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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...

Lewis Carroll book on the way from TeleRead’s Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti: New epilepsy angle
May 21, 2008 | 4:15 pm

sadi14oct2007Lewis Carroll's popularity goes on and on. Just a minute ago I checked Project Gutenberg's hit lists and found that the writer behind Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass was #17 among yesterday's downloads. In fact, Carroll was the second most downloaded of all children's authors, surpassed only by L. Frank Baum, the playful soul behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But who was Lewis Carroll (penname  of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) and how did his life influence his works? That's what Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti analyzes her forthcoming book, The Bedside Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Lewis Carroll...

‘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...

Of FlickR, the Library of Congress and the day Beth played hooky to read up on the Great Depression and the Communist Party
January 17, 2008 | 9:58 am

ruththeacrobat I grew up across the Potomac from Washington and the Library of Congress, not the most kid-friendly place. Strict rules---I don't recall the specifics---guarded against various services of the Library from being swamped by the pimple-faced hordes slaving on term papers. To what extent did William Randolph Hearst's jingoist press cause the Spanish-American War? Such was my fixation for Ronald Savage's history class, or maybe Bert Cohen's; and unhappy with the pickings at my local public library, I talked the librarycrats into making me an exception. But wouldn't it be nice if the the Library were less aloof, not...

A word from a very distant relative of Lewis Carroll—plus, Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti’s podcast of ‘Through the copyright looking-glass’
January 16, 2008 | 3:30 pm

alicedrawingYou never know who's reading the TeleBlog. Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti recently told of the horrors of copyright law when she was getting permissions for her new book on Lewis Carroll, real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Well, who should write in but an old net.friend of ours, Nicholas Bentley, a copyright reformer, who, ironically, appears to be a very distant relative of---yes, Carroll (albeit not directly by blood). Nicholas tells Sadi: "As far as I know, we have absolutely no contact with the Dodgson estate but as I said before, I have to check with my mother because she is the one who tracks...

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...

TeleBlog featured in Blogging Heroes book
October 24, 2007 | 6:32 pm

bloggingheroesAlong with Boing Boing, Wonkette and other well-known blogs, we've made Blogging Heroes---Michael Banks' book, which Wiley will publish later this year. Mike likes our fight for e-book standards and against Draconian DRM, in addition to our library-related efforts. You can read Mike's TeleBlog chapter---which Wiley sent with permission to reproduce it---in either HTML or PDF. Order the book here. Because of the nature of Blogging Heroes, Mike focused on me. So once again, I'll remind you of the contributions of others, especially Robert Nagle, Branko Collins, Jon Noring and Garson O'Toole, not to mention Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti and newcomers such as Paul...

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...

Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, TeleBlog essayist, appointed senior editor at Cyrano’s Journal
October 14, 2007 | 7:30 pm

sadi14OCT2007 Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, the versatile poet - journalist - biographer - photographer - music critic - publishing guru---yes, I could throw in a few more descriptions and hyphens---is the newest senior editor for Cyrano's Journal. She'll focus on "poetry, photography and life chronicles" and also sit on the editorial board. Major congratulations to Sadi, who'll continue her essays for the TeleBlog, including a forthcoming one on the lack of interest in e-books that some young aspiring publishers have. Enjoy her memories of the late Saul Bellow, who regularly advised a publishing house of hers, if you haven't read the essay already. For...

NYT article: ‘Authors Find Their Voice, and Audience, in Podcasts’
March 3, 2007 | 5:41 pm

Scott Sigler's novel AncestorNovelist and podcaster Scott Sigler, about whom Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti has written here in detail, is the main example in a New YorkTimes article on podcasts. He's now drawing as many as 30,000 subscribers. And, yes, publishers and Hollywood are beginning to take notice of the podcast book scene. Related: Podiobooks.com. Housekeeping: My review of Elizabeth Edwards' book will most likely appear tomorrow rather than today....

TeleBlog changing to a more group-oriented approach: E-book-hip volunteers wanted
January 30, 2007 | 8:36 am

VolunteersThe TeleBlog's daily readership often surpasses that of LibraryJournal.com and normally exceeds the audience of The Book Industry Standard if you go by Alexa.com. Would you believe, the TeleBlog even beats Publishers Weekly on rare occasions. Check out the numbers yourself. We may well be the most popular Web blog dedicated to e-book industry news and views, as opposed to, say, mobile news in general. Whether the topic is DRM or Iraq, we'll generally cover it from an e-book angle, and this focus has helped put us on the map. At various times we've drawn links from major sites ranging from...

Bob Dylan as a secret mashup guy: No credit given obscure Civil War poet
September 17, 2006 | 3:39 am

Bob Dylan in 1963"Whatever Dylan's status, we're troubled by him committing the kind of thievery that would land a lesser artist in boiling hot water. There can be no question where several passages on 'Modern Times' came from (Dylan: 'More frailer than the flowers, these precious hours'/ Timrod: 'A round of precious hours . . . with logic frailer than the flowers'). Not only does Dylan not identify his source, the CD boasts the credit 'All songs written by Bob Dylan.'" - Chicago Sun Times. The TeleRead take: This is one more sign that no artist is an island. It isn't the borrowing...

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...

Tomorrow in the TeleBlog: Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti on e-book editing vs. p-book editing
September 13, 2006 | 10:12 am

Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti, the TeleBlog's e-book editor, who worked as an editor at the prestigious house of Godine and founded and was editorial director of Lumen Editions, has just written an essay for us on the above topic. Look for it Thursday, U.S. Eastern Time. Congratulations to Sadi, by the way, on her new contract for a book related to Lewis Carroll. Scroll down to the bottom of that just-linked Wikipedia article and you'll see she's cited as a Carroll authority via a pointer to her essay What about Lewis Carroll? One interesting angle that arises from Sadi's forthcoming essay on e-book...

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...

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