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#4: Glassesgate, green publishing and defending literary agents

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Hooray - the podcast is back! With Manuela away on business, I decided to take to the mic and record a short podcast about what's been going on in the publishing industry and stuff like that.

I start with the incredible scenes at Jonathan Franzen's book launch, where some crafty punter pinched his specs and ran like the wind. All very amusing, but was the coverage of the incident a bit much?

Then I move on to e-readers and whether they are more environmentally friendly than good ol' printed books. I make a comparison with the evolution of the iPod, with the help of this great article by Leo Hickman in the Guardian.

Finally, armed with the words of Philip Goldberg writing in The Huffington Post, I defend the role of literary agents, editors and other publishing types who have a hand in getting a book to print.


Unbelievably, I recorded this whole thing with all my fancy equipment only to find that I hadn't plugged it in to the computer. What. A. Nit.

The good news is my computer's microphone still picked up my ramblings. The bad news is the sound quality is nowhere near as good as it would have been with ALL MY FANCY EQUIPMENT.

Pah. Sorry.

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I'd really like your feedback on this one. Not just the things I talk about in the podcast, but also the format of the podcast itself. Would you mind the odd solo format or should I wait until someone's there to stop me saying 'sort of' and 'you know' all the time.

Let me know in the comments below!

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Reader Comments (3)

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Iain Broome, Spider Griffin. Spider Griffin said: >> RT @iainbroome Glassesgate, green publishing and defending literary agents [...]

The sound quality's good. I wonder what you'll get if you did plug in your fancy equipment...

Your point on the e-readers is valid. E-books by themselves are better for the environment, simply because the creation process takes no physical materials. The consumption of e-books, in particular, on e-readers, is something else. People follow the "latest and greatest" gadgets, including e-readers. And the creation of e-readers do take physical materials. My friends are already contemplating the next iteration of the iPad...

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVincent

@Vincent - thanks for listening and thanks fo the comment. I know exactly what you mean and I fear i too am one of those people always on the lookout for the latest gadget. We really did ought to stop and think once in a while.

October 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIain Broome

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