Jay Rosen

Links of Interest (At Least to Me) 01/10/06

Eoin Purcell

Is it this far into the year already?

I guess it is!
Blurb has moved out of their beta and will be launching their new blogslurp product very soon. This product sounds intriguing. I would certainly consider the product if they adapt to allow WordPress blogs as they suggest they will soon!
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Quality post on citizen journalism, a topic I am currently more than a little hooked on.
Here

I challenge you not to find this amusing, annoying, upsetting, challenging and yet in some ways ever so slightly on some points entirely correct. Good old Guardian.
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I know there are many folk out there who like their tea. I do too. Seth Godin, a blogger I very much like has a great lens over at Squidoo on tea at good prices.
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This not of use to most people (And not to me yet, but someday) but I do love the idea. I have found transport and public transport in new cities exceptionally frustrating to figure out. Paris and London are great and straight forward. Chicago has an excellent planner but many cities are just hopeless and their websites difficult to navigate. Google seems to be spreading its Google Transit idea further afield and offering a way of getting your towns data up on there!
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Glad to be indoors on a day like today!
Eoin

Links of Interest (At Least to Me) 22/09/06

The news doesn’t look too good for print news. If you have read many of my posts on this topic you will know that I don’t fully buy the whole print will die thing. Radio has not gone anywhere. Sure it’s not the force it was at it height but it still makes money and has adapted (Albeit painfully) to the new reality. Still this post from The Editors Weblog [via Buzzmachine] is interesting because it gives a French perspective and one particular Frenchman: Arnaud Lagadère.
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Seems like a lot of news to down the spirits of journalists. Though this news, I think, should really cheer them up. NewsAssignment.net has been given a $100,000 financing gift by Reuters. Looks like the project will definitely float now which is exciting.
Here & Here

Jennifer Jackson has an interesting post today about connections, agent vs. author time and some other stuff all riffing off a post she highlights. Both are worth reading.
Here & Here

Find of the Month


Just read two posts by Bloglily which I can only describe as some of the best blog posts ever. One of the great things about WordPress is that it has an exciting and vibrant set of bloggers who are deeply into writing, prose and literature. Ranging from Litlove’s Tales from the Reading Room to Bloglily’s site there is so much on offer. I have decided today that Bloglily is my Find of the Month for September 2006.
Why?
Because she is so full of enthusiasm for everyone’s work, because her discussion is free and open and elegant, because she never disappoints with a post and because her encouragement and spirit are inspirational to everyone.
Go visit BL Here.

Catching my breath
Eoin

Links of Interest (At Least to Me) 01/09/06

Sometimes there is just so much out there on the web it is hard to narrow down what to link to. Because of that I have decided today to do link clusters, a couple of links around each idea/concept. We will see how it works!

Promoting a book especially early in a career presents challenges in the modern atmosphere. A great post on the value of free from Jurgen Wolff’s blog should be read and his Gurellia Tactics post should not be ignored either. But by far the most impressive post to date is from A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing and is a manifesto in a post if ever I saw one. Read it; it is called Do Something and if you do not get inspired to promote your book more effectively then I just don’t know.

I know I bemoaned memes the other day and so this is exceptionally hypocritical BUT the idea just got in on me. Stainless Steel Droppings Blog has launched the Readers Imbibing Peril (R.I.P.) Autumn Challenge and the line up is impressive to say the least. You should follow SOME OF THE LINKS as they are pretty much all great book-blogs!

So there has been some incredible chat recently on Self-Publishing. Read the Blurberati Blog for the skinny on what is going on in the world of innovative self publishing facilitators. Read Wired.com for industry reaction and read Organic Research (2 different posts) for some illuminating consideration. Marginal Revolution is sceptical (like all good economists I say) and finally for something COMPLETELY different.

That is about all I can reasonably fit it for today (And yes I am vaguely conscious that it is only technically the 1st for many readers but even though it is 40 minutes from the first where I am it feels like the 1st)
Eoin

NewsAssignment.net is kicking off

I am very excited about this project NewsAssignments.net if only because I see it as a fantastic model for publishing in general. If it works for news I can see no reason why it will not work for books of all kinds!

There are many opinions on this project and not all of them favourable but I remain sure it will have excellent results and ones favourable for journalism, reporting and the professional side of the industry too.

Read more on the topic, concept and progress by Jay Rosen Here
Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine has some thoughts too Here