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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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How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? - Personal Creations Blog

How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? - Personal Creations Blog | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
We're all busy people. So we took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish them.
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How WW1 shaped Agatha Christie - and Detective Poirot

How WW1 shaped Agatha Christie - and Detective Poirot | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

After 39 years, Hercule Poirot is back in a new novel. Here Kate Weinberg looks at how the First World War shaped his creator (RT @TelegraphBooks: #AgathaChristie was born on this day 1890.


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Really interesting background on Christie and how WWI shaped her writing. 

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Authors Guide To Drawing Maps - The World Building School

Authors Guide To Drawing Maps - The World Building School | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Maps provide a solid, visual way to show people your world. The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps is a collection of articles to help you when drawing maps.

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I'd love to include maps in my books. Must check this out. 

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How to Be a Writer: Hemingway’s Advice to Aspiring Authors

How to Be a Writer: Hemingway’s Advice to Aspiring Authors | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
"As a writer you should not judge. You should understand."

Ernest Hemingway has contributed a great deal to the collected advice of great
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Thanks to @thrillerchick for link 

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Almost all the books people say influenced them were written for children

Almost all the books people say influenced them were written for children | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Facebook's data scientists crunched the numbers on a meme you've probably seen going around.


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London's book benches – readers' photos

London's book benches – readers' photos | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Visitors to London this summer have had an extra attraction to seek out – book-shaped benches scattered across the capital. Not only are they are a beautiful tribute to some of the best London-themed literature, but they are raising money for a great cause. Here is a selection of the photos you shared with us.
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Fun idea to promote reading! 

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10 Things That Happen When You Can't Put Down A Good Book

10 Things That Happen When You Can't Put Down A Good Book | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Please do not disturb.
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Three Ways Authors Can Improve Discoverability With Canva - Girlfriends Book Club

Three Ways Authors Can Improve Discoverability With Canva - Girlfriends Book Club | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

  You can select the type of image you’d like to create from the handy slider bar at the top of the home page, which has tons of options, including presized templates for Facebook covers, Pinterest pins, blog graphics, and even Kindle book covers.

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I think Canva could be my new Pinterest....

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Words And Phrases That (Almost) Always Convert [Infographic]

Words And Phrases That (Almost) Always Convert [Infographic] | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
As marketers, the words we write should sell. Check out these simple but powerful terms that will help you turn everyday copy into conversions and shares.
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Interesting look at how we're persuaded....

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How Our Eyes Move On A Website

How Our Eyes Move On A Website | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Creating a successful website involves more than just a visually appealing design. The most effective websites create a satisfying user experience based on how consumers track and read the information on the page.


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I thought this was fascinating. I wonder if our eye movement patterns are the same on other types of reading material like newspapers, magazines, and book covers. 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 5, 2:25 AM

Good look at how readers read a website online and what you can do for better results.

Stefanie Greene's curator insight, August 5, 2:37 PM

You can see these tips in action on our newly redesigned website, www.AACR.org.

Beri Creative's curator insight, August 8, 2:53 AM

Keep on learning!

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90% of US Libraries now Loan out eBooks - Good E-Reader (blog)

90% of US Libraries now Loan out eBooks - Good E-Reader (blog) | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
90% of US Libraries now Loan out eBooks
Good E-Reader (blog)
Libraries in the United States have been steadily embracing digital books for the past few years.

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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.
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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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Slow Reading movement wants you to slooooow down, read better » MobyLives

Slow Reading movement wants you to slooooow down, read better » MobyLives | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
In the tradition of slow design, slow food, slow living, and, sure, the slow loris, slow reading advocates would like you to stop doing everything so darn quickly. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the modern pace of…
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As long as people are reading... 

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slow reading is a good option for people who lost themselves among social networks ...

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Jane Austen Festival breaks record for Regency costume gathering

Jane Austen Festival breaks record for Regency costume gathering | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Bath festival reclaims world record from American Austen fans.


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Jane Austen is a popular as ever! 

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, September 16, 10:52 AM

Looks like a festive event! 

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Stephen King has named his most hated expressions. What are yours?

Stephen King has named his most hated expressions. What are yours? | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
‘Many believe’ and ‘some people say’ are among the phrases that make his skin crawl, he has revealed. Please share yours
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I have to agree with "brainchild." 

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Kobo Aura H2O hands-on review

Kobo Aura H2O hands-on review | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
We get a close up look at Kobo's waterproof ereader
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Wonderfully weird & ingenious medieval books

Wonderfully weird & ingenious medieval books | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Leiden University book historian Erik Kwakkel describes his tumblr site as follows: 'I post images from medieval books'. In the words of Samuel L. Jackson on the immortal Snakes on a Plane, you either want to see that, or you don't.


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What's not to love about life-size books? Especially when they come with a map of Italy? 

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Could Mr Darcy afford a stately home today? - Telegraph

Could Mr Darcy afford a stately home today? - Telegraph | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
We calculate the modern-day fortunes of Jane Austen's fictional heroes
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Contains handy reference chart with modern currency conversions! 

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What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos | Science | WIRED

What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos | Science | WIRED | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
The reason typos get through isn't because we're stupid or careless, it's because what we're doing is actually very smart.
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"Generalization is the hallmark of all higher-level brain functions." That's right--the reason I missed those typos was because I was using my higher-level brain functions. Yep. That's it. :)

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Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language

Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

From Mrs Malaprop to Lothario to the Grinch, some characters leap out of the pages of fiction and into the dictionary. Here are some of the best.


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The history of how literary characters became dictionary entries. 

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New Scrabble words, new Scrabble rules

New Scrabble words, new Scrabble rules | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Well, there’s a new Scrabble dictionary in town. To be published August 11, the dictionary boasts includes but should apologize for 5,000 new words, including “fracking” and “hashtag.”

 

Is nothing sacred? These words shouldn’t be in Scrabble when they don’t even pass the red-line test when I type them in Word, surely?

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Via the Passive Voice Blog 

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The Real Jane Austen: A Charming Documentary (YouTube)

Who was the real Jane Austen?


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Haven't had a chance to watch this, but I'm always interested in anything related to #Jane #austen

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

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