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Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing - Forbes

Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing - Forbes | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

"An entire generation of traditionally published authors has come of age learning to self-promote. Particularly for mid-list authors the burden of writing and marketing a book a year without much assistance can be crushing…These authors feel less beholden to publishers and more independent. They have been forced to become entrepreneurs, but are not rewarded commensurate with their contributions." 

 

"By the end of the 2000’s, the elements existed for a revolution. A few gatekeepers tended an inefficient pricing model that consumers and authors both hated. A whole set of mid-list authors were increasingly not making enough money to write fulltime. And beyond that, a generation of new writers was growing up on social media. These writers are tempermentally less able to accept the gatekeeper model of publishing."

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Can the Hawking Index tell us when people give up on books?

Can the Hawking Index tell us when people give up on books? | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
By counting which pages readers highlight on their Kindles, a new scale attempts to measure how far people persist with certain well-known books. Bad news for Capital – and Fifty Shades of Grey
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Not really scientific, but fun. :) 

 

I don't usually highlight passages in my Kindle, but when I do, it's always #jane #austen. 

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Ways With Words 2013: Jane Austen prescribed as antidote to the horrors of WW1 - Telegraph

Ways With Words 2013: Jane Austen prescribed as antidote to the horrors of WW1 - Telegraph | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
The novels of Jane Austen were prescribed to shell-shocked WW1 soldiers because of their soothing effect, an Oxford fellow has said.
Sara Rosett's insight:

I have to quibble with this statement: "Dr Byrne said Austen was loved for the same reason audiences were fond of Downton Abbey now: showing a world where “everyone knew their place”. 

 

One of the major themes of Downton Abbey is that everything *is* changing--the role of the aristocracy, the rigid class systems, the role of women...need I go on?  

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17 Quirky Bookstores

17 Quirky Bookstores | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

And all you have to do is visit them.


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I want to visit each one! 

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7 Fancy Editions of Pride and Prejudice: Totally Subjective Opinion Edition - BOOK RIOT

7 Fancy Editions of Pride and Prejudice: Totally Subjective Opinion Edition - BOOK RIOT | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
I’ve gotten to the point in my reading life where I do most of my day-to-day reading digitally or via the library, but most of my physical book purchases are Very Nice To Look At editions. I walk by my … Continued
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How to pick???

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What Your Summer Beach Read Says About You

What Your Summer Beach Read Says About You | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Summer unofficially started last Monday, bringing with it all the goodness of the new season-- beaches, road trips, cook-outs, and summer Fridays. For bibliophiles, summer is particularly great, because longer daylight hours and more free time trans...
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The habits of the British book reader (infographic)

The habits of the British book reader (infographic) | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Lovereading, a popular UK-based book discovery site, has published a new (and, again, very interesting) infographic on their blog. This time it’s based on a mini-poll conducted among Lovereading visitors.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 28, 8:04 AM

My answers:

1. In my favourite chair on the verandah in the morning.

2. More than 5 hours a week.  (Double that perhaps.)

3. By genre and then by author name
5. It varies (always looking for recommendations - best come from award shortlists).

6. Mixture of ebooks and physical (depending on what's on hand and how hard it is to get the book I want).

7. Yes, but I'd prefer to see the film only after reading the book.

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eBookish Happy Meals: McDonald's Offers eBooks Instead Of Toys - PSFK

eBookish Happy Meals: McDonald's Offers eBooks Instead Of Toys - PSFK | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Through a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, McDonald's is hoping to fortify children's minds.
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Like the idea. Chick fil a has been giving away books in their kid meals for years. #JustSaying 

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BookBub Raises $3.8M to Help Readers Find E-Book Deals Online - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ

BookBub Raises $3.8M to Help Readers Find E-Book Deals Online - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
As reading of e-books increases, BookBub aims to help publishers and authors find their audience.
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Most interesting sentence in the whole piece: "They found that the industry lacked the kinds of tools, resources and best practices that helped app makers and other companies connect directly with consumers, Mr. Schanker said." 

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To Kill a Mockingbird is going digital after author changes tune

To Kill a Mockingbird is going digital after author changes tune | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

To Kill a Mockingbird will be available as an e-book in July, more than 50 years after it was first published in print.


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I love dusty books and libraries, but that doesn't mean I can't love ebooks, too. :) 

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Urban Book Editor's curator insight, April 28, 6:14 PM

An e-book of To Kill a Mockingbird will help to introduce this Southern novel to a whole new generation of readers. I am delighted!

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Bookish Meals: photographs of meals from famous literature

Bookish Meals: photographs of meals from famous literature | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

From James Joyce to Maurice Sendak, by way of weep-worthy jelly and gifted chickens.


