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19th-Century German Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer Presages the Economics and Ethics of the Web and Modern Publishing
19th-Century German Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer Presages the Economics and Ethics of the Web and Modern Publishing

A 19th-century critique of the moral failures of linkbait, cat slideshows, and needless pagination.

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Publishing and Its Discontents, 1948 Edition
Publishing and Its Discontents, 1948 Edition

“Keeping up with present-day costs is as tough for a publisher as for an author, and there does not seem to be an end towards the increase.”

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A List of “Rare Things” From 11th-Century Japanese Court Lady Sei Shonagon, World’s First Blogger
A List of “Rare Things” From 11th-Century Japanese Court Lady Sei Shonagon, World’s First Blogger

“Two women, let alone a man and a woman, who vow themselves to each other forever, and actually manage to remain on good terms to the end.”

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Free Ride: Digital Parasites and the Fight for the Business of Culture
Free Ride: Digital Parasites and the Fight for the Business of Culture

What the French ideology from 1791 has to do with creative meritocracy and the future of information.

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How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Made
How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Made

From the Middle Ages to the Digital Age, or what sheep skin has to do with content curation.

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Thoreau on Not Finding a Publisher and What Success Really Means
Thoreau on Not Finding a Publisher and What Success Really Means

“Sitting beside the inert mass of my works, I take up my pen to-night to record what thought or experience I may have had, with as much satisfaction as ever.”

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A Lesson in Entrepreneurship, Perseverance and Publishing from Iconic Chef Julia Child
A Lesson in Entrepreneurship, Perseverance and Publishing from Iconic Chef Julia Child

“Don’t for the love of heaven let anybody rush you into anything.”

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How McLuhan, Agel, and Fiore Created a New Visual Vernacular for the Information Age
How McLuhan, Agel, and Fiore Created a New Visual Vernacular for the Information Age

The rise of the experimental paperback and how ‘typophotography’ paved the information superhighway.

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Queenslander: Gorgeous Vintage Australian Illustrated Covers
Queenslander: Gorgeous Vintage Australian Illustrated Covers

Visual vignettes of the mundane and the monumental from 1920s and 1930s Australia.

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Concord Free Press: Free Their Books and Their Minds Will Follow
Concord Free Press: Free Their Books and Their Minds Will Follow

Free press, priceless words, or what Paul Revere has to do with the future of grassroots publishing.

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