SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Birth of a book
Here's another one of those overly evocative little videos (this time from The Telegraph) about how a book is manufactured. Enjoyable, nonetheless.

Little chickens
I've worked in in the book world since 1995. Almost from the second I walked in the door of my first job, I have listened to people saying that the Canadian publishing industry is teetering on the brink of disaster. I'm told by those who are senior to me, that it has been going on a lot longer than that. My prediction: the Canadian publishing industry will continue to publish books and the chicken littles will continue to say the sky is falling.

Kids these days
I hear there's a movie out based on a dystopic book where kids meet tragic fates.

I once was lost, but now I'm found
The Book Beast gives us seven books that were once thought lost. (Not to be confused with the millions that are not lost but almost no one would miss if they were.)

Sucking up to SEO
Will the Kindle lead to the reshaping of stories and the content of fiction to suck up to SEO?

"So you're utilizing the Twitter and the Facebook?"
Two hilarious middle-aged white guys talk about how to market your book to "these young people who literally live on line". Oh wait...you mean this isn't sketch comedy?

Remember when people read books?
I'll be too busy watching a certain TV show tonight to dip into the Mad Men reading list.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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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