Monday’s Link Roundup.

In this Monday’s Link Roundup I couldn’t resist including David Carter’s Pop-Up Books for Children of All Ages. If you want to treat yourself to a moment of sheer whimsy and delight, don’t miss this item. If you’re in a more serious frame of mind, I suggest How to Write a (Good) Sentence or Ira  Glass on the Art of Storytelling.

  • five workflow stumbling blocks and how to avoid them. “Book design and production is a complicated process with a lot of moving parts: text and graphics, multiple people, as well as a fair share of technology gremlins. Some glitches are bound to arise, but many are predictable and thus can be avoided—or at least the effect of them ameliorated—by some advanced planning. Here are five common stumbling blocks:”
  • The Extraordinary Craft of Story Building. “People connect with stories that move them and most every business can and should tell a story that helps prospects and customers connect at a deeper level. I truly believe the Internet, while making it easy to find information, has left us craving real connections, with real people, and the companies they serve”
  • A List of U.S. Book Printers from Aeonix Publishin Group. “Out of some 50,000 printers in the U.S., there are about 100 printers that either specialize in printing books or where printing books make up a significant portion of their work. Since these printers are specifically equipped to print books (and very little else) they can print your book very efficiently and deliver them to you at a price far lower than anything that a local print shop can ever do–even with the transportation charges across the country.”
  • Holocaust Historical Data Goes Digital. “Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial, the world’s largest collection of Holocaust documents, is teaming up with Google to make its photographs and documents interactive and searchable on the Internet.”
  • Ira Glass on the Art of Storytelling. “Since 1995, Ira Glass has hosted and produced This American Life (iTunes – Feed – Web Site), the award-winning radio show that presents masterfully-crafted stories to almost 2 million listeners each week. What’s the secret sauce that goes into making a great story, particularly one primed for radio or TV? Glass spells it out in four parts.”
  • How To Write a (Good) Sentence by Stanley Fish. “The problem with Strunk & White,[The Elements of Style] in Fish’s view, is that “they assume a level of knowledge and understanding only some of their readers will have attained,” that is, the Cornell kids whose secondary education did at least a halfway decent job of teaching them the basics. Fish’s aim is to offer a guide to sentence craft and appreciation that is both deeper and more democratic. What, at base, is a sentence? he asks, and then goes on to argue that the standard answer based in parts of speech and rules of grammar teaches students “nothing about how to write.” [Thanks to Pat McNees of Writers and Editors for alerting me to this item.]

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