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GUEST BLOGGER: What Google Books Can Mean For You

February 27th, 2010

Lewis Levenberg, a graduate student in Georgetown’s Communication, Culture and Technology program, works with Booklab from time time, giving us fresh ideas for using the internet and various social media to promote authors and books.  I invited him to guest-post some of his thoughts about digital books online:

What Google Books Can Mean For You

A lot of confusion and controversy surrounds the ongoing saga of the Author’s Guild and Association of American Publishers‘  legal action against Google. Since 2005, these two book-world powers have been locked in protracted argument with the search giant’s books division over copyright and payment issues. This complex, long-term negotiation seems to be drawing to a close, with Google honing in on the rights to expand what they hope will become the largest-ever “digital library.” However, the fact that this vast database of scanned texts is well on its way to becoming the primary reading and retail source for books on the web does NOT mean that authors are left high and dry, only to watch as their work becomes available to view (at least in part) online.

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An unusual response to a university press book

January 12th, 2010

I see a lot of beautiful books while working with university presses.  But for some reason a simple yet riveting book caught my eye at the MLA conference this year, and it will be the feature of my first MLA post for 2010 as I blog what happened there.

Unpacking_My_Library

The title is Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books from Yale University Press, and its unusual concept is a collection of essays written by architects who love books.  The editor was Michelle Komie, and Michael Bierut and Yve Ludwig of Pentagram designed the cover (I originally posted that Michelle designed it, and she wrote immediately to correct me).  I met her at MLA and was so taken with the look of this book that I may have praised it a bit too much, but I was serious, it’s that cool.  This will be a series.

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