IDPF: What the Future Holds for Libraries

The first two keynotes at this year's IDPF Digital Book conference were focused on looking to the future for books. Peter Brantley, of the non-profit startup Hy...

Library group ‘hopeful’ over closure ruling

Campaigning residents who launched the first High Court challenge against library closures proposed by various local authorities across the country have said they are hopeful of success.

The campaigners, from the borough of Brent in north London, were speaking after asking a judge to declare decisions to close six "treasured" libraries in their area "fundamentally flawed and unlawful".

Peer review: Learning to give criticism

I can't hear you

Every writing forum has its own guidelines and standards for reviewing, and most of them include something along the lines of “be constructive.”  You should look up the word "constructive," and note that it has nothing to do with being positive or encouraging. I mention this because a lot of writers seem to think otherwise, and will accuse you of not being constructive if you offer anything that isn’t outright praise.

Peer review: Learning to take criticism

Despite evidence to the contrary, the purpose of peer review is not to network and self-promote in order to sell your unpublished (or self-published) book. The purpose is to improve your work to the point where it is publishable, to increase your own and others’ knowledge of the craft by examining writing samples to see what works and what doesn’t. The goal is to learn to read not as a reader but as an editor, alert to the technique of the author as well as the content of the story.