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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Cuts
Today marks the last Sunday Sundries and final installment of its sister column on Open Book Ontario, Fiction Craft. Thanks for reading.

Parasites
Ha ha! Well done, Guardian! Screw Amazon.

Greed
Why do people think indie bookstore owners are any less greedy than Amazon? Oh well. How to Quit Amazon and Shop in an Actual Bookstore.

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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Chances

So you want to be a writer, eh? Roll the die at LA Times to see where the writing life might take you.

Wolves

I suppose there are some people out there who think spending a day with George RR Martin and a pack of wolves might be fun. Some might even pay $20K for the experience.

Words

How is it that some people get so worked up about fonts? I'll never know.

Visions

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Copycats

Why do so many books about Africa have virtually identical cover designs?

Zombies

Bestsellers brainwash you to think like everyone else.

Circles

I recently pointed you at a Casual Optimist blog post about book covers featuring triangles. Now he's got one about concentric circles.

Wants

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Adios

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Bestseller or Bust!

Or maybe both? The news is out: being a writer pays crap. And so is the update: it pays crappier today than ever.

Library Porn

Fodor's presents a gallery of the World's 20 Most Stunning Libraries.

Life Savers

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

SEX
Back in the day when I worked in bookstores and Madonna's book Sex was published, complete with it's silver Mylar wrapper, I had a movement when I thought it might be a good idea to snap up a few copies and tuck them away intact and unopened until the thing went out of print, as a sort of "investment". I didn't do it because, frankly, the book was such an idiotic waste of atoms that I just couldn't justify spending money on it. Still, my instincts were right: Sex topped the list of 2013's most sought after OOP books.

The Girl Who...

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