Things What Made Me Happy This Week

The new BabyMetal single, “Give Me Choco“. Three J-pop idol teenagers demanding chocolate while doing synchronized dances to heavy metal music. Genius! The fact that ReStyle has an entire section devoted to “book-related fashion items“. I rather covet the Grimm Fairytales Bag and matching pendant; the Poe purse is also delectable. And the Magic Spells one. And… I already *have* three book-shaped purses. Professional intervention may be required. Finally, Skottie…

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Recent Publishing Links

Interesting article from Jason Thompson on io9 about the challenges facing the manga publishing industry, with an extensive focus on the complete lack of digital strategy by most Japanese manga publishers. (North American publishers are generally hamstrung on digital by a lack of rights, a question UDON gets asked on a regular basis.) Nine good tips on how to get started marketing your book (for free!) from Bryan Thomas Schmidt….

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Video: The Joy of Books

A charming animated short with definite appeal to book lovers! This was filmed at Type Books on Queen West, one of my favorite indie bookstores in Toronto. I’ll have to make the time to stop by this weekend and pick up a new book or two, to show my appreciation for them allowing the filmmakers after-hours access to the shop*! * – I say this despite having gotten a whole…

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