Posts Tagged ‘Chris Ware’

Book Links 10/9/12

October 9, 2012

In my continuing quest to make Chris Ware more money, I am once again linking to something Ware related that will help hawk his new book, Building Stories. This is an interview he’s done at Phawker that talks quite a bit about his new work. I am unashamedly marked out for it. I love the collection of different materials, the variety of forms, etc. I love thinginess and this is thinginess in spades.

Some of you might be aware of the The Humble Indie Bundle. It’s typically been a sale that has grouped together five or six video games from independent publishers and put them on sale for whatever you’re willing to pay. And not only do you get to set the price, you get to decide how much of your money goes to everyone involved. How much do the game makers get? How much does Humble get? And how much does charity get? Didn’t I mention that part of the reason they do this is for charity? Well, it is. And I am definitely trying to just guilt you into throwing your money at them.  Especially their current bundle. Ebooks.  Yes, right now they are having (as far as I know) the first ever Humble Bundle Ebook Sale!  They have an awesome collection of:

Cory Doctorow: Pirate Summer
Kelly Link: Stranger Things Happen
Kelly Link: Magic For Beginners
Paulo Bacigalupi: Pump Six
Lauren Beukes: Zoo City
Mercedes Lackey: Invasion

and if you donate more than the average, you get:

Neil Gaiman: Signal to Noise
John Scalzi: Old Man’s War

and a chunk of your money goes to charity (if you want it to)(and who wouldn’t want it to?). I’m also enthusiastic about this because it’s different. And maybe publishers will look at this and realize that, hey, maybe there is more than one way to skin a cat. And sell a book. can every book be sold in a bundle like this, likely averaging out to far less than they’d be sold separately? Of course not. But maybe there is something there that can be taken and used in the future to push ebooks on terms that are positive for the industry.

Okay, just two links today, but I make up for it by rambling on about both.

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Book Links 9-11-12

September 11, 2012

Book selling seems to be a rough sport down under. Dymocks, an Australian book seller, is pulling entirely out of New Zealand. Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch’s nephew Matt Handbury is selling his international press, Murdoch Books, to the larger publisher Allen and Unwin. This consolidation of publishers is something we should maybe start getting used to. On a related note…

Harper Collins has reached new agreements to sell its ebooks. And Amazon immediately slashes prices on two best sellers to $10.  Contrary to popular belief, converting to a digital format doesn’t appear to erase the majority of the costs for publishing companies. It’s not surprising that this misconception exists, I was under it at one time, too. However, from all that I’ve read about it the actual creation of the physical book, the paper and cardboard and ink, makes up all of 20% of the price of the books we buy. The rest of those costs? Well, some go to the writer (hopefully). Some go to the publisher as profit (again, hopefully). A lot goes to people like editors, designers, marketers, etc. Actual people who work damn hard to make a book good and interesting. And, yes, covers matter. The physical design of a book matters. I still STILL covet my hardcover of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle because of the awesome Chris Ware designed cover. Murakami’s recent 1Q84 has an equally incredible cover by Chip Kidd. I scoop up Criterion Collection movies from used stores partly because the movies are great but also because they put a lot of effort in making awesome inserts to go with the movie.   Okay, rant over. There’s just a good reason that ebooks shouldn’t head straight to Clearance Bin level prices – especially if ebooks become the primary mode of distribution. People deserve to be paid for their work.

Speaking of Chris Ware, he has a new object coming out. Building Stories. I haven’t seen it yet, obviously, but I’m a big fan and this thing is just neat looking. I’m still trying to decide if I have the money to throw down on it. I’m thinking of getting it and, if I do,  a review will go up here fast.  I just heart Chris Ware.

Finally, the short list for the Booker prize has been announced.