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Posts Tagged ‘Matt Van Hoven’

Be Not E-fraid

In his National Book Awards acceptance speech this week, biographer T. J. Stiles thanked everyone in a book’s traditional production chain, from the agent to the bookstore clerk. Stiles concluded with an note of apprehension: “The advent of the eBook is fooling some into thinking that these people are not necessary anymore.”

As the digital publishing industry grows over the next few years, publishers, authors, and readers need to reconcile these fears about the future. Earlier this week, GalleyCat writers and readers mingled at the eBook Summit preview party, trying to start a more productive conversation about the future of eBooks.

In this special video feature, eBook Summit speakers like Movable Type Literary Group agent Jason Allen Ashlock and Electric Literature co-founder Andy Hunter shared advice for reaching new digital audiences. Visit the Summit Facebook page to continue the conversation. (Special thanks to AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven for that excellent headline.)

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Chris Anderson’s Sourcing Slip-Up

Yesterday the Virgina Quarterly Review discovered a few Wikipedia passages included in the text of Chris Anderson‘s new book, “Free: The Future of a Radical Price,” without attribution.

Anderson, who also edits Wired magazine, said the final process was rushed: “As you’ll note, these are mostly on the margins of the book’s focus, mostly on historical asides, but that’s no excuse. I should have had a better process to make sure the write-through covered all the text that was not directly sourced.” His publisher added a note yesterday, saying they were “completely satisfied” with his explanation. Edward Champion and Carolyn Kellogg have continued the investigation.

Today on mediabistro.com’s Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and Agency Spy editor Matt Van Hoven discussed this sourcing problem with Lusty Lady writer Rachel Kramer Bussel.

GalleyCat for Your Ears

Podcast host and TVNewser blogger Steve Krakauer retired from the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast this morning. GalleyCat editor Jason Boog will be stepping into Krakauer’s big pair of shoes on Monday morning.

If you are a journalist, writer, blogger, media-type, publicist, or book-lover who wants to appear on the show, there’s a wide-open guest calendar for the next few months. Topics will range from media news to publishing to newspapers to movies to magazines to culture to television, and, perhaps most importantly, books. Email Jason for more details.

Here’s more on Krakauer’s last show: “Mediabistro.com editorial director Rebecca Fox and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven helped send off Steve with some discussion about The New York Times‘s Bill Keller reporting from the frontlines of Iran and a reliving of the time Rush Limbaugh gave a shout out to the podcast. Also: what Steve has learned since launching the podcast a few months ago and some love lockdown.”