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Jeff Jarvis on the Relationship Between Google and Authors and Publishers

jarvisstud.pngNo one can say with any assurance where the future of publishing lies, but Harper Studio is certainly putting forth a convincing example of how a house might deal with the oncoming changes. Just last week they struck a deal with Borders who has agreed to buy Harper Studio’s books on a non returnable basis in exchange for a steeper discount on the purchase price. The HarperCollins imprint is also continually increasing their online presence with their blog The 26th Story, which is how we came across this interview Harper Studio head Bob Miller did with Jeff Jarvis, ostensibly about Jarvis’ new book What Would Google Do? but the discussion also turns to the relationship between Google and authors and publishers. Watch an excerpt after the jump.

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David Carr and Others Attempt to Spell for Charity

clmp-2009-spelling-bee.jpgOn Monday night (known across the land as the night before the election) the CLMP (Council of Literary Magazines and Presses) hosted its annual spelling bee fundraiser. The line-up of spellers showcased the spelling talents of some well known media types including Harper Collins’ Jonathan Burnham, the NYT‘s David
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, The New Yorker‘s Judith Thurman, Michael Musto from the Village Voice, and PW‘s Sara Nelson among others. The night was moderated by former Times Style Sectioner Bob Morris — sadly Alex Kuczynski was a last-minute no-show The Bee was held at Diane Von Furstenburg’s studio on west W 14th st, and in keeping with the theme all the words were related to fashion. It’s harder than you think!

Most of the pre Bee chatter appeared to revolve either around the next day’s election or everyone’s dependence on spell check, ourselves included. We fully admit to not being the best of spellers, and judging by how quickly the star line-up went down (“eyelet” was the first word to take someone out) we are not alone! Before being given his second word (crewelwork) David Carr took a moment to mention that his copy desk had had a good laugh that morning when they’d seen an invite to the event listing him as a “speller,” then he asked for a definition of crewelwork that didn’t include his job. Watch the video of what happened next after the jump. Oh yes, in the end Jonathan Burnham walked away triumphant after spelling “astigmatism” correctly.

*We stole this photo from Galley Cat‘s Ron Hogan who, we happen to know, is a very good speller!

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