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Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt
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There are some rumors on the web that Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt may be in trouble.

"Publisher Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt has put the word out to its some of its editors to stop acquiring new manuscripts, Publishers Weekly reports. Agent Jonathon Lazear tells the industry rag, "I've been in the business a long time and at a couple of houses I worked at, when things were bad, we were asked to cut back. But I've never heard of anything so public."

What exactly this will mean for the general public remains to be seen. According to Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt's vice president of communications, Josef Blumenfeld, "it's a symbol of doing things smarter; it's not an indicator of the end of literature." That makes sense.

Except that he continued, "We have turned off the spigot, but we have a very robust pipeline."

Metaphor alert! The spigot is the thing that delivers a liquid, like water, to the consumer. The consumer relies on a spigot to dispense water when needed. A pipeline conveys a liquid (like water or oil) from its source to -- well, to a series of intermediaries, with the end goal of delivering to the consumer. Through the spigot.

Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt may have a robust pipeline of books in progress -- that's great! But to be clear, what they've done is ceased to buy raw materials (temporarily, they say, in some areas, and this ban can be superseded). They haven't turned off the spigot, which would mean they've stopped selling books. That would be bad for business."

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacke ... 8/11/publishing-indu.html

Posted on: 2008/11/29 0:15


Re: Linguaphone Course with Tolkien recording
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Beren has some of these for sale along with more information about them on his website at the tolkienlibrary.com about half-way down the page.

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Both copies on the site lack the booklets which your set seems to have judging by the photographs.

As an aside as these must be out of copyright by now, have any digital recordings ever been made of Tolkien from the 78 LPs?

Posted on: 2008/11/27 1:07


Re: BBC Four - Picture Book (UK only)
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BBC Iplayer is only available in the UK.

Sadly that's why I headed the post (UK only)

Posted on: 2008/11/26 11:31


Re: Hardback box set on eBay
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Posted on: 2008/11/26 11:27


Re: Tales from the Perilous Realm Deluxe
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It would be unique, so I'll be very pleased. The whole point really is to get them to take these sort of events more seriously and if they state in future that a book is numbered, then they make sure that it is.

Posted on: 2008/11/24 12:29



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