Books high, low and virtual

"Deliver books to readers one piece at a time so they can read it on their cell phone, BlackBerry, etc, when they have a few minutes to spare." That’s what DailyLit claims to do, and Joe Wickert thinks it is a great idea. I am not so sure. "The next time you see me in a meeting "checking my Blackberry for new messages I might really be reading today’s installment of Ben Franklin’s autobiography", writes Joe. Yes, quite. I can imagine it all too well.

Via Bookglutton, London is about to have its first literature festival — seems hard to believe that there hasn’t been one before.  "Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka joins Hari Kunzru, Pat Barker, Blake Morrison, Helen Oyeyemi, Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child and a host of other stars for the South Bank Centre’s inaugural London literary festival, due to begin on June 29."

I wasn’t shocked by The shocking truth about the slush pile. "I thought the piles of unsolicited manuscripts it was my job to sift through would contain undiscovered gems. Reader, I was very wrong", writes Jean Hannah Edelstein. It’s a good article, though, about what it is like to have the job of reading it. There are loads of comments, including one I particularly appreciated, about the most important job of the publisher being that of editing the book. Right on!

Tim Coates provides his usual blindingly obvious advice to the various UK library authorities, this time on how to reduce the piles of books waiting to be "processed" instead of being put on the shelves for people to read. Hope they are listening, whoever "they" are.

Ending this post on a lofty note, both spiritually and literally, Martin Wainwright describes the high-altitude launch of his book on hill walking in the Lake District. (And no, he is no relation to "the" Wainwright, so don’t expect suggestions of walks suitable for your granny.)