Archive for November 2007

E-books? What else is new

November 20, 2007

Any one who follows electronics or publishing is probably aware that Amazon recently launched it’s new e-book reader, Kindle, designed to compete with the Sony e-book reading device.

According to Publisher’s Weekly Kindle’s main advantage is that through a deal with Amazon and Sprint the device uses Sprint’s wireless network to download e-books directly from Amazon’s website. If you want to check the review out for yourself (it seems a little biased in favor of the new device, which all the attendees of its release received for free) click here.

In my opinion however, the Sony device still has one big advantage: its much better looking. The Amazon Kindle looks like a space-age device, directly off of a flying saucer, or out of an episode of star trek; not like a device you would want to pull out on the subway. Meanwhile, the Sony E-book reader looks more like most of the other hand held devices out there – and is $100 cheaper.

Being able to download your books on the go is definitely an advantage; but personally I’m going to wait for a device with the best of both worlds, that also has the advantage of a more nature look and feel. A device designed to remind me of an actual book would certainly be more pleasing to the eye; something with the e-ink technology of Sony, plus the search feature and the ability to download books anywhere that Kindle offers, but that also doesn’t cost half the price of a new computer. With the trend up and running it’s just a matter of time until someone else comes out with one, and perhaps this person will bother to read the reviews already out there for the other two devices.

Writer’s Digest – A+

November 7, 2007

My Professional Editing Professor gave us an assignment recently that required us to pick up several magazines and compare them in terms of graphic design. I proceeded to go to one of several magazine stands in Grand Central and randomly look around for interesting magazines, or ones that caught my eye. The magazines I picked up were Pink, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and Writer’s Digest.

Writers Digest is a hidden gem. Anyone who is interested in writing or in publishing should make a point to pick it up, if not regularly, at least occasionally. In this month’s issue (December 2007) I found their articles on blogs (which inspired this blog, and reccomended this site) , several writing prompts, and advice on how to get published.

For anyone in my position, interested in going into publishing, these articles can help you pick up on things that people submerged in the industry forget aren’t common knowledge. In particular I really enjoyed the quiz Writer’s Digest had on page 79, “Do You Know How to Ask for a Raise?” I also found the article “Proceed with Caution” very interesting, it discusses the usage of swear words in fiction.

I’ll leave you with a quote Writer’s Digest had on page 15, “I’m a little obsessive about grammer. I always thought the band should be called The Whom.” – Scott Roeben.