At long last, you can search All the President’s Spin on Google Books. (Just like you always wanted!)
I know most publishers and even some authors are freaked out about Google Books (though our publisher, Simon and Schuster, is allowing authors to opt in). But it’s basically the same as Amazon’s “Inside the Book” search; Google just managed to bungle the PR aspect of things by asking publishers to opt out of the program rather than opt in, as Amazon did.
When you get down to it, though, Google Books is going to be good for both authors and publishers. It’s the same principle as radio (which is now the number one driver of music sales): The more people are exposed to content, the more likely they are to buy it.
I’ve had my nose to the grindstone for the past several weeks, trying to get a major redesign of CJRDaily completed. And, after a truly epic battle with MovableType and DNS (anyone interested in migrating an MT installation to a new server, feel free to email me for advice) the new site is live.
Our designer, Bill McDermott, came up with a concept that emphasizes the criticism/review aspect of what CJR does; we also eliminated photos (for a number of reasons), instead using color to emphasize the various areas of coverage.
Take a look, and let me know what you think.
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