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May 26, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am

Sign of the times: a look at BEA banners from GalleyCat

Exit Index: Total number of editors jettisoned 
from Harper's in 2010: no less than 5. The magazine has announced the departure of two more top-of-the-masthead staff.

GalleyCat prowled the halls of the Javits Center on Tuesday, wrapping up the day's BookExpo events, while its companion blog eBookNewser detailed the conference's digital news. The Constant Conversation sent this downbeat dispatch to booksellers: "we’re not asking you to save us; we’re asking you to save yourselves," while Publisher's Weekly reported from BEA's DIY conference. At the LA Times Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg summed up the morning's contentious panel discussion about e-publishing this way: "The vicissitudes of e-books and digital publishing are a thing to be weathered, not celebrated."

If you're at the the Expo today, visit Bookforum's booth and pick up a copy of our hot-off-the-press print issue.

Yesterday we warned you about scurrilous scare quotes; today we alert you to another fearsome punctuation mark, the frequently misused hyphen, along with other missteps from recent New York Times stories. The Times's After Deadline blog faithfully points out the paper's flubs, but it can take persistent phone calls, emails, blog posts, and eleven days to get a simple mistake corrected in the Wall Street Journal. 

Minor errors in style, spelling, and usage should be shrugged off—it happens to the best of us—but Scott Mclemee finds the "rewriting" of history in a press release for the forthcoming book 1877: America’s Year of Living Violently by Michael A. Bellesiles to be a "masterpiece of evasion," and fills in the backstory of Bellesiles's slide into disrepute.

Tonight at powerHouse Books, it's time to Tweet Up and meet your Twitter pals face-to-face.