Friday, August 26, 2011
The Old, the Dying Off and the New
This postcard was something I worked on yesterday in Photoshop and Lightroom.
Is Konrath really correct that the deal John Locke just signed with Simon & Schuster marks the death knell for legacy publishing? I'm not as sure as he is. That S&S gave up the erights is a big deal but will this hasten the demise or are we going to see them struggling along, flailing out for years? There's a part of me saying "Just die already". But what does it have to do with me? Nothing at all.
I suppose some paper books will always have a utility. I got a couple cookbooks in digital format and really hated it. Maybe I can get used to it. And yes, I formatted the Verrine book to not be as bloody annoying as the other cookbooks--it's more like a novel. And it's not in PDF which is horrid always to begin with.
I'm going to be OCRing one of my backlist books in the coming weeks. It's a quite intensive process so I expect to be quite cranky about it. And OCR isn't perfect so you have to do a concentrated proofread to find the mistakes. That's why I wasn't going to do it at all. I do have other books in my backlist and it's hard to start working on them for any reason without doing a rewrite/update. It becomes so involved. Good for anyone who can avoid all this hassle with it! That's not me, though. But since this book is now in another language that I don't speak, rewriting is impossible.
Forget the Hindu translations. That ain't happening. Amazon India or not.
Update--The heck with that time waster. The OCR program couldn't read what was near the gutter even though it scanned it perfectly well. I'm not going through 163 pages in a foreign language line by line trying to figure out what wasn't scanned correctly. I have real things to do.