Jan 22, 2009


With all print media struggling, it's no shock that electronic media is getting more attention and respect. E-books are especially discussed in publishing. And everyone keeps talking about electronic book readers like Kindle, but personally I've only ever seen a handful in my life. I wonder how much longer it will take for an e-reader like Kindle to become a commodity, so most could afford to buy one. Right now the Kindle lists for $359--prohibitive for me, and many others, in this economy--but they are sold out on Amazon. Clearly, there is a demand despite the economic woes.
Eventually I'll probably own a Kindle or Sony Reader or whatever the newest incarnation is. (Apple is bound to come out with a reading gadget larger than an iPhone someday, right?) I wonder how my readings habits will change. Will I miss the feeling of a book--the crisp pages of a new book, the soft crumpled pages of a used one? Will I miss drawing little stars by unique turns of phrase? 
For the time being, I'm going to enjoy my old-fashioned tangible book with creased corners and smudgy pens while I can.  

Jan 12, 2009

Two Strib mentions in a week!

As you saw, a few days ago Laurie Hertzel mentioned Written on the Knee. This past weekend, she plugged our May release, Yankee Invasion, about the American invasion of Mexico City in 1847. I'm personally very excited about this book, because it's the kind I read for my own pleasure: literary, yet accessible.  It's also taught me a great deal as my knowledge of this conflict was next to nothing. Thanks Laurie! 
One quick note I'd like to make, missing from the Strib post, is that we're co-publishing this with Aliform Publishing, another small Minneapolis press. Jay Miskowiec, Aliform's publisher, has some great Latin American lit in translation,  which you can find here.

Jan 7, 2009

Minneapolis continues to rank high in literacy

After a few weeks off for the holiday season, all of us at Scarletta Press are back to work with plenty to do. One exciting thing that happened while we were gone was a mention in the Sunday edition of the Star Tribune on January 4, 2009. Hopefully many of you saw it. Laurie Hertzel, Books page editor for the Strib, discussed the annual battle for the title of "Most Literate City" between Minneapolis and Seattle in her article, Which is the most literate? This year, cities share the title. The study focuses on six factors in determining each rank: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and internet resources. Scarletta Press and our book, Written on the Knee, were given a nod as noteworthy local literature. 

While the publishing industry continues to experience its lists of issues, it's nice to know that our little press exists in a city where literacy is recognizably valued. Thank you, Minneapolis!