December 9th, 2011 / 6:03 pm

Weekend Reading and Such

PressBooks, a new way to make an ePub and print-ready PDF of a manuscript,  is open to the public. I haven’t used the service yet but it seems interesting, particular when so many small presses are trying to find affordable, uncomplicated ways to create e-books.

At The Millions, Edan Lepucki explains her reasons for not self-publishing. Both the essay and the comments are interesting.

In cool news, Ben Tanzer’s You Can Make Him Like You is the December selection for The Cult, Chuck Palahniuk’s book club. You can buy the book here.

This may be the best corporate apology ever.

I really enjoyed this interview with Dagoberto Gilb on the Zyzzyva blog (via Chris Arnold).

John Branch’s three-part series on the life and death of hockey player Derek Boogard is some of the finest long form journalism I’ve read in a while. Boogard’s story is at once infuriating, intriguing, and ultimately, heartbreaking. I learned that there are “enforcers” in hockey which makes the sport seem infinitely more menacing.

On the Paris Review blog, Avi Steinberg writes about the art of air travel crises.

A leaked memo from Hachette explains why publishers are still relevant.

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