Friday, February 28, 2003

There are times when we must sink to the bottom of our misery to understand truth, just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to see the stars in broad daylight.
- Vaclav Havel, writer, Czech Republic president (1936- )

Tiny Scottish pub wins big British award . . .

Anyone who thought the "elevation to the big time" of tiny Scottish publisher Cannongate with its publication of Yann Martel's Life of Pi was a momentary phenomenon was "put firmly back in their place last night" at the British Book Awards, when Canongate and owner Jamie Byng won Publisher of the Year. Byng's success in forcing the Edinburgh company into the major league was confirmed in spectacular fashion" with the prize. Industry awards usually reward quantity as much as quality. Invariably, it is the multi-million global corporations who walk away with the honours. Now, however, as an awards spokesman notes, Canongate may be the smallest publisher ever to win this award, but it just shows that the little guy with the slingshot really can take out the giants.

Tiny Canadian Publisher Double Dragon Publishing will start uploading its titles to Palm Digital Media in the next few days. This is a great achievement for DDP as there are presently only three companies supplying Palm with digital titles:
Disc-US Books
Hard Shell Word Factory
Double Dragon Publishing