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Alphabet Soup: The Basics of E and P Book Publishing – Part 2
October 8, 2008 | 10:12 am

sadi14oct2007Editor's Note: this is the second part of Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti's article. The first part can be found here. I tell you, I like libraries. Those old stone buildings with lion statues in front and aisles of rare editions. I think it's sad that they are becoming more and more obsolete. I like the fact that my house looks like a library with thousands of books when you walk in the door. That is "home" to me. Maybe that is because of what I do for a living. Probably so. But my books breathe a secret history that is all my...

Alphabet Soup: The Basics of E and P Book Publishing – Part 1
October 6, 2008 | 11:05 am

sadi14oct2007Editors note: This is the first part of a two part article by our long-time contributor Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti. The second part of the article will be published here on Wednesday. PB Years I have worked in publishing – in fact, my whole career. I have worked in every capacity you can think of in the field and I wear that as a badge of pride because it is fully clear to me that in order to ever become an Editorial Director and run a successful house or imprint, as I did with Lumen Editions (an imprint I founded to...

‘Losing Steve’ podcast: Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti mourns her mentor, Steven T. Florio, ex-CEO of Condé Naste
March 31, 2008 | 3:29 am

image Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti shared with us a moving remembrance of Steven T. Florio, ex-CEO of Condé Naste, who mentored her. Both were the first in their families to reach college, and among other things, Sadi benefited from his book recommendations. Here's an MP3 of Sadi's podcast of "Losing Steve"---well worth your time even if you earlier read the essay. If you haven't already, why not subscribe to our podcasts, mostly from Sadi? Technorati Tags: Steven T. Florio,Steven Florio...

On the loss of a mentor: Steven T. Florio, former Condé Nast CEO
March 17, 2008 | 4:06 pm

stephenflorioModerator's note: Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti was first in her family to go to college. Wouldn't this happen a little oftener if more library books were free online, TeleRead-fashion---to entice the young with just the right titles? Meanwhile sympathies to Sadi over the death of Steven T. Florio, who helped her break through "the blue-collar barrier." - D.R. It is a lonely feeling to lose anyone: a lover, friend or family member. To lose a mentor, though---how does one begin to express what this feels like? Were it not for Steven Florio, I would not be in book publishing or publishing in any...

Lewis Carroll in the Ether: Through the copyright looking-glass
January 10, 2008 | 7:45 am

sadi14oct2007 My forthcoming book is a primer on the works of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson---also, a semi-biography for those who know a little but want to know more. That name might not ring a bell, but perhaps his pseudonym does, Lewis Carroll. For a project like this, relying on old text and images from the nineteenth century, isn't everything in the pub domain? Wrong. I must spend hour after hour researching rights, both in the library and on the Web. Consider the photographs taken by Carroll himself; many of the prints are in private collections, and the "proper" thing...

Graduating to e-books: Some publishing students still clueless about E
November 29, 2007 | 8:42 pm

sadi14OCT2007Moderator's note: Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti is a writer-poet and publishing veteran who worked as an editor and publicity director at David R. Godine and also founded her own publishing house. An MP3 version of this essay is now online. - DR I teach a publishing course at one of the finest graduate schools for publishing. Recently I asked for a show of hands of those students who own palm devices, have downloaded e-books or even know that the technology is now practical. Not a single hand went up at a time when HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and other giants were digitizing books by the...

An audio tribute to Hans Koning from his friend Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti
October 19, 2007 | 8:20 am

Hans KoningModerator's note: Sadi Ranson-Polizotti, the TeleBlog's book editor and main podcaster, has just recorded a moving audio version of the previously published essay below (MP3 format). Also enjoy her memories of Saul Bellow. Hans Koning was one of the foremost writers living in the United States, having written thirteen novels as well as numerous works of nonfiction on topics as varied as China, Che Guevara, Russia, and so much more. If you're a well-read American, it's likely you've seen Koning's work many times in The New Yorker or The Atlantic Monthly. He was a "reporter-at-large" for The New Yorker and his work...

Keeping cool with the novelist-journalist Hans Koning
July 27, 2007 | 4:09 am

Hans KoningModerator's note: Sadi Ranson-Polizotti, the TeleBlog's book editor and main podcaster, will release an audio of this essay in the next few days. Also enjoy her memories of Saul Bellow. Hans Koning was one of the foremost writers living in the United States, having written thirteen novels as well as numerous works of nonfiction on topics as varied as China, Che Guevara, Russia, and so much more. If you're a well-read American, it's likely you've seen Koning's work many times in The New Yorker or The Atlantic Monthly. He was a "reporter-at-large" for The New Yorker and his work was published to...

Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti: When did editing end? The ‘p-book versus the e-book’ mentality
September 14, 2006 | 1:06 am

Sadi Ranson-PolizzottiNote: Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, TeleRead's e-book editor, teaches a graduate-level course in editing. Line editing is a dying art in the modern book world. This much is a sad fact and one we must accept if we are to succeed as writers of e- or p-books. No longer can an editor find the time to hold an author's hand and, line by line, make careful or substantive changes to a submitted manuscript. "Due to the pressures of time and business, in the 21st century, the art of line editing is all but dead," says Evander Lomke, an editor at Continuum Books and...

