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Ted Williams: A New San Diego Icon?

Actually, the article does mention the book :) -Randy

November 2, 2010 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U-T Redesign Not Impressive

I don't mind it too much. There's clearly a lot of method to their madness.

The big letters on section fronts, for example, are there to allow most of the horizontal space at the top of the page to be used for stories. (As compared to "Our Region," or whatever, in a huge font size hogging space.)

Their challenge, and it's a huge one, was to try to fit in the same amount of content on pages that are now about 15 percent smaller due to the narrowing of the paper. (This change is very common in the newspaper business, and the U-T is actually behind the times in going to a smaller size.)

Headlines, bylines, etc., simply have to get scrunched, and they need to free up as much space as they can. There's no way around it.

The new logo, though... ick.

-Randy

August 23, 2010 at 4:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

DMV Line? No Sweat, I've Got A Book On My Phone

Pat: As a public service, I will send you my future very entertaining missives via carrier pigeon.

Seth: The medium is not the message. Book lovers should be thrilled about any new technology that makes reading more accessible. (I'm actually buying more books these days thanks to Kindle, due to the low prices and the ability to read a sample chapter for free and see if I want to buy.)

It's ironic that you're concerned about underpricing of books on one hand but a supporter of libraries and book-borrowing (neither of which does much for an author's bottom line) on the other. (Never mind the fact that libraries in San Diego are only open past 5:30 p.m. twice a week.)

Is $9.99 a fair price for an electronic book? Well, let's consider: the publisher doesn't need to spend money on printing the book, and the seller doesn't need to pay for a physical store with clerks, bookshelves, comfy chairs and a hefty lease.

(Don't worry, brick-and-mortar folks: I'll still be going to Borders to buy books and shoot annoyed glares at comfy-chair hogs.)

Ultimately, e-books are a tool to draw more people to the words, which are what really matter.

-Randy

August 11, 2010 at 2:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )