SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

There's a reformation under way folks
The long-form census? Who needs it?
Small lit magazines? Who needs 'em?
Affirmative action? Who needs it?
Canadian publishing? Who needs it?

E-books, coming to a cell phone near you
...especially if you live in China, where, according to Publishing Perspectives, there are 700-800 million smart phones in circulation.

Not so Kafkaesque after all
Remember how I mentioned last week that The Law wasn't going to show the likes of you what was inside Kafka's safe deposit boxes? Well, apparently The Law has changed its mind.

Nerd power
Comics Alliance has a funny story, with (not so great) video, about how attendees of this year's Comic Con in San Diego staged a reception for nut-job hatemongers from the Westboro Baptist Church.

Embarrassed to be seen reading a Kindle on the subway?
Yeah, you probably should be, but don't worry, help is here.

The culture of narcissism
...expert Brett Easton Ellis discusses it, and other stuff in a video on The Guardian

Remember last week's "slow reading" movement?
To hell with that. Now you can read faster than ever on the web with Zapreader! All you have to do is remove all the Internet crap, like links, Flash, videos and sentences.

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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