Why a distinguished small press isn’t publishing e-books yet: Godine designer speaks out
July 25, 2006 | 8:56 am

David R. Godine, PublisherUpdate, 1:30 p.m. EDT: Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti has just recorded an MP3 of her reactions to the Godine designer's thoughts on e-books. You might also enjoy the text and podcast of her memories of Saul Bellow. David R. Godine, Publisher, based in Boston, started in a barn with a hand-cranked press. Godine books are famous for their flawless design and fine paper and binding, not just their literary quality. I worked there before I began my own small press, Lumen Editions, and now I was curious how my old colleagues felt about e-books. Might Godine, one of the most prestigious of the...

I remember Saul Bellow
July 23, 2006 | 4:23 am

Sadi Ranson-PolizzottiUpdate, July 25: You can now hear Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti's podcast in MP3. I remember riding the trolley to Saul Bellow's office at Boston University---my alma mater---on an autumn day with my heart aflutter. I remember my wool gray skirt and ivory silk blouse that I wore; the weather sunny and crisp; a good autumn day. Gosh, I even remember my t-strap shoes that I wore, and that I still wear. The year was 1996. I was a young editor, fresh from Godine, and had just started a small press, Lumen Editions, and now I wanted a Nobel Prize winner to serve on...

Gathering steam in Boston, Part II: E-books ahead?
May 5, 2006 | 9:35 am

Sadi Ranson-PolizzottiNote: This is Part II of a two-part series by Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, TeleRead's e-book editor. Could e-books be the next step for Gather and other community sites? I'm in office of Tom Gerace, the energetic CEO of this literate online community, and I watch his bluish-green eyes light up at the prospect. Why not put together "The Best of Gather" as an e-book? "Publishing compendiums is a really interesting avenue for us," Gerace says over the fizz of the black-cherry drink on his desk. He's as effervescent as the sofa. He tells me that "fotolog, which is a big photography sharing site in...

Gathering steam in Boston, Part 1: A smart community site for literate people everywhere
May 3, 2006 | 9:47 pm

Gather screenshotNote: Part II and two podcasts by Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti will be coming later this week. Jane Jacobs, the great lesson of hip-hop for writers, and the hilarious Don Ameche Code--those were among the topics of hit posts on Gather today. Ignore the so-so Alexa stats and traffic comparisons with other communities. No other virtual gathering place has the certain je ne sais quoi of this relative newcomer, founded in June 2004 and funded the next December. Gather's sunny and welcoming fresh-squeezed orange colored website is as vibrant and youthful as the CEO, Tom Gerace, who sat down with me for an...

Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti: E-book porn: How far have we come–and where are we going?
January 14, 2006 | 8:54 am

Sadi Ranson-PolizzottiNote: We've just posted an MP3 of the essay below from Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti--TeleRead's e-book reviewer. A highly disturbing experiment: go to virtually any search engine and type in "e-books pornography," and you'll get a plethora of results offering "Child Pornography" downloadable to Microsoft Reader with "direct links to downloading and free samples." I toured "porn" sites recently. Some pages offered simply "debates" about the use of pornography (here in context as an e-book phenomenon). Other sites offered more information on said debates. (Who knew the e-book community had been debating this matter? Should we have known?) Another site listed an offering about...

E-book publishers, beware! Avoid mistakes of print publishing: A podcast and essay by Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti
December 12, 2005 | 10:10 am

Sadi Ranson-PolizzottiNote: You can enjoy an MP3 of the essay below from Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, TeleRead's e-book reviewer. Editors don't make editorial decisions any more--sales and marketing people do. An old friend said that recently, and I couldn't disagree about the obvious. I remember a time when editors decided if a book would be published; and these days, it's even worse than that--as I discussed on a national public radio program. You have agents who take on the books of good authors, and no matter who or what the writers have been, as is the case of a friend, published...

Jabberwocky on your Palm: TeleRead podcast and essay
November 30, 2005 | 7:14 am

JabberwockyNote: You can enjoy an MP3 of the essay below from Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, TeleRead's e-book reviewer. As a poet myself, it is only natural that I am often moved to read other poets--either for inspiration or for the sheer pleasure of simply reading without any work objective in mind. Until recently I had always taken my Tennyson and my Yeats off the top of my bookshelf, dusted off the thin, worn pages and carefully turned, reading each poem in turn. The same has been true of my Book of Nonsense with illustrations by Edward Lear and poems from diverse...

Podcast and text: Alice’s Adventures Underground on the Tungsten E
November 20, 2005 | 10:54 am

Sadi Ranson-PolizzottiNote: You can enjoy an MP3 of the essay below from Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, TeleRead's e-book reviewer. I can understand what it is like to have fallen down the rabbit hole in a number of ways. And I can relate to our dear Alice as she makes her way through the myriad gardens in Alice's Adventures Underground, the original title of Alice in Wonderland. Who would have ever thought I'd be reading this of all books on a Tungsten E no larger than my palm? The pages scrolled effortlessly before me as I sat bumping along on the subway, garnering...

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