News You Can Use – Dec. 27, 2011

Independent Bookstores are NOT Doomed – Farhad Manjoo rethinks his position after the reaction to his previous article about the demise of bookstores.

Dr. James Dobson to Write Fiction – You can hear the gnashing of teeth by full-time novelists who already face a crowded field.

Beware of E-Book Scams –  You have a new e-reader and you see a promising “how-to” book for only $1.99 so you buy it. Only to find that all it contains are articles from Wikipedia slapped into an eBook.

Christianity and the Future of the Book –  Alan Jacobs is so smart it makes my head hurt. Read this insightful article and see what you think. If you don’t have the patience, skip to the last three paragraphs.

Highlights of 2011 in Book Publishing – Using numbers to describe events this is a clever overview of the year.

Great Author Interview with Jared Wilson – If you have an hour and fifteen minutes, watch this conversation on the Desiring God site about Jared’s new book Gospel Wakefulness. (Yes, Jared is a client of our agency!) There is a convenient “contents” section that will give an overview of the topics discussed.


2 Responses to News You Can Use – Dec. 27, 2011

  1. Mary Young December 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I agree about Alan Jacobs being so smart my head hurts… fascinating reading, though, at least as far as I’ve gotten with it.

  2. Susy Flory December 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Agreed. The Jacobs article is profound. I plan to print a hard copy to peruse and digest. Thanks for posting this article–I would not have seen it otherwise. I think his point is well-taken. I read the Bible cover to cover last summer with a group of 40 people at my house (we called it Bible Boot Camp). It was a blast and so much fun to talk over what we were reading (we met weekly). I came away with a sense of the Story as a whole, rather than chopped up into arbitrary verses and chapters. I also came away with a very strong impression of God as a very emotional and passionate being, something I had never thought much about before. The experience would have been completely different if I had read through the Bible, instead, a few verses at a time on a screen above the pulpit. Great article.

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