Publishing

Lawrence of Arabia, The Authorised Biography

November 6, 2011
By Jeremy Wilson

A new edition in progress. I completed Lawrence of Arabia, The Authorised Biography in 1989. The full text ran to 1,200 pages – around half a million words. It was published in Britain that year by Heinemann, and in the US by Atheneum in 1990. The New York Times Review of Books ranked it among...
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“Collectable” ebooks?

March 9, 2011
By Jeremy Wilson

A recent blog posting about “signed” ebooks set me thinking about the prospects for ebook collecting. These are, surely, close to zero. By definition, an ebook is intangible. The tangible object is the ebook reader. You can read an ebook – but you can’t pick it up. Moreover, developing technology is likely to render today’s...
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eBooks: time will tell

July 19, 2010
By Jeremy Wilson

eBooks and their manufacturers have brought something of a culture shift to the profession of publishing. Print publishers are – to say the least – conservative about spending money on publicity. eBooks, however, are a product of the consumer electronics industry. Like the motor-industry of old, this thrives on innovation and obsolescence, styling and fashion, and...
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If eBooks rise, what will fall?

March 20, 2010
By Jeremy Wilson

I don’t have an eBook reader – at present I wouldn’t have a use for one – but I know people who own and like them. As with all new gadgets, the readers will almost certainly get better as a result of user feedback. Successful models should soon be much cheaper. Let’s therefore assume that...
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Some thoughts on book design

March 19, 2010
By Jeremy Wilson

I believe that the fundamental purpose of a book is to preserve and communicate information (which could be any kind of text or graphic). I do not believe that the physical form of a book should push that fundamental purpose into second place. If that happens, the result loses its moral claim to be...
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