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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: All about books, all the time | 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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Check out 25 breathtaking libraries from all around the world.

Check out 25 breathtaking libraries from all around the world. | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
If libraries transform space like this, imagine what they do to your mind.
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Love these libraries! #scoop
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26 Literary Puns Only True Book Lovers Will Understand

26 Literary Puns Only True Book Lovers Will Understand | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
How many of these made you laugh? Tell us in the comments! FacebookTwitterPinterestPrint Friendly Comments comments
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We can always use more Pride and Prejudice puns, right? 
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Ten Days at the Mad-House: How Nellie Bly Posed as Insane in 1887 in Her Brave Exposé of Asylum Abuse

Ten Days at the Mad-House: How Nellie Bly Posed as Insane in 1887 in Her Brave Exposé of Asylum Abuse | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
A timeless and sobering reminder that the true measure of power is not how deftly we can assert our authority but how much kindness and compassion we can show
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#trailblazing woman! Using her story as inspiration for an upcoming book. #tw
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Handwritten page from Sherlock Holmes story to fetch up to £110,000 at auction

Handwritten page from Sherlock Holmes story to fetch up to £110,000 at auction | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
The page is taken from The Hound of the Baskervilles and is deemed especially valuable as it features Holmes and assistant Watson discussing the case
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I can't imagine #writing a manuscript by hand!! 
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Moneyball for Book Publishers: A Detailed Look at How We Read

Moneyball for Book Publishers: A Detailed Look at How We Read | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
A reader analytics company in London wants to use data on our reading habits to transform how publishers acquire, edit and market books.
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It's refreshing to see publishers looking for actual data, but I don't want Big Brother looking over my shoulder as I read. #trends #privacy #publishing #amreading #tw
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Gavin Umstead's curator insight, March 27, 11:57 PM
Whoa. That was really interesting to read. This article explained that rate of completions of reading books. They gathered their data from the use of e-books. This information was evidently clear is had a strong credibility that could even be shown through the language of the article. This article had a little bit of a business twist included. Its throws out the idea of how writing for books may have a huge change due to this new information being accessible now. At the end of the article its expressed that simple "In the business of selling paper." That sentence blew my mind because the value is inside the book and not of the object itself. Being a business fanatic, that was a game changer. 
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Bookish #writing tool: the Retro Freewrite Word Processor via @wired

Bookish #writing tool: the Retro Freewrite Word Processor via @wired | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
A new typewriter-like device offers a distraction-free writing experience. There are no apps, just a dreamy mechanical keyboard and an e-ink screen.
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I remember the initial buzz about this product when it was called the Hemingwrite. It looked cool then and I was interested, but it seems very similar to the AlphaSmart. 

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#trends #amwriting #tech

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Bookish Interview: Umberto Eco @PublishersWkly

Bookish Interview: Umberto Eco @PublishersWkly | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
How does Eco describe himself? “I’ve always thought of myself as a scholar who, at a certain point, began to write novels on the weekend... in the summer.”
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Sara's thoughts: Umberto Eco's thoughts on politics, collecting #books, and #writing. 

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Series Reading Program: Creating a Culture of Reading

Series Reading Program: Creating a Culture of Reading | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, 100 percent of the fifth-grade students are meeting grade-level fluency standards in reading.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Sara's thoughts: Very informative article with step-by-step guide on how to build a reading program at schools using series books. :) 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 18, 11:19 AM

This article goes hand-in-hand with the one I shared yesterday about 12 ways to nurture reading. This one goes a little deeper with a discussion of how a Title 1 school was able to build a culture of reading through selecting series to read. This is a great idea to build passionate readers because building competent readers simply isn't enough, is it? Enjoy!

Cissie Bannister Burley's curator insight, March 19, 12:14 PM

This article goes hand-in-hand with the one I shared yesterday about 12 ways to nurture reading. This one goes a little deeper with a discussion of how a Title 1 school was able to build a culture of reading through selecting series to read. This is a great idea to build passionate readers because building competent readers simply isn't enough, is it? Enjoy!

