Emma passes along a link to Toby Mundyâ€™s excellent essay, â€œGood Books,â€ which appeared last October in Prospect Magazine. In it, Mundy rejects the argument that books are being dumbed-down, and discusses the march toward electronic publishing and its likely effect on the publishing industry.
Vanessa Thorpe, for The Guardian, says nonfiction books–especially biographies–are getting shorter. A few weeks ago, Blake Morrisonâ€™s “Just Feel the Width” appeared in the same publication. Morrison argued that there is a trend toward longer fiction, and said, â€œIt’s not only novels, of course. Biographies are getting fatter. Cookbooks are getting fatter. Even slimming books are getting fatterâ€¦.â€
Fresh Sheet promises book industry news, publicity and gossip. Iâ€™m adding it to my daily roster. Book Talk Canada, a section of the site, promotes independent Canadian bookstores. (Link via Things Magazine, which I adore, and not only because a second link to my blog, along with links to Miami Stories (a site I edit) and Eyeshot, appeared there on Friday.)
Tim Adams read the top ten books on the U.K. bestseller list from last week.