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|An Introduction to the Proper Study of Mankind||1|
|1||T. Roger Claypool's Fish Store||13|
|2||The Art of Marketing||57|
|4||A Guide to Good Book Behavior||107|
|7||Best Stolen Books||175|
|8||Dear Mr. Politician: Please Don't Write||195|
|9||The Universal Library||231|
|Appendix A||Book Promotion: The Business Established by the Author of Our Nature||259|
|Appendix B||Self-Publishing: The American Dream||267|
|Appendix C||Four Bad Mistakes about Editing Errors||273|
|Notes on Sources||281|
Posted January 30, 2001
An outstanding and easy read for people who enjoy books and want to know more about the ins and outs of writing, publishing, libraries and especially why politicians shouldn't write books until they are out of office! Delightful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2000
This book deserves 8 stars! This was the first book I have read in years that I was sorry to reach the end of. Each sentence is there to delight you. Each story is there to enthrall you. Each chapter encompasses a microcosm of the wonderful world of books. If you love books, are interested in authors, wonder about reviewers, or find dedications and acknowledgments intriguing, you've found just the right book! One of the things that makes the book especially delightful is that it does not take the subject too seriously. For example, the dedication (in part) is to all book reviewers so that they will not pan the book (I would have praised the book anyway!). You will also learn which authors wrote in the nude on their porches. There really is a section on the writing career of Casanova. From readers, to the economics of authors, to what happens to all those books that go to the Library of Congress, to which books are stolen most often, it's all here. Each seemingly irreverent thought though builds into a fascinating picture of the role that books play in the lives of authors, readers, reviewers, publishers and book sellers. You will get insights from Gutenberg to Barnesandnoble.com. Here are some of the chapter titles to give you a sense of the book's coverage and mood: -- T. Roger Claypool's Fish Store -- Art of Marketing -- Artless Thank You's -- A Guide to Good Book Behavior -- Inglorious Employment -- Literary Luck -- Best Stolen Books -- Dear Mr. Politican, Please Don't Write A Guide to Good Book Behavior tells you what to do and not to do when you friend writes a book. You'll learn the etiquette of writing an autograph if you are an author. The material is so good that this could be turned into a one person Broadway show. That would be wonderful! Have a great time reading this book. It is bestWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.