And choosing … there’s a reason we’re describing covers as a choice the author makes, rather than harping on the idea of do-it-yourself versus hire-someone cover design (at least for the moment—we’ll get to this later).
The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is given for an unpublished manuscript by a young Australian writer, and this year, as Stephen Romei reports, Vogel prize goes to novel reimagining Kafka's relationship with friend.
Yes, Marija Pericic's The Lost Pages was inspired by the Kafka-Brod relationship -- and the legal battle over Kafka's papers that Brod mis- and man-handled. Yes, this sounds a bit dubious; still, I have to admit, I am curious, and hope that it eventually makes it to the US/UK. For now there's just the Australian Allen & Unwin edition; see their publisity page
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of João Almino's recent novel, Enigmas of Spring.
Wide-ranging, it does include the nice latitude quote the noisiest part of parliamentary pool is at the shallow end:
The world has too many images, words, and too much information, don't you think ? I want to sell silence.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mark Henshaw's The Snow Kimono.
This is one of those rejected-then-acclaimed works --Rejected 32 times, The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw wins NSW Premier's Literary Award, Susan Wyndham reported in the Sydney Morning Herald -- a second novel (more or less -- there was some co-written stuff in between) more than a quarter of a century after the author's debut. But it doesn't seem to have really taken off or made that much of an impact outside Australia.
We find that Amazon saves between $0.17 and $0.47 for every 100 mile reduction in the distance of shipping goods worth $30. In the context of its distribution network expansion, this estimate implies that Amazon has reduced its total shipping cost by over 50% and increased its profit margin by between 5 and 14% since 2006. Separately, we demonstrate that prices on Amazon have fallen by approximately 40% over the same period, suggesting that a significant share of the cost savings have been passed on to consumers.