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The best chart of the shifting sea of genres that you will ever need
March 20, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Pop Chart Lab has come up with a chart that should probably be on any writer's wall: "A Plotting of Fiction Genres," with the genres themselves represented by ... ahem ... representative works, as Pop Chart Labs explains: Peruse literature’s myriad modes with this plotting of fiction’s prominent genres. From broad story classifications to some truly punctilious partitioning, each genre is represented here by a hand-illustrated book cover, then branches further into subcategories and sub-subcategories as merited—providing at least two representative works for each. The prints themselves are actually signed and numbered editions, printed on 100 lb. archival stock. And there's some...

Eco-merits of e-readers versus print – in infographic
February 19, 2015 | 6:25 pm

CustomMade, a platform that focuses on putting together individual custom-makers with consumers, has just shared an infographic comparing the ecological benefits and footprint of e-readers versus traditional print books. In their own context, this could be about persuading people that the venerable bookshelf is not such an ecological burden as it might at first seem. And their feature breaks down the whole argument in very detailed terms, and is worth scanning. But they've also distilled it into a neat infographic, which even if it does some strange moves like contrasting pounds and kilos of carbon, is well worth perusing. Enjoy.   ...

You’re never too old for literary fame and fortune
January 21, 2015 | 10:25 am

For all those talented writers still plugging away in obscurity, here's today's ray of hope - an infographic from Tesco's Blinkbox Books, which asks "What age did the greatest authors publish their most famous works?" The original page itself is in fact a fully interactive mega-bookshelf, which invites you to "explore the careers of some of the world’s most successful authors" and "sort by first published book, age at breakthrough book, and number of books published, so you could do far worse for a quick comparative summary skimthrough of some great literary careers. But even the raw graphic is useful enough. I'd query...

Get creative with this infographic of inspirational imaginary beings
January 10, 2015 | 2:37 pm

an-anthology-of-mythical-creatures_547cfbd1e696f_w1500 Travel blog Venere.com produced this rather wonderful infographic of imaginary beings from the world over, gathering an entire Borges bestiary-worth of fabulous creatures. And even the most enthusiastic collector of imaginary fauna is likely to find novelties here. For instance, the Guita Xica is a new one on me although it comes from as close to home as Spain, and the bake-kujira is not only remote but also wonderful, as are the Madremonte and the Surale. You could almost work your way down the chart composing a new story about each - if you're aspiring to be the next Neil...

Your handy all-in-one guide to the publishing process
December 29, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Just in case any readers out there still needed to be walked through the intricacies of how books get published in the old-fashioned way, here's a handy step-by-misstep guide to how it all happens pre-digital disruption, courtesy of Mariah Bear and publisher Weldon Owen. And although I do wonder why the marketing and distribution departments are mostly left out of the equation, I'm not surprised to see that Big Publishing is effectively one of the world's biggest ultimate producers of cheese. I knew there had to be a rational explanation for that strong smell wafting out of the remainder stores ... Read....

Lovereading’s guide to the world’s most popular books – and a few surprises
December 3, 2014 | 1:27 pm

TheMostPopularBooksofAllTime_5284b9a651a5a-640x4278 UK book discovery and selection site Lovereading has developed this striking - though pretty conjectural - infographic of the most popular books of all time, based on  number of copies sold, translations made, and editions printed. For some titles, especially the Quran and the Bible, these figures are certainly going to be somewhat off target, even more so since the data is just over a year old, but the general picture is clear. I'd really hope against hope that the data on the Quotations from Chairman Mao or The Da Vinci Code is off though....

The infographic way to decide whether self-publishing is for you
November 21, 2014 | 10:25 am

Henry Herz-Flow-Chart-660px-5 The Independent Publishing Magazine, which had the good taste to mention me and Chris Meadows in their breakdown of "The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following," has also found a wonderfully useful infographic courtesy of The Write Life, which put together a flow chart based on a questionnaire by author Henry Herz designed to answer that vexing question for most aspiring writers these days - "Should You Self-Publish or Go Traditional?" With a fair dose of wit, Herz leads you through the decision-making process, and of course, much of the advice and analysis is down to his personal opinion of...

Battle of the genres (infographic)
October 27, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Battle Of The GenresThis is probably the best looking infographic I've seen in a long time. It's showing some of the best-selling books of all time, sorted by genre, to show the best-selling genres of all time. You can quibble with a few of their choices The Thorn Birds as YA? Why only one book in magical realism? However, overall, it makes for interesting viewing. Infographic credit: http://www.furnitureuk.co.uk/​...

Canada’s National Reading Campaign shows reading is good for your … body?
October 10, 2014 | 12:30 pm

infographic-reading-saves-lives Canada's National Reading Campaign has partnered with CBC to pull together an infographic to show the bodily benefits of reading, as if improving your mind wasn't reason enough. For most, I'm sure that point is obvious enough, but it's good to see - literally - graphic proof that a healthy mind means a healthy body - as well, apparently, as a healthier mindset and more socially responsible attitude....

Scribd rings in one-year anniversary with a bang!
September 2, 2014 | 12:01 pm

scribdThe folks at Scribd sent us this fine-looking infographic, in honour of their one-year anniversary. I am not a subscriber to their service myself, but I have to admit, I find their numbers impressive and interesting. One billion pages read in a year? Readers open lots of business books but only finish fiction? That says something about how we read. And we definitely need more information about that fastest go-kart lap! Clearly there is a demand for eBook subscription services, and I am pleased to see that several competitors have now entered the marketplace. I think this is, for better or...

Grant Snider’s guide to the perfect writer’s paradise
September 1, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Grant Snider is a comic genius with an insight into the writerly life and the writer's process that would put many practising writers to shame. And this is his all-in-one guide to the ... um ... architecture of how it should be done. I have no idea how inspiring Inspiration Overlook may be, or how useful the Emergency Idea Generator could be, but I suspect they will be for some. And as awful warnings if nothing else, you do not want to spend too much time on Procrastination Patio, let alone Desperation Drop. You can find this work, along with all Grant...

Word count infographic shows how many words till Babel
July 22, 2014 | 12:24 pm

wordcountgalleryUK men's lifestyle giveaway magazine ShortList, last seen in TeleRead defending literary coolness, has just aired an infographic detailing the vagaries of literary length by word count, from the very longest epics to haiku. Interestingly, the infographic is credited to printer supplies chain Cartridge Discount, which must obviously be very concerned over all the paper and ink that people are spending on printing out their digitized copies of War and Peace. (Foolish people, haven't you heard of Paperwhite screens?) Anyway, for however many words it's worth, here it is.  ...

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