Friday, March 23, 2007

new word - whingle

A whingle is a whinge with an angle i.e. it will cost you later. First identified in the building industry among contractors and sub-contractors.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Borders UK up for sale - & what else?

Borders UK may be up for sale after a recent review following a quaterly loss The review is said to have included Australian and New Zealand.

We've had only happy experiences with Borders and I'm left wondering what impact there'll be on the book trade here, and on us in particular.

Friday, March 02, 2007

gold from Sussex

Lucy Sussex sent me this quote from a history of Macmillan:

'The moral seems to be that to be a good publisher you must take children and artists seriously, and that is a hard moral, for how does it differ from saying that to be a good publisher you must be a good man?'

Now that's kind of challenging. As a caveat, quite Buddhist in its demands.

The source is: Charles Morgan, The House of Macmillan (1843-1943)
London: Macmillan 1934