This Week in the Blogs, August 15 – 21, 2010

by Joel Friedlander on August 22, 2010 · 1 comment

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You can feel the new season stirring to life here in the west. Driving into town, there was a soccer game on the big field at the local high school, teenagers in uniforms streaking up and down the field. Can Friday night football be far behind? This week we have a contemplation on success, a spirited discussion on the future of the book, working with Lightning Source, and a great guideline for combining fonts. Enjoy!

Cheryl Anne Garner on POD People
Vacation Thoughts on Fish and Self-Publishing Success
“I don’t want the spirit of Independent Publishing to become tainted by mainstream dogma. I don’t want to see that anarchist spirit morph into conformist bootlicking.”

Mike Shatzkin on The Idea Logical Blog
The Printed Book’s Path to Oblivion
“However one sees the balance today between printed books and ebooks, it will need to be reassessed next month. And the month after that.”

Stephen J. Gertz on Book Tryst
E-Publishing Consultant Mike Shatzkin Doesn’t Understand Books
“There’s an underlying issue at play in all of this, the fundamental that books, in whatever their form, are simply text delivery systems. That sort of reductionist approach is true enough – whether ancient papyrus scroll, manuscript copy, printed book, or digital text the essential point is to distribute the written-word product of someone’s thinking – but the down to earth reality is quite different.”

Muriel Lede on Self-Publishing Review
Publish With Lightning Source
“You indeed consider doing business with the best Print On Demand service around? Then read this comprehensive guide to get a clear idea of the process ahead and avoid making costly mistakes.”

Douglas Bonneville on bonfx
29 principles for making great font combinations
“When it comes to making font combinations, there are principles and methods, but no absolutes. You can’t apply all the principles or ideas listed here at the same time. Just peruse this list of ideas and see what strikes you as interesting, and then pursue creating your own interesting typeface pairs!”

And For Something a Little Different . . .

Dan on Raincoast Books
D.I.Y Delicious Book Trailer
“Check out this jaunty, oh-so-D.I.Y., book trailer for Vanessa Barrington’s D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food From Scratch.”

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