Archive for September 5th, 2008

Darwin: printed just for you!

September 5, 2008

Scholars without borders, writing about a new print-on-demand firm called Cinnamon Teal:

A new entrant on the Indian publishing scene is Goa based Cinnamon Teal who bring affordable print-on-demand services to the country. A boon for the self-publisher, CT (the duck from which they take their name is on the right) also makes available classics that are out of copyright and are easily available in electronic form. Rather than curl up in your armchair with your laptop, you could curl up with the book… printed just for you…

And that is one way the book is evolving… So say you wanted Charles Darwin’s Autobiography, or his account of the Voyage of the Beagle, or any of the additional titles listed below,

  • Coral Reefs
  • Descent of Man, The
  • Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species, The
  • Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom
  • Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, The
  • Foundations of the Origin of Species, The
  • Geological Observations on South America
  • Insectivorous Plants
  • Life and Letters of Charles Darwin – Vol. 1
  • Life and Letters of Charles Darwin – Vol. 2
  • More Letters of Charles Darwin – Vol. 1
  • More Letters of Charles Darwin – Vol. 2
  • Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants, The
  • Note on the Resemblances and Differences in the Structure and the Development of the Brain in Man and Apes
  • On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
  • On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (2nd edition)
  • Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, 6th Edition, The
  • Power of Movement in Plants, The
  • Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, The
  • Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication – Vol. 1, The
  • Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication – Vol. 2, The
  • Volcanic Islands,

all you need to do is order yourself a copy at the Cinnamon Teal website.

Sounds cool!

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Sharada Prasad on writing

September 5, 2008

From T S Nagarajan’s piece at Churmuri:

He lost no opportunity to tell us how to edit articles and do field reports. He was an expert in wielding the ‘blue pencil’ and a miser with words, but had the unique ability to cut a long story short without in any way affecting its meaning or reducing its impact.

He advised us to read whatever we wrote, more than once, and rewrite, more than once, if necessary, until the piece was trimmed to its right length to make it interesting and effective.

“Beware of the introductory paragraph, make sure it is the best way to begin or else delete it. Most first paragraphs are often mere starters,” he would say.

He believed that writing doesn’t just communicate ideas; it generates them.

Take a look!