From The Baltimore Sun, a series on "books as art", including interviews with Jim Rosenau, Carol Owen, Val Lucas, Steven B. Levine, and David Montgomery. The boom in printing on demand: New technology promises to prolong the life of the book. Micah McCracy on the romance and appeal of the used book. The publishing industry's dark secrets are being exposed by a new breed providing welcome intelligence on its inner workings. Anthony Grafton reviews Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England by William H. Sherman. Borders Books: Rodgers Jacobs on corporate media heroin in Las Vegas (and part 2). Jason Epstein on the revolutionary future of publishing. Hooray for the ISBN: The importance and function of the ISBN in the new world of “books”. The joys of bookshop browsing: Searching real shelves is the most satisfying way to find literary treasures. More and more on The Oxford Companion to the Book. Small is beautiful: The lost art of little books. No bad time to be a writer: Traditional publishing may be in crisis, but the internet has given all writers a chance to win both readers and remuneration. A review of Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements by Dwight Garner. Toward a new Alexandria: Imagining the future of libraries. Reimagining Books: Patrick Carman on how to reach young readers. Since they don't do anything useful, a new fashion for going without wrappers is likely to catch on. "Do you really need an editor at a publishing house?" Carole Baron is annoyed. No matter who wins the battle between the Kindle and the iPad, it marks the return of machines as market-makers. A review of The Case for Books by Robert Darnton. Ewwww, E-books! Even my phone does more things than the Kindle, and my phone is a Snoopy desk phone from the ‘70s.

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