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PRH CEO: ‘Publishing Is Undeniably a Force for Good’

1 July 2016

From Digital Book World:

Penguin and Random House merged three years ago, in 2013, and today Penguin Random House’s CEO, Markus Dohle, sent an anniversary letter to employees in which he congratulated them on their hard work, but more importantly, detailed how that work is affecting people throughout the world.

“Along this road, we have continued to write our story, telling the world who we are, what we do, and why we do it,” Dohle wrote. “Equally important is how—especially in today’s dynamic and complex world, with unprecedented societal events impacting all of us.”

“Publishing is undeniably a force for good,” Dohle continued. “But working in an industry that is inherently a service to society, we risk subscribing to the notion that this is enough. It’s not. We ought to do more—and we can—by taking advantage of our capacity as Penguin Random House to drive positive social, environmental, and cultural change, locally and globally.”

Link to the rest at Digital Book World

PG says if you have any lingering doubts about Big Publishing being a force for good, the following buzzword-rich video Tour de Force will surely convince you of that truth.

PG was particularly moved by the music and noted that Randy Penguin nurtures its employees.

Strangely, there was no mention of nurturing authors. Perhaps that’s no longer fashionable – or sustainable or responsible or social or environmental or universal or cultural or local or global.

PG was so inspired by this whole experience, he wrote a new PRH slogan.

Randy Penguin: Giving back to everyone . . . except authors

 

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The Fan

29 June 2016

Nothing to do with books, but entertaining.

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Amazon Announces Page Flip– A New Way to Hop, Skim, and Jump through Kindle Books

28 June 2016

From the Amazon Media Room:

Today, Amazon announced Page Flip, a reimagined Kindle navigation experience that makes it easy to explore books while always saving your place. With Page Flip, readers can easily flip back and forth between pages to reference different parts of the book while they read. Page Flip will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air update starting today to Kindle E-readers, Fire tablets, and the free Kindle app for iOS and Android.

“Page Flip makes it easier than ever to refer back to pictures in a political memoir, flip back and forth between a map and your current page in an epic fantasy series, or find passages you’ve highlighted in an investing guide,” said Chuck Moore, Vice President, Kindle. “With Page Flip, we’ve taken inspiration from how people read print books and improved upon it.”

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Zoom out to get a bird’s eye view of the book and quickly find what you’re looking for. At a glance, easily recognize specific pages as you jump around. Pictures, charts, your highlights, and the layout of each page are easy to see with Page Flip’s pixel-accurate thumbnails that automatically adjust as you change your font and margin settings.

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Page Flip automatically saves the page you’re reading in a book, pinning it to the side of your screen for easy navigation. Flip back and forth in a book with confidence, knowing you can instantly jump back to reading with a simple tap of your pinned page.

“As an author, I love knowing that my work is presented with fluid clarity, freeing my readers from the page shuffling that can cloud and spoil the narrative,” said Laura Hillenbrand, best-selling author of Unbroken. “With Page Flip, books become vastly more accessible, navigable, interactive, and enthralling. As a ravenous reader and scholar, I savor the ease with which Page Flip allows me to keep thumbnails of maps and diagrams, my notes and highlighted passages, and bookmarked pages before me as I read, so that all I wish to see is accessible with the tap of a finger and my focus never has to leave the storytelling.”

Link to the rest at Amazon Media Room

Here’s Amazon’s Page Flip Page

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

25 June 2016

The Oxford comma’s unlikely origin

22 June 2016

The Complexity of Love

14 June 2016

Painting Pepette

13 June 2016

Spoiler alert: spoilers make you enjoy stories more

31 May 2016

From The University of California:

Noir From a Poet Of Love and Violence

26 May 2016

Not exactly about books, but PG has a weakness for noir. Speaking of which, he may have to conduct another festival of Raymond Chandler quotes soon.

From The Wall Street Journal:

There is no noir more profoundly sad than Nicholas Ray’s “In a Lonely Place” (1950), which unfolds with dark lyricism against a backdrop of violence, cynicism and suspicion. One of Ray’s most indelible stories involving characters who lash out in pointless fury—and one of his most personal films—it incorporates melodrama, echoes of Shakespeare, and heart-stopping performances by Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame.

François Truffaut called Ray “the poet of nightfall.” Eric Rohmer wrote, “Just as he is the poet of violence, Nicholas Ray is perhaps the only poet of love; it is the fascination peculiar to both feelings that obsesses him, more than the study of their origins and their close or distant repercussions.” And yet, “In a Lonely Place,” now available in a new release on DVD and Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection, continues to grow in stature, distilling as it does the essence of emotion.

Ray’s film is loosely based on Dorothy B. Hughes’s hypnotic 1947 novel about a psychopathic killer in Los Angeles, Dix Steele. Much was changed in the film, but paranoia and misogyny seep into its more tragic story as if from poisoned soil. A washed-up screenwriter who is accused of murder, Bogart’s Dix is prone to violent outbursts suggesting that he, too, could be dangerous to women.

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Dix invites Mildred (Martha Stewart), a checkroom girl, home with him to synopsize a trashy novel his friend and agent Mel ( Art Smith) has encouraged him to adapt. The next morning she is found strangled.

“Oh, I didn’t say I was a gentleman. I said I was tired,” Dix snaps, when asked by the police why he didn’t call for a taxi for Mildred.

The Wall Street Journal (Link may expire)

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Farewell Mr. Bunting

24 May 2016

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