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“Sitting up in the dark, he took a deep breath and scented a familiar, beguiling trace in the air…”

Deep Green Leaves, Alex Clark

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Today’s news and links include paranormal detectives, the latest Amazon controversy, and some good new blog posts…

Supernatural detectives

I’ve been meaning to blog for a while about the odd little sub-genre of supernatural detective stories, which follow the style of Sherlock Holmes stories (talented investigator chronicled by lowly chum) but with an added ghostly element. Today I stumbled across a post on somebody else’s blog that describes these admirably. It’s here.

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Amazon vs. Hachette Livre UK

The dispute between Amazon UK and publishers Hachette Livre is continuing as agents side with the publisher, according to The Bookseller. This follows Amazon’s removal from sale of many key Hachette titles, apparently in an attempt to force higher discount percentages. This is a reminder that somebody has to pay for those great prices you get on Amazon; they demand increasingly higher discounts from the publishers, to the level where even a large publisher like Hachette has to draw the line. Read the article linked above for more.

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A few good posts…

booktwo.org is drowning in words, The Reader Online flirts with ebooks, Classical Bookworm reports on a rescue effort for the books in the University of Iowa’s library, and Caustic Cover Critic looks at the use of Tamara de Lempicka’s work on book covers.

3 Comments on “Supernatural detectives, Amazon vs. Hachette Livre, and some good posts…”

  1. Sylvia Says:

    Hi Rob,
    Thanks for the link! Please note that Classical Bookworm has moved. The post you linked to is now at:
    http://philosophia.typepad.com/bookworm/2008/06/iowa-river-0–.html
    Thanks!

  2. Rob Says:

    You’re welcome. The link’s updated!

  3. Sylvia Says:

    Great, thanks again! :)

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