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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Broken spines
[UPDATED] Publishers Weekly, The Bookseller and the NYTs offer articles showing the lengths Amazon is willing to go to to break the backs of publishers over e-book pricing. Want a Macmillan Books title, such as Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, or Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides? Don't look to Amazon, who are refusing to sell all books from the publisher — paper and electronic — due to Macmillan's insistence that Amazon increase the price of the publisher's e-books. (Read a public letter on this fiasco from Macmillan's CEO here.) UPDATE: Yeah, I know it's Monday and all, but this is worth noting: Amazon responded to Macmillan today by accusing the publisher of...get this!..exercising a "monopoly over their own titles". Laughable. What next, do authors exercise monopolies over their own novels? Read all about it at Moby.

Why has Amazon really banished Macmillan?
Analysts such as Peter Kafka at MediaMemo.com and Scott Cendrowski at CNNMoney, are saying the dispute is due to the launch of Apple's iPad last week. Apple seems poised to use the leverage of its new app iBook Store (only in the USA, sorry) to force the prices of e-books up. Isn't it ironic—and perhaps a bit worrisome—that publishers are seeking salvation with the very company that screwed the music industry Amazon-style?

Dear Patrick
Please educate yourself on what is actually happening in the publishing world.

"It's a napkin that's super clean!"

And it makes a good serving tray. Pee-wee Herman gives his hilarious take on Apple's iPad. (c/o LA Times)

Books really are the new gadget.
Newscientist.com has an article about a different kind of e-book — electronic pop ups.

Peruvian Pirates
The Guardian has a fascinating captioned gallery about rampant book piracy in Peru.

"grangerizing"
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, has mounted a show of grangerized books. What's grangerizing? It's the practice of supplementing books with custom imagery. Explains the Library's website: "Extra-illustration came to prominence after the 1769 publication of James Granger’s Biographical history of England. Granger’s un-illustrated book combined thumbnail biographies with lists of portraits, and readers began to supplement their copies with actual examples of the portraits. The practice spread to other texts, and the great era of extra-illustration, or 'grangerizing,' began. At its most extreme, a single volume could grow to dozens." See a gallery of 14 examples.

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Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is a novelist and journalist living in Toronto. His young adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in January 2009 by the Dundurn Group.

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