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The Top Five Communique Articles of 2008

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.



The Top Five Communique Articles of 2008

As reflected by the sheer number of people who clicked on the links and wrote in about the features:

1. Publisher Judith Regan fired over the OJ If I Did It book amidst accusations of pandering to tabloid controversy. Apparently no one had a problem with the Scott Peterson book though.

2. Apple's CEO Steve Jobs disses Amazon's Kindle as a flawed concept. Apparently God was wrong .

3. Bestselling author Ishmael Beah defends himself against allegations that parts of his memoir were fabricated . Beah remains utterly credible when compared to the fake memoir of Black ghetto life by a White woman who never ventured out of suburbia, and the false autobiography of a holocaust survivor's marathon journey to freedom across 3,000 miles of Nazi-occupied Europe (turns out she isn't even Jewish).

4. Entertainment Weekly releases its list of The One Hundred New Classics: The Best Reads from 1983 - 2008 . Despite not being included in the list, ex-Beverly Hills 90210 star Tori Spelling's autobiography still hits #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

5. The Berrett-Koehler Author Bill of Rights , emphasizing greater responsibility on both the author's and BK's part is released to the public under a Creative Commons license for all publishers to (hopefully) adopt. Various industry blogs pick up the document as a new model for collaboration.

Was your favorite story from 2008 one of the articles listed above? Was there one that should have been up there? Write it in below - it's what blogs are for!