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Even though my Cardinal were destroyed by the Cardinals in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, I’m comforted by the fact that my bracket stands at a cool 15 out of 16 picks, with my one mistake being my sentimental Stanford pick. This unquestionably means that I will be wrong on all 16 games today.
Are you ready for some Potter mania? Scholastic just announced an astounding, astonishing, astronomical, and every other “ast” word you can think of, 12 MILLION COPY FIRST PRINTING for the new Harry Potter book. With a cover price of $34.99, this means that the first printing alone is greater than the GDP of 13 countries (yes, I did the math). Hey Tonga, better get cracking on that YA novel you’ve been putting off writing.
Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt happens to be an avid blogger, and he had his peeps compile a list of the ten biggest publishers. Find out which multinational corporation sells more books than all the other multinational corporations here. I’ll give you a hint. The biggest publisher starts with an R and ends with andom House.
And finally, as reported by Gawker, lit blog The Millions has thrown down with lit journal n+1 over an n+1 article that said lit blogs “represent a perfection of the outsourcing ethos of contemporary capitalism,” and where it was generally suggested that lit blogs were a nonserious medium (um, I’ll plead guilty on that one). In response, The Millions sent back this withering salvo (along with some interesting, thoughtful discourse): “[n+1]’s editors are prodigiously gifted, respected, drowning in indie cred,’ and despite (or because of) such stimulating missteps as ‘The Blog Reflex,’ the journal provides a much-needed antidote to the inanities of consumer culture.” TAKE THAT, n+1.
Have a good weekend everyone!