Archive for the 'Books' Category

Writers Who Blog

Monday, December 8th, 2008

I recently read a sentence in a piece of real journalism in which the writer proclaimed his status as a non-blogger. Blogging was a worthy subject but, as far as he saw it, not a worthy endeavor for a writer. You don’t have to look very hard to find journalists who disagree with him.

What got me thinking about the subject of writers who blog was that I started reading a new to me blog and I had become completely immersed in the blog before I even noticed that the author was an accomplished novelist. When I saw the link to her book, I clicked it while anticipating a typical blogger’s best effort at book writing and I was surprised to find an absolutely gripping work of fiction. Actually, it was the first chapter hosted on her site and I am a bit frustrated now because there is virtually no way for me to access the rest of it :(

I am actually considering some kind of barter-type approach to getting an electronic version of the book. I am living in a country with very little access to English language fiction, but there is a lot of neat stuff here that is hard to come by in Montana.

Anyway, I should actually address the supposed subject of this post before I publish it. Writers write. Bloggers blog. Some writers blog. Some Bloggers write.

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The Kindle

Monday, November 19th, 2007

The new eBook reader that Amazon is introducing has not captured my imagination. That may be becasue I am not a consumer of books in any form. I rely on the public library and the SPCA used book sale and the generosity of colleagues for my meager demand for long form literature.

The consumers of the world who are also readers may embrace this device with some vigor. I am a bit intrigued by the idea that the digital information that comprises a book is going to be deliverable via a wide area cellular network. I’m not sure how soon that will be a reality, but the hardware is capable and a carrier is talking to Amazon.

Travel Book Writing

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

I have read a few travel books in recent years. I am glad that I don’t live in an area that has been written up by Rick Steves. He is a trusted source of information for American tourists who want to learn to be travelers. He has regretfully tipped the masses of to many undiscovered places that became overcrowded tourist stops in the span of just a few years. We suspect that there are a few places that he doesn’t write about because he is scared of spoiling them.

His model of a single trusted source making a life’s work out of figuring out the tricky stuff for tourists so their one chance to visit a region can be a great experience works well. A totally different tack is taken by Rough Guides. These are generally written by people who live in the regions about which they write. For some of the authors, it may be the only travel guide that they ever write. I think this model can work too, but I suspect that they vary a great deal in tone, and in accuracy.