En Weekus Publishus
First off, a big congratulations is in order to friend-o’-the-blog Patricia Wood for her Orange Prize nomination for her novel LOTTERY! She was just one of seven debut novelists to be nominated, so let’s all give an orange juice toast to Patricia!
If you work at the publisher Thomas Nelson, chances are you’re in much better shape than I am. According to CEO/blogger Michael Hyatt, a full 1/4 of Thomas Nelson’s employees are running half marathons. All I can say is: wow. Also: there are quite a few publishers I know who would need an entire hospital to follow them in the event their employees ran a half marathon.
Via Publishers Lunch, there’s some big news in the bookselling business, as Borders is showing some signs of financial weakness amid the credit crunch and their ongoing reorganization. There are some fears that they might be on the auction block. Maya Reynolds has a great breakdown of the issues this raises, and all I can say is: Borders, get well soon.
mkcbunny pointed me to the front page of Amazon.com, where there is currently a message from Jeff Bezos explaining why there is a six-week wait to get a Kindle. It also has a picture of an edible Kindle, which might explain why it has such a short shelf life (I slay myself).
And finally, if you think I write long posts on The Wire, check out David Simon’s Huffington Post article, in which he reveals that the major storyline that most people missed in Season 5 was that the newspaper missed every big story of the season. Only… what with Prop Joe and Omar and the homeless murderer scam going unnoticed by the Sun, I kind of got that. Still the greatest show ever though!
Have a great weekend!