The Chapter One blog: hmm....
The first, best and most important Chapter One news for 2011 is that
Less newsworthy, but nonetheless an omnipresent fixture of soul-searching in the bookselling industry is the eBook conundrum. The spectrum of commentary on the issue is breathtaking in scope, as crystal balls are rubbed, polished, and scrutinized. One well-known writer, Simon Winchester, was quoted in ShelfAwareness as arguing that since he no longer used the printed OED, but rather utilized its on-line edition, the book was essentially destined for the rubbish heap of History. Others see e-readers as nothing more than gadgets, with which people grow tired rapidly, and will soon fill our closets and attics alongside Palm Pilots and Walkmans.
A more reasoned assessment concluded that the same debates probably consumed
I am a book lover.
To conclude this initial foray into the blogosphere, as you ponder what to read next, here are a few titles we at Chapter One consider to be the best books of 2010:
The Collected Prose 1948-1998 by Zbigniew Herbert
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz
The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
To the End of the Land by David Grossman
Note Bene: What best of 2010 would be complete without mentioning that