Why do people who hate crime love reading crime fiction?

July 31st, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 1 comment § permalink

I don’t like crime. I’m not even keen on reading about real crime in the newspapers. Why then, do I like crime fiction so much?

I’m not alone in this situation… I hope! It would be terrible if there were more criminals in the world than readers of crime fiction.

I don’t think many people are pro-crime » Read the rest of this entry «

Publishing ebooks to share a story

July 19th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

Several newspapers in South Africa ran an article this week that I had written about e-publishing. Click here for the original article in Afrikaans. Below is the gist, in English:

Ebooks give authors the means to produce and distribute their own books. This is the good news and the bad news » Read the rest of this entry «

Follow-up post to ‘Why publishers need an integrated digital strategy’

July 13th, 2011 by Anna von Veh § 0 comments § permalink

My recent post received comments from Aramanc Consulting (thanks Aramanc), who also offered four principles for establishing an agile publishing program. One of Aramanc’s general comments was that it is difficult to understand “why publishers/production companies see ‘digital’ as a separate entity”, and why they still rely on using the PDF as the basis for a digital workflow. I consider these comments tangentially in this post. » Read the rest of this entry «

Why publishers need an integrated digital strategy

July 12th, 2011 by Anna von Veh § 2 comments § permalink

Recently, I’ve seen a couple of posts advocating that publishing companies should establish separate digital units that are given relative freedom to do their own thing; the implication being that the rest of the business carries on largely as before. I don’t agree with this approach, and here’s why. » Read the rest of this entry «

Dutch crime writer Janwillem van de Wetering’s offbeat cops

July 10th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

Janwillem van de Wetering was up against it. Not only did he write in a language other than English (initially at least), but his crime novels are something of an acquired taste. It is a taste worth acquiring though, and Van de Wetering had significant success in his lifetime.

My library service recently seems to have made the decision » Read the rest of this entry «

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