Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Book News, In Brief

From, yet another argument for print on demand: In 2005, there were approximately 1.5 billion books published and distributed to retail outlets. Out of these a staggering 465 million were returned as unsold...Interestingly this week Faber also announced that it was going to reprint its 'Classics' line using Print on Demand (POD) technology. Is this a dry run for the shape of things to come? POD is certainly a leaner and greener method of getting books into store.
What do y'all think? Personally, I'm a vegetarian, so I hate plants with a passion. Meat-based books, on the other hand...them thing's is just wrong.

National Geographic has compiled a list of the Top 50 Most Translated Authors. Strangely, a corporate entity ranks #1, while the Bible grabs the lucky 13th spot. Head over to Well-Mannered Frivolity for the whole shebang.

Everybody guessed that it was going to happen. It looks like they were right. Barnes & Noble has put together a team of executives and advisers to look into the possible acquisition of Borders.

Image: Nude With A Book by Chuck Mardosz