As I have discussed previously in the "About" section of the site, my study and interest in ancient English building styles and revival-style architecture left me rather empty after the completion of my home in the 1990's. While the work has continued on there over the years (and it still does) I had sought to use the knowledge I had gained in some useful manner, and The Steadfast was the result.
While the book is also currently available through Creatspace in a print version, I just finished converting it to a PDF ebook version that is available from Lulu at $3.77. To check out a few sample chapters, head over to http://thesteadfastnovel.blogspot.com ...
When you feel down, turning to self-help books might seem like a good solution. But new research suggests it probably won't leave you feeling a whole lot better.
Consumers of self-help books are more sensitive to stress and show more depressive symptoms than those who don't read such literature, University of Montreal psychologists found.
For the small pilot study, the researchers tested 30 people for personality and mental health traits such as stress reactivity (the tendency to respond to a stressor, measured by stress hormone levels present in saliva), openness, self-discipline, extraversion, compassion, emotional stability, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms....[click headline for more]
Exeter now finally has its own ‘tube style’ map of its pubs and drinking holes.
Maths teacher John Coats and JJM Designs have recently published their Pubstops of Exeter design. The new design displays almost 100 pubs and bars of Exeter set out in the distinctive style of the London underground map, each pub being marked on as a stop or interchange. The tube lines follow roads, so each ‘line’ really could be motivation for a pub crawl...[click headline for more]
HARLEM — To developers it's a dilapidated warehouse standing in the way of economic development, but to preservationists it's the last relic of Harlem’s industrial past.
Both sides squared off on the status of the Yeungling Brewery Complex on Amsterdam Avenue Thursday during a public hearing hosted by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which will make a decision on a number of buildings that have been under consideration for decades...[click headline for more]
We all have our favorite spots for browsing the latest titles and uncovering hidden gems, but who better to share their picks of most beloved bookstores than the authors whose names appear on those hallowed store shelves. Spoiler: It's a very tough choice to make.
1. HANYA YANAGIHARA // AUTHOR OF 'A LITTLE LIFE' "Three Lives & Company, in New York's West Village, is the kind of tiny, cheery bookshop that exists only in movies, and that people come to New York hoping to find (well, I did). If you go at 5 p.m. on any weekend, there's a lovely, two-glasses-of-rosé kind of intimacy that settles in, an impromptu salon of regulars, the very well-read bookselling staff, and tourists all talking books." ...[click headline for more]
After a multimedia overview of the Hollywood industry by A. Scott Berg, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday moderated a panel on making books into movies with Lawrence Wright, Anne-Marie O'Connor & Berg at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: With the publication of his first book, "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius," in 1978, A. Scott Berg won a National Book Award. His third book, "Lindbergh," about the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998...[click headline for YouTube page]
The world did not come to an end in 2012, there has been no zombie-takeover and to the relief of book publishers and sellers everywhere, the eBooks apocalypse slated for 2015 will also pass over us without too much fuss. Despite a few years of honest worry — when print sales dropped while eBooks flourished — it appears as though the print industry is safe for another few years.
According to data collected by the Association of American Publishers, eBook sales dropped by 10% in the first few months of 2015, and last years total sales are the same as they were a few years ago....[click headline for rest of story]
Last year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Zhao Shuai negotiated over 73 cooperation deals. He hopes to top that number this year. His chances aren't bad. The publisher he works for, Beijing Culture and Language University Press, specializes in textbooks for people learning Chinese as a second language - and there are more and more of them around the world.
Southeast Asian countries are very interested, says the young man. He just sold licenses for 33 textbooks to a Vietnamese publisher...[click headline for rest of story]
Somewhere between manual and memoir, designer extraordinaire Michael Bierut’s new How to book begins with a chapter on “how to be a graphic designer in the middle of nowhere.” The answer, smuggled between stories of growing up in Ohio, taking art classes, and looking closely at record sleeves and posters in his local shopping mall, is:
“No one can tell you what to do… the real fun is figuring out how to do it.” ...[click headline for complete story]
I admit it. I'm a diehard fan of books. I do appreciate e-books, but to me, there's nothing like the look and feel of print books.While owners of e-book readers often crow about carrying dozens of books on their Kindles, I happen to believe there are still advantages to print books.Here are My Top 5 Advantages of Print Books...[click headline for rest of story]
Will e-books and e-readers eradicate the existence of print books? For now, it seems like the answer is “no.” The New York Times reports that some surveys have shown that younger readers favor reading from a print book versus an e-reading device. In recent years, the sales of digital books and e-readers have been slowly declining. This trend has also affected e-book subscription services; just this week the executives at Oyster have announced the company’s impending shut down..[click headline for rest pof story]
So, you’ve done it. You’ve finished your book. You’ve peaked that literary summit of authorship and are sucking in the sweet, sweet oxygen that is success. And now that you’re at the top, you’re looking down on the whole publishing world and have decided that the plot of land that is indie publishing—that beautiful, little (but growing!) plot right over there; yep, over there; a little to the left; see it?—is your perfect destination....click headline for rest of story]
From Sense and Sensibility to Nineteen Eighty-Four, we’ve thumbed through the pages of our Awards Archive to bring you eight awe-inspiring examples of award-winning Book Design...[click headline for whole story]
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates' brief, unflinching meditation on race and police violence, has won the US National Book Award for nonfiction night.
