Let's start a society book group. I thought it would be like any other book group except we would read books about publishing and books.
Clearly it should be enjoyable and relaxed - choice of venue would be important - a quiet pub centralish Cambridge would be good.
We don't have to be too ambitious - we could meet once a month, say, and read half a book at a time.
Choice of books needn't be too heavy or technical. Books about XML or EPUB are a no-no. Alberto Manguel's books are largely about books, publishing, reading and writing, and are lovely to read. Sven Birkert's Gutenberg Elegies looks interesting, ditto David L. Ulin's Lost Art of Reading (160 pages). I would like to read Cambridge and Polity's own John Thompson's Merchants of Culture (Polity Press) at some time. It has had rave reviews from publishers - see the Amazon page for it. Sam Dumiak suggested a book about Steve Jobs. In fiction at some point I'd like to read George Gissing, New Grub Street, but I'm up for anything. I'm all in favour of variety - we could all take turns to choose the book we want.
Doctors and architects have an obligatory programme of 'continuing professional development'. We in publishing don't, but we're lucky because we can get the triple whammy of an interesting book about the thing we do, wrapped up in the thing we make. I've been getting a lot of pleasure, energy and insight doing some strategic reading around my subject. E-mail me at email@example.com Even if you just leave a comment the site lets me know, and we can discuss here. Thanks!