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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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Agatha Christie Covers | Agatha Christie's Devon | Pinterest

Agatha Christie Covers | Agatha Christie's Devon | Pinterest | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
This Pin was discovered by G.M. Malliet. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. | See more about cup of tea, agatha christie and books.
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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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Pocketables survey shows tablets still mainly consumption devices

Pocketables survey shows tablets still mainly consumption devices | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Reading, meanwhile, rated as the highest single usage, at 19.17 percent of usage, followed by video consumption with 17.92 percent, gaming with 12.92 percent, and music consumption with 10.42 percent."

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Nice to see this: reading topped the list of how people used their tablets, beating out video consumption, gaming, and even music consumption. 

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Christie anniversary dramas planned

Christie anniversary dramas planned | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

"Agatha Christie's most successful book and two of her lesser-known sleuths are to be brought to the screen as part of a series of BBC programmes marking the 125th anniversary of her birth."

 
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Looking forward to Tommy and Tuppence series--they are my favorite Christie characters. 

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The Book Riot 2013 Reading Habits Survey: The Results - BOOK RIOT

The Book Riot 2013 Reading Habits Survey: The Results - BOOK RIOT | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Last month, in a flurry of survey results from outside sources and extended Methodology Corner sections of the Book Riot Podcast (if you’re not a listener, that’s when we discuss new studies about the world of books and reading and highlight their strengths, weaknesses, and takeaway points), we decided it was high time to collect some data from our …
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Always interesting to get a snapshot of reading habits. 

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Rumors of book industry's death have been greatly exaggerated

Rumors of book industry's death have been greatly exaggerated | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Book sales have risen strongly since 2008, not coincidentally since ebooks came on the scene. There’s more than ever to read and people are reading more books than ever.
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This is math I can understand: "Dig a little deeper and you’ll see that, within the total, ebook sales rose from $68 million to $3 billion, what’s technically known as a gazillion percent increase. Absent ebooks, total print book sales did shrink about 8%."

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15 cool typography designs of your favorite literary quotes

15 cool typography designs of your favorite literary quotes | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Created by the founder of the The Readables book blog.


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Love this C.S. Lewis quote! 

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Jim Parsons Talks Mysteries with Craig Ferguson - YouTube

Jim Parsons Talks Mysteries with Craig Ferguson via @Janet Rudolph

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Love it that they're talking #AgathaChristie and #cozy mysteries on late night TV 

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10 Literary iPhone Cases Under $15 - BOOK RIOT

10 Literary iPhone Cases Under $15 - BOOK RIOT | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
I just bought an iPhone. I’m late to this particular bandwagon because I don’t care about phones even a little and my husband Very Much Cares About Phones And Therefore Picks Them Out For Me And Also He Intensely Dislikes Apple, so. But when my latest Android thingy started getting wonky, I decided to go …
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Every bookworm needs a bookish phone cover.
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15 Best Quotes from Sherlock: 'Is It Nice Not Being Me?'

15 Best Quotes from Sherlock: 'Is It Nice Not Being Me?' | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Sherlock returns for its third season this Sunday on Masterpiece on PBS, and fans are anxiously waiting to learn the fate of TV’s most exasperatingly brilliant sleuth.
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Must add some new ones from season three...

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James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot: Why Do We Keep Resurrecting the Same Literary Characters?

James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot: Why Do We Keep Resurrecting the Same Literary Characters? | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
James Parker and Pankaj Mishra discuss why certain characters keep returning to life.
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Interesting that neither writer mentions that the characters themsleves facinate readers/viewers and we want to see Holmes work out the clues and watch Bond catch the baddie. 

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Nation's first bookless library opens in San Antonio

Nation's first bookless library opens in San Antonio | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Bexar County's $2.3 million BiblioTech library looks a lot like an Apple Store - and has drawn interest from as far away as Hong Kong.
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This is cool, but a few physical books would be nice, too. 

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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.
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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.

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BuzzFeed introduces a writing style guide for the Internet age

BuzzFeed introduces a writing style guide for the Internet age | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
As new apps shape our evolving language, BuzzFeed's style guide tries to make sense of the grammatical madness.
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Unfriend or de-friend? Buzzfeed gives us a style guide for our lives today....

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Amazon’s killer new app for books

Amazon’s killer new app for books | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
With linked e-books/audiobooks, there’s “time enough at last” to read.
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Interesting article about Amazon's effort to promote audio and possible trends in reading/listening.

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Google doodle: Did John Steinbeck spy for the CIA? (+video)

Google doodle: Did John Steinbeck spy for the CIA? (+video) | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Writer John Steinbeck offered to work for the CIA during the cold war. Evidence suggests that the agency accepted.
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"Author" would be an excellent cover...

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Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
Duke University's libraries lend printed books to students and faculty members at other institutions all the time via interlibrary loan.

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Interesting idea! 

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Alyson Tyler's curator insight, February 17, 9:52 AM

In America

LibrarianLand's curator insight, February 19, 8:40 AM

Very Curious about this.

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Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster

Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
While the television industry has begun catering to impatient audiences by releasing entire series at once, the book business is upending its traditional timetable by encouraging a kind of binge reading, releasing new works by a single author at an accelerated pace.
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Not sure that publishing books "months apart" is what readers want. Don't most readers want "weeks apart" for their favorite series? 

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Arranging your books by color is not a moral failure

Arranging your books by color is not a moral failure | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Those who are opposed to color-organizing bookshelves argue that it’s impractical, claiming they couldn’t possibly find anything that isn’t categorized by title, author, or subject in their apparently vast collections. To them, the color-organized bookshelf is a self-conscious triumph of style over substance.


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Love the way it looks. Probably won't do it myself. 

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, February 12, 9:26 PM

I would love to do this but am scared I would never find the books i needed!

Lesley Hussell's curator insight, February 13, 10:23 AM

On the contrary, it shows creativity!

Beth Gross's curator insight, February 13, 11:26 PM

Looks a lot more organized than my library!

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Another bookish phone cover…

Another bookish phone cover… | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
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Not Reading Indie Books Yet? You're Missing Out

Not Reading Indie Books Yet? You're Missing Out | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Not Reading Indie Books Yet? You're Missing Out - The Huffington Post
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Some great points about indie books. 

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Our growing appetite for 'chick noir' - Telegraph.co.uk

Our growing appetite for 'chick noir' - Telegraph.co.uk | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk

Our growing appetite for 'chick noir'

 

“I'd define 'chick noir' as psychological thrillers that explore the fears and anxieties experienced by many women,” Whitehouse says. “They deal in the dark side of relationships, intimate danger, the idea that you can never really know your husband or partner or that your home and relationship is threatened. In these books, danger sleeps next to you. Marriage is catnip for writers of psychological suspense because it's such a private, intimate relationship.”


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Another sign that #chick #lit isn't dead.... 

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Mary Daniels Brown's curator insight, January 16, 12:02 PM

The article attributes the origins of "chick noir" to "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn and "Before I Go to Sleep" by S. J. Watson.

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Dear diary, how did you become part of our literary culture?

Dear diary, how did you become part of our literary culture? | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

From Pamela to Bridget Jones, fictional diaries enthral us. What is it that so appeals both to writers and their readers?


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Love epistolary fiction? Here's a list of great diary novels. 

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