Author Archives: Barbara Galletly

Barbara Galletly

About Barbara Galletly

Barbara Galletly is pursuing a master’s degree in information studies at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information. She is studying archives, libraries, and other forms of collections. Previously, she was an associate agent and associate director of foreign rights at New York literary agency Georges Borchardt, Inc., until she left New York to explore the wider world of books. She also writes, usually about books, for This Recording. Follow her at her website and on Twitter.

In the Digital Era, Publication Isn’t Preservation

Publication used to mean preservation but it no longer does. Let me explain. When a print book is published its metadata is literally attached to its content. The author and title, publisher and imprint, price, ISBN and barcode, as well as the size, the shape, the binding are clear, easily referenced at a glance....

More Backlash: Consumers Start to Take Notice of E-Book Library Lending Problem

As e-book demand skyrockets, availability of big six e-books to library patrons has become increasingly scarce. And local media outlets are taking note. “The popularity of e-readers is soaring, but good luck finding that hot new title at your local library,” wrote San Francisco Chronicle columnist James Temple this weekend (E-readers grow; libraries can’t get...

Should Publishers Set Their Own Prices for E-Books?

Publishers should set their own prices for e-books, according to a panel at this year’s SXSW conference in Austin. By forcing prices upon books and publishers, Amazon has been setting the terms by which e-books are sold and thereby determining the income they bring in, said Brian Altounian, CEO and president of digital distribution...

Welcome to Austin: SXSWi and Mini TOC

Starting Friday, March 9, Austin, TX, will play host to a couple of exciting conferences which will transform it temporarily into a bustling international information, technology, and culture hub. Just as South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) gets underway the Austin Mini Tools of Change (TOC) Conference will take place down the street, inviting digital...

Barney Rosset: The Subject Is Our Patron Saint

INTERVIEWER You’re known in publishing circles to be the only publisher who would say no to a book because another publisher wanted to do it. If you were told that Knopf wanted a book, you’d say, Let them have it. ROSSET Well, that makes sense, because if Knopf could publish it, then it was...