Monday, December 19, 2011

Changes to the ‘Books’ page

We will no longer be featuring new Malaysian books on this page (the old posts will remain); they will be moved to the our ‘Home’ page. The publishing industry in Malaysia is facing a mini boom; we are now receiving new titles at the bookstore about two or three times a week. As such, our ‘once a month’ update is not longer relevant, and we find ourselves dropping some books due to space constraints.

Our ‘Home‘ page displays dynamic content (sorry for the jargon), which means that it will be updated every time we add a new book to the database, possibly two or three times a week, with links directly to our online bookstore. So, anyone sending us a book should see it featured right on the front page of our website within twenty-four hours (unless we receive too many titles at one time).

The ‘old‘ book page will be used for reviews. We will start with books we are reading at Silverfish currently, and then spread out to feature good reviews from readers who’d like to share something good they’ve read. If one reads the news these days, one would be forgiven for thinking that the book is dead. Fortunately, its demise has been greatly exaggerated. In the last month, in Silverfish, we have read four books -- 1Q84 by Murakami, Cain by Saramago, Steve Jobs by Isaacson and Encounters by Kundera, and we have plenty to write about.

The other pages will be updated throughout the month as well, with the monthly Silverfish newsletter carrying a summary for those on our mailing list. It’s an experiment.