Europe's Bold New Law Helps Authors

A quick hit in The Book Room to discuss Europe's new law designed to give authors greater control of their work online, and to level the playing field in terms of author contract transparency, and fair royalties.

Also, I walk my little dog, Birdy.

As always, thanks to Sandy Crawley for the music.

Changes with the Book Room podcast

I’ve been just too busy with full-time work to keep up a schedule of long form interviews on the podcast I started years ago, but I continue to love creating and sharing audio. So, I’ve decided to change the Book Room from long form to short form. More casual, more on the fly, and filled with some of the random sounds I record as I wander around doing my various jobs. It turns out when I travel I record sound almost as much as I take photographs. I love how sound brings me right back to a remembered place. It does more for me than the visual reminder. It’s deeper, fuller somehow.

I hope you enjoy the new Book Room as I roll it out over the next while. You can check it out on SoundCloud, subscribe to it on iTunes, or just visit this blog to sample episodes on your own schedule. Here’s me explaining all this, and playing a delightful random sound for you from my favourite city in the world.


Book Room #22: Merilyn Simonds

Today in the Book Room, I talk with prolific author and paradigm straddler, Merilyn Simonds, who has written a meditation on the evolution of print and book-making that speaks directly to the very nerdiest core of my own bookish fascination.

Gutenberg’s Fingerprint, a 2017 publication from Canada’s ECW Press, dives deep into the technical minutia of moveable type and single-sheet printing presses, the physical nature of that work, it’s superiority In many ways to the various digital processes that have for the largely replaced it.

Gutenberg’s Fingerprint is a meditation on where we come from, bookwise, where we are and where we might be going.