Publishing

Lawrence of Arabia, The Authorised Biography

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…

“Collectable” ebooks?

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…

eBooks: time will tell

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…

If eBooks rise, what will fall?

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…

Some thoughts on book design

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 a book, though it may become an art object of some different kind.