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If you are interested in the future of the state of journalism and media, as I am, check out this interesting story: Can Tech Startups Do Journalism? The story examines three titles--MEL, Real Life, and Van Winkle’s--and asks whether these models could be representative of the future of publishing. As interesting as the question of…

Silicon Valley's Media Takeover?

imageIf you are interested in the future of the state of journalism and media, as I am, check out this interesting story: Can Tech Startups Do Journalism? The story examines three titles--MEL, Real Life, and Van Winkle’s--and asks whether these models could be representative of the future of publishing. As interesting as the question of whether tech startups are up to the task is the notion of the changing model of publishing itself. MEL and Van Winkle’s, for instance, are published by retailers with an interest of taking part in their respective industry conversations with customers (Dollar Shave Club and Casper).

Writer Alyssa Bereznak examines the new space that these types of publications are beginning to carve out: “In its efforts to stake out some editorial integrity, Van Winkle’s wedged itself into a space between journalism and sponsored content, which the American Press Institute defines as material that “takes the same form and qualities of a publisher’s original content” and “serves useful or entertaining information as a way of favorably influencing the perception of the sponsor brand.” In her story, Bereznak also looks at other custom publications, such as Here, published by luggage company Away and others. It’s an interesting read to be sure.

Posted by Joel on November 22 2017 • Content Marketing

Notable Books of the Year

The holiday season is that time of year when the lists of the year’s best books begin to appear. The New York Times just published its annual list of the 100 notable books of the year. Looking for holiday gifts, or just a good read yourself? I usually find a few suggestions each year from the Times compilation.

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Posted by Joel on November 22 2017 • Books

Remarkable Manuscripts

image I’m beginning to create a winter reading list and a new title is high on my list. It’s called Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel, a longtime Sotheby’s employee and Fellow and Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Recently published in the United States, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts looks to be a wonderful read for bibliophiles and history lovers alike. I’d recommend buying the actual hardcover book, as it is filled with many maps, photos and reproductions of some wonderful one-of-a-kind artifacts. Here is a portion of the publisher’s description of the book:

“The idea for the book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into intimate conversations with twelve of the most famous manuscripts in existence and to explore with the author what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history - and sometimes about the modern world too. Christopher de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and the international community of manuscript scholars, showing us how he and his fellows piece together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions. He traces the elaborate journeys which these exceptionally precious artefacts have made through time and space, shows us how they have been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell), how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and luxury and as symbols of national identity. The book touches on religion, art, literature, music, science and the history of taste.

“Part travel book, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts conveys the fascination and excitement of encountering some of the greatest works of art in our culture which, in the originals, are to most people completely inaccessible. At the end, we have a slightly different perspective on history and how we come by knowledge. It is a most unusual book.”

For other treasures check out this story from Atlas Obscura: The Oldest Treasures from 12 Great Libraries. They ask each library to highlight the oldest item in their collection.

Posted by Joel on November 05 2017 • Books