BTG017 Billion-Dollar Typo, Penguin Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts, and More

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Links for “Behind the Grammar” number 17 for August 24, 2010.

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Borders CFO Resigns

Mark Bierley, Borders Group Inc. CFO, resigns (Crain’s Detroit Business)

Barnes & Noble Is For Sale

Barnes & Noble on Block (Wall Street Journal)
Landlords Worry About Closures As Barnes & Noble Contemplates Alternatives (Retail Traffic)
Barnes & Noble proxy war and earnings complicate sale (Reuters)

New York Bookstore Installs an Espresso Print-on-Demand Machine

McNally Jackson Will Soon Be Printing Books While You Wait (The New York Observer)
Can this ‘robot’ help save publishing? (CNET)

Penguin Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

Penguin Books Accepting Unsolicited Submissions Through October 2010 (The Freelance Writing Job Network)

Advertisements Coming Soon to E-Books?

Advertisements Coming Soon to E-Books (ReadWriteWeb)

Chinese Prefer E-Books

Hard times for traditional books as China’s digital publishing industry grows (The Independent)
Shanda Launches New E-reader in China (PC World)

E-Books Half Price in UK

W H Smith Sells All eBooks for Half Price (Media Bistro)
WHSmith’s Samsung Slide E60 is more enotepad than ebook reader (CNET)

Textbook Renting Update

Textbook rental: one of best ways for students to save money (The Christian Science Monitor)
Textbook rentals going viral (Delaware Online)

Horrible Query Letters

How to Make a Great First Impression on Editors (Superstars Writing Seminar, mp3 of the talk, $15, affiliate link)
Slushpile Hell

Don’t Be “That” Writer

14 Reasons Your Manuscript Got Rejected Before Page 1 (Superhero Nation)
5 Steps to Dazzling Minor Characters (Word Play)

Seth Godin Will Forgo Traditional Publishing

Moving On (
Author to Bypass Publisher for Fans (Wall Street Journal)

The Billion-Dollar Typo

In the Case of the Billion-Dollar ERISA Typo, 7th Circuit Upholds Win for Verizon (The American Lawyer, via

Visa Typo

Microscopic Look at US Visa (

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