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Casanova was a book lover : and other naked truths and provocative curiosities about the writing, selling, and reading of books

Author: John Maxwell Hamilton
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2000.
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Everyone knows which books people buy; they can just look at the best-seller lists. But who knows which books people steal? Who, for that matter, knows that authors ruin the book market by writing too much? Or why book critics are not critical? Or why librarians need to throw out more books? Who, indeed, knows the answer to that all-important question in our democracy: should presidents and presidential candidates  Read more...
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Hamilton, John Maxwell.
Casanova was a book lover.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2000
(DLC) 99059582
(OCoLC)43434748
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Maxwell Hamilton
ISBN: 9780807137680 0807137685 9780807142394 0807142395
OCLC Number: 663111291
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 351 p.) : ill.
Contents: Author's warning --
An introduction to the proper study of mankind --
T. Roger Claypool's fish store --
The art of marketing --
Artless thank-yous --
A guide to good book behavior --
Inglorious employment --
Literary luck --
Best stolen books --
Dear Mr. Politician: please don't write --
The universal library --
Book promotion: the business established by the author of our nature --
Self-publishing: the American dream --
Four bad mistakes about editing errors.
Responsibility: John Maxwell Hamilton.

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Everyone knows which books people buy; they can just look at the best-seller lists. But who knows which books people steal? Who, for that matter, knows that authors ruin the book market by writing too much? Or why book critics are not critical? Or why librarians need to throw out more books? Who, indeed, knows the answer to that all-important question in our democracy: should presidents and presidential candidates write books? (The answer is no.) In this irreverent analysis of the book industry, John Maxwell Hamilton a longtime journalist and public radio commentator answers these question.

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