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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Restoring the Past and a Boost To Independents

Modern technology is being used to preserve classic books and make them available to a whole new audience via the internet. This is an article well worth checking out, particularly if you've had any interest in reading an old, rare book. You may be able to find it, for free, online.

Courtesy of Robert Fate, author of Baby Shark and Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues comes word of this article in Library Journal that probes the contributions independent presses are bringing to the crime fiction community. Not only is Fate mentioned, but authors Troy Cook, Julia Buckley, and Tim Maleeny receive worthy mentions.

There is also a list of notable Crime Fiction blogs, but I strongly disagree with some of the named blogs. Notably absent from the list are:
~ The Rap Sheet, which is an exceptional crime fiction industry blog and required reading in my book

~ Nathan Cain's worthy Independent Crime, which features some of these new publishers the article was referring to

~ Mike Stotter's new Shots blog, (Mike may be new to blogging, but Shots is the best crime fiction ezine on the web)

~ The Outfit, which has newcomers Marcus Sakey and Sean Chercover blogging alongside revered authors such as Sara Paretsky.