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16 Books To Read If You Hate Valentine's Day

16 Books To Read If You Hate Valentine's Day | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I’m against love — it’s just that I don’t
enjoy the forced, canned version of romance that the holiday seems to inspire.
People who are in relationships feel obligated to buy bright red teddy bears
and cheap chocolates for each other, and people
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Varied reading list of books with non-mushy romance and friendship as well as a ghost story. 

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The book most people have lied about reading – and it's not War and Peace via @TelegraphBooks

The book most people have lied about reading – and it's not War and Peace via @TelegraphBooks | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

A study of the reading habits of 2,000 Britons commissioned by the BBC Store found that one in four bluffed about reading a classic when a TV adaptation of it was shown, with the most popular reasons being not wanting to miss out on the conversation and wanting to appear more intelligent.

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Sara's thoughts: Quite a diverse list....everything from War and Peace to 50 Shades of Gray! 

 

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What Makes Great Detective Fiction, According to T. S. Eliot - The New Yorker

What Makes Great Detective Fiction, According to T. S. Eliot - The New Yorker | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Paul Grimstad writes about T. S. Eliot’s reviews of detective fiction.
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Sara's thoughts: Really interesting to see that the controversy about whether or not detective fiction was a "lesser" genre goes way back. #NothingNew #tw

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Bookish Subway Tickets: Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets | @OpenCulture

Bookish Subway Tickets: Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets | @OpenCulture | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

“To celebrate World Book Day last April 23rd,” writes “future-forward online resource” PSFK, “[Brazillian publisher] L&PM gave away 10,000 books for free at subway stations across São Paulo. Each book came with ten free trips.” Riders could then recharge them and use the books again or pass them on to others to encourage more reading, an important public service given that Brazilians only read two books per year on average.


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Luciana Viter, Jim Lerman
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Sara's thoughts: Love this idea! #Multi-tasking. It's a book and a ticket! 

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16 Publishers Showcasing Their Books & Authors on Pinterest

16 Publishers Showcasing Their Books & Authors on Pinterest | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
To give you a sense of how publishers are using Pinterest — and to provide inspiration — we collected 16 examples from publishers’ Pinterest boards.
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Sara's thoughts: Books + #Pinterest? Yes, please. 

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10 Gorgeous Outdoor Reading Nooks

10 Gorgeous Outdoor Reading Nooks | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Beautiful outdoor spaces perfect for reading.
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Unfortunately, I won't be reading outdoors this summer--too humid where I live, but I love looking at these bookish outdoor #reading nooks. :) #tw
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Cartoonist Tom Gauld on 21st-century grammar wars

Cartoonist Tom Gauld on 21st-century grammar wars | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Flying the flag for grammar enthusiasts from all camps, following Rebecca Gowers’ A-Z of horrible words
Via bobbygw
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10 Funny Book Dedications That Actually Got Published

10 Funny Book Dedications That Actually Got Published | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Sometimes, authors get bold, and instead of constructing a "proper" dedication, they write words that are unorthodox, honest and often humorous.
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Loved each one of these creative #book dedications! #tw
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10 Literary Plot Twists That Felt Like April Fools' Tricks via @Bookbub

10 Literary Plot Twists That Felt Like April Fools' Tricks via @Bookbub | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

Some authors must think April Fools’ Day is every single day. The twists and turns they write into their stories are sometimes so wild, they feel like mean tricks! In the spirit of April Fools’ — a day of practical jokes and pranks — we collected a list of some of the best (and simultaneously most infuriating) plot twists in literature.

