Friday Reads: This Is One of the Best Descriptions of the Literary Novel I’ve Seen.

For this Friday reads post: a response to Will Self’s death of the literary novel article and why talking to yourself boosts your thinking.

Over the weekend, I read Will Self’s article in The Guardian (“The novel is dead (this time it’s for real)“). No, there’s no irony in that title. Self is really mad that the literary novel isn’t “central to the culture,” as if it’s been central to culture throughout the 20th century but hasn’t had importance thanks to the Kindle.

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Friday Reads: Enhanced Scholarly E-Books and an E-Ink Coffee Mug

Why do so many scholars hate e-books? Maybe they’ll understand the technology when it serves them coffee.

I subscribe to a scholarly listserv on the history of the book to keep up with the latest in book technology. Recently, a debate started about the long-term viability of e-books and whether or not digital books work for academic readers, who often need to reference pre-digital, scanned, and print-archived materials.

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Friday Reads: Stuff to Read Before the Break

It’s almost Christmas break here in the U.S. Time for some articles to read before you head off to do whatever it is you do this season.

It looks like this is the last Friday Reads of the year. We’ll be off most of next week for Christmas, although we have an interview and an article scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Then we’re taking a few days off for time with family. Continue reading →

Friday Reads: Links to Help You Craft Your NaNoWriMo Book

Did you participate in National Novel Writing Month this year? If so, you might be absolutely fed up with your manuscript right now. But once you’re ready to start editing your NaNoWriMo draft, here are some links that will help you with the process.

First suggestion: is a great choice if you need a quick guide to tricky grammar and style issues. I used Grammarly’s proofreading software because, let’s face it, grammar’s tough. And even a professional editor needs help sometimes.

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