Titlepage.tv brings literature to computer screens

The book publishing industry is always looking for ways to bring its literary achievements online. Titlepage.tv is one way that former Random House executive editor-in-chief Daniel Menaker is doing his part.

The book publishing industry is always looking for ways to bring its literary achievements online. Titlepage.tv is one way that former Random House executive editor-in-chief Daniel Menaker is doing his part. Each video on the Web site is a roundtable discussion, hosted by Menaker, among four authors talking about their upcoming books. The first video debuted on March 3. Episode 5, the most recent one, includes Simon Winchester, Aleksandar Hemon, Rabih Alameddine, and Nam Le discussing their work.

This is an interesting format that combines two publicity tactics of publishing: book trailers and author talks. While the videos can be long (the five episodes average 50 minutes each), those interested in literature and culture will stick around. Many have even taken to commenting on the site.

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