Thus far, and I write this fully aware of the fact that it’s waggling something delicate in the face of fate, this has been the week of good reviews. First it was for Slender Threads, which you may also read about here, and then for Negotiating the Jacobean Printed Book. It’s a good enough feeling to know someone’s actually read your words, but when they say nice things about them too … well, it makes for a better afternoon.
As I have mentioned once or twice, I published a book recently. It’s an academic book, a collection of essays dealing with the negotiations which surrounded the publishing of books in the Jacobean period. Roughly. It’s very pretty, and has some good stuff in it. Like most academic books, however, it is not really for consumption other than by libraries. And like most academic books, its print run was 200.
Now, I’m not one to moan about publicity, but if you google it, you will find this book for sale at:
Amazon, WHSmith, The Guardian Books, EBay, Ashgate, Waterstones, Lundhumphries, Bookdepository, Wordpower, Gowerpublishing, visionhogiru, betterread, overstock, Blackwell, adlibris …
And yes, I got bored. That’s 15 listings without trying desperately hard. For a book with 200 copies in circulation.
I’m sure this says something meaningful about the internet and replication of information leading to the diminution of knowledge, but I can’t tell, because my brain hurts.