Tuesday, August 19

Nick Denton: "I've just been passed a press release from Grove, saying they've bought the book rights to Salam Pax's diaries. (Salam Pax, for those on another planet, is the pseudonymous Baghdad blogger, who became an instant celebrity during the war.) The book will be called SALAM PAX: The Internet Diaries of Life Inside Baghdad -- though the Grove website has the title as My Name is Salam Pax, which sounds better, even if it is a cliche. No word yet on the advance but, given the competition for Salam's book, it must be well into the six figures. Which would make Salam one of the richest men in Iraq -- if one excludes the local warlords and mullahs, that is. And they said no one would ever make money out of blogging."


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