Monday, September 26, 2011

Around the Word

E-book boom: New numbers are in on the digital e-volution, and the e-book trend isn't slowing down any time soon. Especially notable were trade publishers, where e-book production jumped from 50 percent to 76 percent in the last two years. The study, from digital publisher Aptara, also found that one in five e-book publishers makes more than 10 percent of their revenue from e-books.

Happy Punctuation Day! We hope you used some celebratory semicolons this weekend, because Saturday was National Punctuation Day. The day is "a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semi-colons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis," according to the website of Jeff Rubin, the inventor of the holiday. Check out the site to see how other grammar-philes celebrated a day of punctuation, or head over to the Writing Resource for some punctuation-inspired videos. And if the semicolon really isn't your style, you can try to give it another chance after reading John E. McIntyre's recent column on the most pretentious type of punctuation. How will you celebrate punctuation?

Errorist threat: Looking at a slightly darker side of grammar enthusiasm, the blog Logophilius recently examined the term "Grammar Nazi." A Grammar Nazi "is someone who constantly corrects (sometimes erroneously) other people's grammar and usage." These sticklers for correctness can be irksome in conversation and online, but Logophilius blogger Andy Hollandbeck argues that "Grammar Nazi" might not be the best term. They seem to hone in on any error, not just grammatical, and Nazis just aren't as scary as they once were. That's why he suggests the term "errorist," a combination of "error" and "terrorist." We do think that the label has a nice ring to it. Will you be calling out the next errorist who criticizes your work?

Wiz kid: One sales savvy nineteen year-old already knows the importance of building a platform: he just signed a book deal with a Penguin imprint for a personal finance book based off of his website, The NYU student has a budding career as a personal finance advisor for high school and college students. After building a website and promoting it by blogging for the Huffington Post and appearing on just about every news and finance network, he's landed a book deal. Check out his story for some inspiration on the art of self-promotion.

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