Category: Celeb book bashing

Cutting out the excess

Surprise, surprise according the a piece in The Observer yesterday the start of 2007 will see a pile of diet books coming out. After we all put on the pounds, make those new year resolutions to lose weight and start the year with the January Blues looking for something to make us feel better these books are meant to offer the answer. Maybe they will be more successful than the piles of celebrity books that have failed to shift in large numbers pre Christmas and the advice for some publishers should be that if you want to save pounds and keep away from collecting extra piles (of books) then avoid commissioning so many Caleb biographies.

Cutting out the excess

Surprise, surprise according the a piece in The Observer yesterday the start of 2007 will see a pile of diet books coming out. After we all put on the pounds, make those new year resolutions to lose weight and start the year with the January Blues looking for something to make us feel better these books are meant to offer the answer. Maybe they will be more successful than the piles of celebrity books that have failed to shift in large numbers pre Christmas and the advice for some publishers should be that if you want to save pounds and keep away from collecting extra piles (of books) then avoid commissioning so many Caleb biographies.

Shared depression

At the risk of being accused of going on a bit let me post a short comment about the fuel thrown onto the celeb book debate today by The Times (headline sorts of says it all: ‘get warm: burn a Xmas book’) and the introduction to The Independent’s Christmas book special which includes the line: “Any honest observer of the book business in Britain will spend much of any year sunk in head-shaking gloom”.

Shared depression

At the risk of being accused of going on a bit let me post a short comment about the fuel thrown onto the celeb book debate today by The Times (headline sorts of says it all: ‘get warm: burn a Xmas book’) and the introduction to The Independent’s Christmas book special which includes the line: “Any honest observer of the book business in Britain will spend much of any year sunk in head-shaking gloom”.

Another dose of celeb book bashing

Talking of literacy it is a bit of a bugbear of mine that if you go in hunt for a decent read it is almost impossible at this time of year to get past the mountains of celebrity biographies. Yet as John Crace points out in today’s Guardian publishers know that they are not all selling in large numbers yet continue to commission and publish them. It even gets to into a weird situation where a celebrity cleared of murder, talking about O.J Simpson of course, will go out and write a book about how he would have murdered his wife and her boyfriend if he had wanted to.

What will be interesting is at the end of the Christmas sales period when the figures are in and the cold reality hits some publishers. Already sales figures of some footballing memoirs are down. Some serious thought should be put into the celebrity book process but you can place an easy bet that there are some companies with cheque books open just waiting to get a signature from the winner of the X Factor and I’m Celebrity get Me Out of Here

Another dose of celeb book bashing

Talking of literacy it is a bit of a bugbear of mine that if you go in hunt for a decent read it is almost impossible at this time of year to get past the mountains of celebrity biographies. Yet as John Crace points out in today’s Guardian publishers know that they are not all selling in large numbers yet continue to commission and publish them. It even gets to into a weird situation where a celebrity cleared of murder, talking about O.J Simpson of course, will go out and write a book about how he would have murdered his wife and her boyfriend if he had wanted to.

What will be interesting is at the end of the Christmas sales period when the figures are in and the cold reality hits some publishers. Already sales figures of some footballing memoirs are down. Some serious thought should be put into the celebrity book process but you can place an easy bet that there are some companies with cheque books open just waiting to get a signature from the winner of the X Factor and I’m Celebrity get Me Out of Here

Couldn’t agree more

At the risk of going on again about the large amount of celebrity biographies that are clotting up the bookshelves in bookshops this Christmas there is a great article in The Independent by Boyd Tonkin who moans not just about the “snowdrifts of Christmas drivel” making reference to celebrity dross but also expresses despair about the number of ‘humour’ books that are designed to appeal to people who do not like reading. I was nodding my head while reading and no doubt you will be too.