So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance

by GABRIEL ZAID | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 158988003x Global Overview for this book
Registered by jeniwren of Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on 3/7/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by jeniwren from Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, March 07, 2015
"Gabriel Zaid's defense of books is genuinely exhilarating. It is not pious, it is wise; and its wisdom is delivered with extraordinary lucidity and charm. This is how Montaigne would have written about the dizzy and increasingly dolorous age of the Internet. May So Many Books fall into so many hands."—Leon Wieseltier

"Reading liberates the reader and transports him from his book to a reading of himself and all of life. It leads him to participate in conversations, and in some cases to arrange them…It could even be said that to publish a book is to insert it into the middle of a conversation."—from So Many Books

Join the conversation! In So Many Books, Gabriel Zaid offers his observations on the literary condition: a highly original analysis of the predicament that readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and teachers find themselves in today—when there are simply more books than any of us can contemplate.

My thoughts: This was a little dry for my taste but there are a few great quotes in the first few chapters that made me rate this one favourably.

Registered for the Australasia Wishlist Tag Game and reserved for crimson-tide.

Journal Entry 2 by jeniwren at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, March 30, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (3/19/2015 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia

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For crimson-tide and another wishlisted book just for you. Enjoy :)

Journal Entry 3 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Thanks very much jeniwren, it looks interesting.
And thanks for the RABCK too! :D

Journal Entry 4 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, February 05, 2018
Unfortunately I also found his style to be a bit dry and academic, but the book does contain some interesting ideas and discussions. As it was written in 2003, some of the discussions around distribution and readers finding the 'right' book (which were quite valid at the time) are of course now outdated. He does mention ebooks and Amazon, but since then we have seen an explosion of online bookstores, a huge rise in ebook publishing, and the birth, rise and all pervasive influence of social media.

It also contains one of my all time favourite quotes:
“The truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books
without losing their composure or their desire for more.”

Now off to a new reader. :-)

Journal Entry 5 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, February 05, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (2/5/2018 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia

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Travelling companion as there was room in the bag. :-)

Journal Entry 6 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Sunday, February 25, 2018
This looks interesting thank you

Released 9 mos ago (11/14/2018 UTC) at ----- Wild released somewhere in Hobart in Hobart, Tasmania Australia

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To be released at the Unconvention in Hobart in November 2018
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"The text itself is an invitation to the anonymous reader. Ideally it would suffice to leave it lying on a park or post it on the web in order for its natural audience to find it".

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