Have heard from a lot of you about the Conference! Thank you! Heard from Dick Gottlieb the other day who was not at the Conference! Shame on him! Did you see the interview with Leslie Mackenzie of Grey House Publishing in the September 2013 issue of ATG (p.36-37)? Anyway, congratulating me on my daughter’s wedding, Dick said he and Leslie are glad that their oldest son has announced his engagement! Only two more to go!
Just ran into this article in the Guardian – “Young adult readers ‘prefer printed to ebooks’” by Liz Bury. The survey finds that 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer traditional books over their digital equivalents. The top-rated reasons for preferring physical to digital products were: “I like to hold the product” (51%), “I am not restricted to a particular device” (20%), “I can easily share it” (10%), “I like the packaging” (9%), and “I can sell it when used” (6%).The survey was conducted by the agency Voxburner
Also, there was a poll attached to the article. The results of the poll (which closes tomorrow) found that 79% of the random respondents preferred reading books in traditional form as opposed to 21% that preferred eBooks.
Just to prove that print is still in demand, the first book printed in the US has sold at auction for a record $14 million. Bay Psalm Book, A Book of Psalms was printed in Massachusetts Bay, Cambridge, in 1640. The print run was 1700 copies. Reportedly, there are only 11 copies of the first edition in existence but there are many reprints. In fact there is even a murder mystery! What you don’t find out in libraries!
Speaking of Cambridge, the next Fiesole Retreat (the 16th, hard to believe!)will be held in Cambridge April 10-12. The theme is “Succeeding in the Next Decade.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.