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I'll take the Catcher in the Rye sandwich, please. :)

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75 Facts About Christie | Agatha Christie - The official information and community site

75 Facts About Christie | Agatha Christie - The official information and community site | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
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I liked #50: She accepted the Presidency of the famous Detection Club in 1958 on the strict understanding that she would never have to make a speech. :) 

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Five Bookish iPhone Games You Should Be Playing Right Now

Five Bookish iPhone Games You Should Be Playing Right Now | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Eric Smith shares some fun literary-themed iPhone games he thinks you should be checking out.
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A runner game that lets you follow the text of Pride & Prejudice? I'm so in. 

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This Beautiful Illustration Shows The Evolution Of The Typewriter

This Beautiful Illustration Shows The Evolution Of The Typewriter | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Pop Chart Lab explores the history of the typewriter in its latest graphic, from "the first Hammond in 1870 to the Remington Rands and Smith Coronas of the 20th century."
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I want this on my wall. 

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Report: Amazon Testing ‘Kindle Unlimited’ Subscription Ebook Service | Digital Book World

Report: Amazon Testing ‘Kindle Unlimited’ Subscription Ebook Service | Digital Book World | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Amazon is testing an all-you-can-read subscription ebook service to compete with firms like Scribd and Oyster, according to multiple blogs, citing Web pages
Sara Rosett's insight:

Good for readers. Not sure if it's good for authors yet. 

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What Do I Feel Like Reading [Infographic]

What Do I Feel Like Reading [Infographic] | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Let us help you answer the question: "What do I feel like reading?" with our amazing infographic!
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Infographic to help you find the perfect book. :)

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14 quotes from writers inspired by football

14 quotes from writers inspired by football | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Oscar Wilde, George Orwell and Nabokov all had views on the beautiful game.


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Anyone else watching the World Cup? 

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Movies + Libraries

Movies + Libraries | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Libarry Scene
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For your Friday...#Bookish movie scenes #libraries

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A Brief Hands On With Printless Plans' 21" eReader - The Digital Reader

A Brief Hands On With Printless Plans' 21" eReader - The Digital Reader | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
When Printless Plans announced the Zephyr last November I was pretty sure I would never see it. Today I was proven wrong. I caught up with Jonathan Meyers and Jared Lyles of Printless Plans today at Display Week 2014, and while they couldn’t answer my questions about price or release date they did have a …
Sara Rosett's insight:

This is just cool, a jumbo #ereader

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Move over Lizzie Bennet – let's hear it for the unsung heroine

Move over Lizzie Bennet – let's hear it for the unsung heroine | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Fanny Price, the heroine of Mansfield Park, has been unfairly dismissed by readers and critics. To mark the novel's 200th anniversary, writers celebrate literary leading ladies who have been overshadowed by their showier sisters
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The Power of Sherlock | Sara Rosett

The Power of Sherlock | Sara Rosett | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

The publication of a several short stories in 1891 in The Strand Magazine vaulted the main character of Sherlock Holmes to popularity that continues to this day.

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Why do you think Sherlock is so popular? I'd love to hear your thoughts....

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Three Trends Among Ebook Readers | Digital Book World

Three Trends Among Ebook Readers | Digital Book World | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

2. “Mysteries and thrillers are more popular than ever right now,” Crum said."

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I couldn't agree more! 

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Literary Pet Names: Canine Edition - BOOK RIOT

Literary Pet Names: Canine Edition - BOOK RIOT | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
About a year ago, I told the story of naming our first cat here on Book Riot: In telling the story, I also suggested a passel of awesomely literary cat names. But over the past year, I’ve felt like I left … Continued
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I particularly like Rip Van Winkle and Ichabod. :) 

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24 Signs You're A Writer

24 Signs You're A Writer | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

1. You’ve considered purchasing, and/or have been gifted an old and barely working typewriter.


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Guilty! :)

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 20, 11:19 AM

Totally hilarious.

A.K.Andrew's comment, April 20, 11:19 AM
Hilarious. Thanks for finding this for us:-)
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E-lending trial leads to click-through sales | The Bookseller

E-lending trial leads to click-through sales | The Bookseller | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Book Publishing Industry News. Regular news updates from The Bookseller's news desk. The latest press reports about the publishing sector and updates from the City
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This is good news (and something I always suspected...)

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Is The "Young Adult" Boom Dwindling In Books As Well As Movies?

Is The "Young Adult" Boom Dwindling In Books As Well As Movies? | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
There's a lot riding on Divergent, which comes out this Friday. Studios are hoping it'll show there are still audiences for young-adult films other than Hunger Games, after the dismal performance of several other films. But also, says the Wall Street Journal, there's hope it'll rescue the struggling young-adult book market.
Sara Rosett's insight:

Finally! "Also, studios are getting wary of novels that feel too much like cookie-cutter copies of other stuff. Especially Twilight clones." 

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Evangeline Denmark's curator insight, March 21, 12:23 PM

I'd argue that the lack of a stand out bestseller gives young adult readers the opportunity to explore other books in the genre. I don't think the category in books or in movies is going anywhere any time soon.