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Spoilers Galore! You've been warned. 
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Literary-Themed Goodies via @BookRiot

Literary-Themed Goodies via @BookRiot | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Some suggestions for individuals who find themselves in need of more bookish goodness in their homes. Bookify your kitchen! 
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Jane Austen coasters! What else can they Austen-ify? :) 
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Bookish Library signs: 16 Hilarious Signs That Prove Libraries Are the Greatest via @Bookbub

Bookish Library signs: 16 Hilarious Signs That Prove Libraries Are the Greatest via @Bookbub | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

In honor of Library Lovers’ Month, here are 16 libraries that decided to think outside the box and appeal to their book lovers with unique and hilarious signs.

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Love the creativity. Very clever, but we're talking librarians here, so not surprising. :)

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Which are the world's most influential languages?

Which are the world's most influential languages? | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it

Some langauges are spoken by more than others, but does that make them global?


Via Aurora Humarán
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Sara's thoughts: Fascinating look at how #languages are connected...and not connected...plus cool illustrations. :) 

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Estasia Lal's curator insight, February 20, 6:40 PM

It is interesting to think that English actually is he most used language. Of course I always just assumed it was because I am from America and speak English and everyone around me does as well. As I read this article, I was wondering about China, since they do have a bigger population than the United States. And I was wondering where all the Chinese speakers were on these statistics. I was not aware that other countries had their own social networks and Wikipedia's. After reading that, it made much more sense to me. There were hardly any Chinese because they were not on English sites, they were on their own. If the students would have calculated other countries sites with this study, I think their results would have been very different.

This article is from World Economic Forum so I think that it is a reliable source for this topic. Mainly because the article was about the world and the website is about world news.

 

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The Truth about Writing According to Music and Lyrics - Girlfriends Book Club

The Truth about Writing According to Music and Lyrics - Girlfriends Book Club | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Hollywood rarely gets creative/writerly characters and situations right. (Just one case in point is the mom character in Cheaper By The Dozen. A publisher picks up her book and in about two minutes she’s touring and has an Oprah appearance scheduled.) So I was surprised that the movie Music and Lyrics gave several fairly accurate …
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Sara's thoughts:  I love romantic comedies and had a great time writing this post about the romcom "Music and Lyrics" and what it has to say about writing, creativity, and inspiration. 

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Bookish Gifts for Romantics on Valentine's Day via @bookriot

Bookish Gifts for Romantics on Valentine's Day via @bookriot | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Get your Casanova on with these Valentine's Day gifts for every stage of your relationship.
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Fun list! 

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Bookish Valentine’s Day Cards via @Bookriot

Bookish Valentine’s Day Cards via @Bookriot | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
Torn between your love of books and that special someone? Here are 20 Literary Valentine's Day cards.
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74 Ways Characters Die in Shakespeare’s Plays Shown in a Handy Infographic: From Snakebites to Lack of Sleep

74 Ways Characters Die in Shakespeare’s Plays Shown in a Handy Infographic: From Snakebites to Lack of Sleep | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
In the graduate department where I once taught freshmen and sophomores the rudiments of college English, it became common practice  to include Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus on many an Intro to Lit syllabus, along with a viewing of Julie Taymor’s flamboyant film adaptation.
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Sara's thought:  Filing under "Future Book Plot Twists Ideas." I particularly like "pursued by a bear." :) 

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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators | All Things Bookish: All about books, all the time | Scoop.it
The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work

Via Sharon Bakar
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Sara's thoughts:  really interesting article on mindset and how it impacts work.

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Penelope's curator insight, February 3, 8:52 PM

 

There are several theories espoused in this article. One is that procrastinating writers were the best English students. That isn't my problem, since I barely eked out a "C."

 

“Work finally begins,” says Alain de Botton, “when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.”

 

At least we writers know we're in the majority when we head to the refrigerator instead of writing.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/02/why-writers-are-the-worst-procrastinators/283773/

Chris Simon's curator insight, February 4, 4:01 AM

Non, vous n'êtes pas le seul à procrastiner ! ;-)

Helen Teague's curator insight, February 5, 8:15 AM

"Forced into a challenge we're not prepared for, we often engage 'self-handicapping': deliberately doing things that set us up for failure." By

Megan McArdle