Seagull Books

Today’s issue of Shelf-Awareness has a “book Brahmin” interview with Naveen Kishore, the publisher at India-based Seagull Books. Kishore was asked who his top 5 authors are and he responded:

Changes over time. Right now, this moment: Ivan Vladislavic, Inka Parei, Urs Widmer, Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Alexander Kluge. Totally engrossed in the authors I publish. Plus one: Murakami! Oh, and yes, Thomas Bernhard. Always.

I have not read any of these authors, but I must track them down! A little literary thrill this morning!

Naveen Kishore (from Shelf-Awareness)

TOR drops DRM

This piece in the Guardian announces the decision by Tom Doherty at TOR to drop DRM from all ebooks published by the venerable SF/Fantasy imprint. The article fails to look at how this is clearly a blocking move on behalf of Macmillan which is embroiled in the Department of Justice’s price fixing lawsuit.  The real issue here is control. Since it is pretty clear that Amazon and the DOJ are likely to win the “agency model” battle, then removing DRM presumably lessens the hold that Kindle has on TOR’s books. The SF author, Cory Doctorow (who incidentally is published in the UK by Harper) is quoted as saying:

This might be the watershed for ebook DRM, the turning point that marks the moment at which all ebooks end up DRM-free. It’s a good day.

I say, this is game theory at work!

Ramblings on ebooks and the DOJ

There was an interesting piece in the Huffington Post yesterday by Warren Adler that echoes a similar sentiment put forth in an article by Thomas Catan in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week. Both writers make the point that what the allegedly publishers did (collude to fix the prices of ebooks)  was criminal and they are getting their just desserts. Adler makes the additional point that Amazon’s Kindle platform really does have competition from the likes of Sony, B&N, and Kobo–and possibly Apple–should they decide to produce a dedicated ebook device. Catan adds that anti-trust laws are not meant to drive big, profitable companies out of business:

U.S. antitrust law doesn’t seek to protect little companies against big ones, or even struggling ones against successful ones. Companies can grow as large as they want, as long as they do it through lower prices, better service or niftier innovations. Companies can even become monopolies, as long as they don’t get there illegally or try to extend their power by unlawfully stifling competition.

The thing to remember here is that the whole point of the five publishers getting together in the first place was to protect the existence of Barnes & Noble–which is facing a “Barbarians at the Gates” type of corporate takeover. The thing that I think publishers forget is that retail businesses come and go best stethoscope for medical students in india when I was a kid we had Rickle’s and Caldor’s, now we have Home Depot and Kohl’s.  Then we had Stern’s and now we have Macy’s. People still like buying physical books in a physical bookstore and some banker somewhere will put up the capital to fund another book chain if Barnes & Noble should ever go the way of Crazy Eddie’s.

And here is a link to a VERY in-depth critique of that WSJ piece I mentioned above from the Columbia Journalism Review.

Battlefield Angels

Battlefield Angels (General Military)Battlefield Angels by Scott McGaugh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Battlefield Angels is one of those rare books that opens your eyes to whole new vistas. It is foremost an homage to the thousands of very brave men and women who have put their lives at risk so that front-line soldiers can “go over the top” with the certainty that if they’re wounded there will be a medic or corpsman there to patch them up and get them home. It is also the story of how the reality of the battlefield has helped speed the progress of such medical innovations as x-rays and penicillin.Are you can’t send active email however approaching email works fine and you get a mistake message 0x8004010f that says your ‘Outlook information document can’t be gotten to’ subsequent to overhauling either Outlook or Windows it’s an indication that your profile is degenerate.Each chapter contains a battlefield biography of a prominent medic who either stands as a good example of a particular time period or stands out as particularly brave or heroic. My favorite story is that of Wheeler Lipes, the WWII Navy Corpsman and submariner who performed the first appendectomy at sea during WWII. Lipes was minimally trained and had never performed surgery, but he kept his cool and used his head and the patient survived. Unfortunately, the Navy didn’t look kindly on Lipes’ heroism–they feared that Lipes’ initiative might be copied by lesser individuals and lead to all-out chaos.

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Solo Projects

In this NPR interview with Lindsey Buckingham, the front-man for Fleedwood Mac compares his work with the band with making a movie, while his solo work is more like painting. The metaphors bring to mind the difference I experience between my work and family life and this blog. In those spheres, download wattpad apk I am part of a team, whereas here I get to call the shots. Sometimes during the past two months I have wished that I was writing for a team-type blog like galleycat, but I now realize that even if that were the case, I would still need this blog.