The fiction prize was given to Adam Johnson's Fortune Smiles, an eclectic and edgy story collection set everywhere from the former East Germany to a Louisiana community reeling from Hurricane Katrina.
Coates' book has been on best-seller lists for months, and his acceptance speech was a stirring expression of gratitude and frustration. He dedicated his honor to his friend Prince Jones, who was killed by police 15 years ago and whose tragedy is at the core of Between the World and Me...[click headline for more]
The craft beer craze has taken the world by storm as people have started to turn away from cheap mass-produced beers and looked towards more flavorful artisanal beers. This has made things pretty difficult for those who don’t know their IPAs from their APAs, but an app called Letsee could help clear things up.
Picture this: You’re standing in front of a shelf full of various craft beers and can’t make up your mind. All you have to do is open Letsee and point your camera at whatever beer you want to know more about. The app scans the bottle’s shape along with the label to bring you basic information about the beverage alongside user-generated comments and hashtags describing the flavor...[click headline for more]
There's a new movement changing the landscape of our neighborhood dining scene. And it's flowing on draft at an independent brewpub near you.
With the craft-beer movement doubling its share of the U.S. market over the last five years, most Americans now live within 10 miles of a brewery. In the beer-savvy Philadelphia region, people are even closer...[click headline for more]
Gabrielle Coyne, the chief executive of Penguin Random House, is to leave the publishing company in a move that has taken authors and fellow publishers by surprise. After a 25-year career with Penguin that began as an assistant in the marketing department, she has been replaced by Julie Burland, Random House director of children's publishing and business development manager.
It was just over two years ago that Melbourne-based Penguin and Random House merged their operations, with Random taking a 53 per cent share of the new company. Coyne, who had been running Penguin since 2003, became chief executive of PRH Asia Pacific....[click headline for more]
Harriet Klausner never read a book she didn’t like.
Literally. “If a book doesn’t hold my interest by page 50, I’ll stop reading,” she told the Wall Street Journal in 2005. But Klausner liked most of the books she encountered, and she said so, with gusto. Most of the 31,014 reviews she wrote for Amazon — the most from any one user on the site — sounded like this one:...[click headline for more]
Ever since a university gave me a literature degree certifying that I have read Chaucer in the original Middle English, my taste in books has reverted to very specific, lowbrow stuff. I like murder mysteries, heist books and spy books, preferably from the 1950s through the 1980s. These titles can be hard to find; many of them are out of print, unavailable on Kindle, and their presence in the New York Public Library is hit or miss...[click headline for more]
This may be remembered as the year China’s publishing industry truly went global. In May, a large delegation of Chinese publishers attended BookExpo America, a major publishing trade event, as international guests of honor. And on Thursday, the Publishers Association of China, a government-backed industry group, was admitted to the International Publishers Association, a Geneva-based federation of more than 60 organizations whose mission includes promoting the freedom to publish....[click headline for more]
If we were to create a list of must-haves for our future dream home, a library, without question would make the cut. Here at Design & Trend, we are avid readers who passionately collect books of all varieties. It would be ideal to have a space within our home that is entirely dedicated to a growing book collection.
Books provide different meanings for different people, and for us they can be great conversation starters or decorative elements for the home, but mostly, they offer a great escape from our everyday realities...[click headline for complete story]
Once a book is ready to be published, the stress of writing it is taken over by the stress of selling it for the right amount, and the stress of engaging with as many readers as possible.
Whether you are a fiction author, a poet or a fitness professional, selling a book impacts you in the same way: you struggle with implementing a sales and marketing plan and wonder why did you ever get caught up in this mess in the first place! ...[click headline for complete story]
The vast majority of libraries in the United States have an e-book collection. The American Library Association claims that 90% of all branches have one, whereas the Library Journal states this figure is closer to 95%. The larger libraries spend millions of dollars every year, developing their collections, but is this money well spent? Maybe not. Pew Research has said that less than 38% are actually aware their library has a digital collection and only 6% have actually borrowed one...[click headline for more]
Working in the creative department at a small non-profit book publisher, we are constantly brainstorming new ideas of how to get our books noticed while not breaking the bank. Perhaps surprisingly, our limitations are sometimes what help elevate our designs to a higher standard. Our department is constantly brainstorming new ways to communicate our message through a combination of digital and physical media. I have had to rely on my abilities to illustrate, draw text, sculpt, paint, photograph, and collage on covers....[click headline for rest of story]
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