This happened at SXSW in March, but the two articles are still interesting. I don’t know who the panelists were apart from Clay Shirky, and would like to get their side of the story, but it is appalling that they came to a session called “New Think for Old Publishers” without anything for the audience.
Mike Shatzkin at IdeaLog responds to the NYT article below. According to him, the article misses a couple of things, namely the iPhone’s “strategic importance particularly in relation to Amazon and Kindle”, and the labyrinthine e-book supply chain.
I’ve noticed an influx of books written by Swedish crime-fiction writers in stores recently. I’m not complaining, but I’d love to see other genres translated as well. The TLS suggests that “their relentlessly bleak view of the world makes us feel that our lives are better than we imagined, allowing us the pleasure of wallowing in pessimism at a safe distance.” I’m not English, is that why I don’t adore their “Nordic anguish”, or anguish of any kind?