Linda’s Writerly Tidbits – News from the blunter end of publishing

We all know what happens; we read journals, magazines websites and emails; we gather information from a vast array of sources and then promptly forget where it came from. As I was drinking a coffee whilst waiting for an appointment today, I had a brain wave. “I know” I said to myself, “I’ll create a regular tidbits post where I can store the most interesting things I come across”. Perhaps you might find something that’s of interest as well.

Ebook Sales Figures 2012

The Bookseller reports that ebook sales in 2012 accounted for approximately 14% of total book unit sales, however this is not all good news as, although more books were sold in 2012 than in 2011, overall revenue was lower; this is probably because ebooks are that much cheaper than their physical counterparts.

The Internet Archive

First up is the news that the wayback machine from the Internet Archive has had a bit of a makeover and has now indexed an additional 90,000,000,000 URLs, bringing the total to 240,000,000,000 images of web sites dating back to the earliest days of the web. I decided to have a look back at the earliest recorded image the site that eventually became The Hysterectomy Association; this was the site I created as part of my original MSc in Information Science. The image below it is The Hysterectomy Association as it was in January 2013!

Hysterectomy Support Site 1997
Hysterectomy Association Site 2013

You may be wondering why the wayback machine is a useful tool. Well, it’s great for research purposes, what about checking dates, facts and documents or even statements issued and news added. You can find it at:

Celebrating the Library

Finally, we have a lovely little video celebrating the library from Arthur who claims that ‘having fun isn’t hard when you have a library card’ – cute but could be annoying on the fifth round πŸ™‚ I’d like to know why that librarian looks just like the archetypal librarian though?

Making it to 503 posts on my blog

Ok, so it may not be headline news, but it is a major milestone personally. This is the 503rd post on this particular blog and I’m off to celebrate with a nice bottle of wine this evening πŸ™‚


  1. Exactly. I was noticing how much I changed and then didn’t, and where my focus was and where it is now. I’m going to be harvesting some of my own old data, too πŸ™‚

  2. I used the wayback machine to look at my very first website from 2001. How nostalgic! That was fun, Linda. Thanks for sharing the link. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.

  3. Some interesting tidbits here Linda. It may be that although the overall revenue is down it is not the authors that are losing out, as they may even receive more for the sale of an ebook, or more overall due to higher sales and no ongoing production costs. It would be interesting to see how that revenue is then apportioned.
    And yay for the library! Our refurbished community library reopens on Thursday, now run by volunteers as it is no longer operated by the council.

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