshire, won another Forward Prize: Best first collection in 1997 for A Painted Field.

October 17th, 2006 • Posted in Authors and Books

Orhan Pamuk

Decent article here on Orhan Pamuk winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2006.

October 11th, 2006 • Posted in Authors and Books

Dragon heads for big screen

Naomi Novik, author of three fantasy novels chronicling the Napoleonic-era adventures of a swashbuckling ship captain and a heroic dragon named Temeraire who fight to rescue Britain from a French invasion, has just sold the film rights to all three of her books to Peter Jackson, the director of King Kong and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. More here

October 8th, 2006 • Posted in Authors and Books

Content on our terms: Publishers to Google

a proposed new protocol to govern the way search engines index and interact with publishers’ online content was recently announced at the Frankfurt Bookfair.
Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP) was unveiled at a meeting convened by the International Publishers Association and is being pushed by the major international newspaper, book and magazine publishing bodies, including the IPA.

Details of the new protocol were presented by Gavin O’Reilly, president of the World Association of Newspapers. ACAP, he said, was a way of giving the robots and web crawlers (the tools internet search engines use to index online content) clear automated rules on how content should be treated.

While O’Reilly emphasised ACAP was ‘not an anti-search engine product’ or an ‘enforcement technology,’ the proposed change is unquestionably an attempt to rein in the current practices of search engines, notably Google, who were making, he said, ‘unilateral and unbridled use of our content.’