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Are publishers actually interested in selling books? is the title of an anonymous but well-written article over at Bookarazzi. To most authors it looks as if the publishing process comes to a dead stop at midnight on the day of publication.
The Ethics of Book Reviewing at the Book Critics Circle:
And 60.5 percent think it’s okay for a newspaper book section or magazine to ignore self-published books submitted by authors.
Jan Dalley lunches Umberto Eco in The Financial Times:
“You know, I have written 40 books, but I am famous in Italy for a few sentences in one essay I wrote in 1961, on the quiz programme Buongiorno, where I demonstrate that in every civilisation people have wanted to worship superior beings – the Greek gods, the knights of the round table, superheroes. But television has realised that while the idol was once Greta Garbo, no one could be like Greta Garbo, now the model is the nice girl who looks like everyone else – no one has to feel inferior to her. And television also gives us the fall guy, over whom everybody can exercise his own sense of superiority. In this sense television has brought a radical change.”