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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 19, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    Blookie delights

    Fiona McCann

    Kudos to David Maybury , Sinéad Keogh and all at the Irish Blog Awards for a fascinating evening of all things blog to bookish and back again. The panel of bloggers, writers, publishers – generally, people that know a thing or two about books – engaged with a lively audience of all of the above (plus some infiltrating hacks), with plenty of debate over the merits of writing blogs whether as writing practice or to get noticed,  as well as some interesting debate about the future of books in an electronic age. Speaking of which, has anyone switched their reading medium yet from old-school page turners to new-fangled e-bookery? Do such formats spell The End for our beloved books?

    • Salubri says:

      Nothing beats the pleasure of a book in the hand… Easier on the eye too. I do read e-books now and then but mainly work related / technical stuff where the ability to copy+paste is a help.

      The book is still king!

    • Fiona says:

      Salubri: I have to admit I agree – I love how books smell, feel, how they look on shelves, I love their artwork and their heft and the noise of a page flipping. Long may they last.

    • Bryan says:

      I agree with you guys. I love books. I don’t see myself switching formats any time soon.

      Fiona, what did the panel have to say about blogging as a way to bet out there and a platform for a writing career?

    • Fiona says:

      Bryan: I think the general consensus was that it didn’t do any harm to have built up an audience, and proof of your writing ability, although attempts to get a book deal through blogging are often painfully transparent. Ivan O’Brien of O’Brien publishing said that those in the industry would not necessarily look through blogs for new talent, although a literary agent present in the audience suggested that this was not always the case for agents. Conclusion? No harm in blogging, though it’s no guarantee of a deal.

    • fústar says:

      Congrats, by the way, on the Blog Awards nyomination. Enjoy the night. I f you go.

    • Fiona says:

      Fustar: Thank you! I’ll be there – shame you won’t. Also apologies for not being able to do a fada on your name – am a muppet when it comes to accents.


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