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Avoiding Double Chins & Other Advice on Launching a Book - Huffington Post (blog)

Avoiding Double Chins & Other Advice on Launching a Book - Huffington Post (blog) | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

What to expect when you're expecting your book? What's going to happen first, and second, and third? For me, as I waited for the launch of my debut novel, I was overwhelmed with how much I had to learn, had never learned, and perhaps could/would/should have learned -- were there an eight-day week into which I could tap...

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The Long Gallery: Country House Architect as Dashing Hero? That Sums up The Steadfast...

The Long Gallery: Country House Architect as Dashing Hero? That Sums up The Steadfast... | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

As I have discussed previously in the "About" section of the site, my study and interest in ancient English building styles and revival-style architecture left me rather empty after the completion of my home in the 1990's. While the work has continued on there over the years (and it still does) I had sought to use the knowledge I had gained in some useful manner, and The Steadfast was the result.

 

While the book is also currently available through Creatspace in a print version, I just finished converting it to a PDF ebook version that is available from Lulu at $3.77. To check out a few sample chapters, head over to http://thesteadfastnovel.blogspot.com ...

 

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Google settles with publishers over digital books

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(Reuters) - Google Inc and a group of publishers have agreed to a settlement over making digital copies of books, capping seven years of litigation involving the search giant's mission to become the world's library. Google and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) said on Thursday that U.S. publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project...

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Design a new cover for Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses – competition - The Guardian

Design a new cover for Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses – competition - The Guardian | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

We're offering one brilliant winner the chance to see their own cover design on Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses and receive 50 (yes, 50!) specially made copies of the book featuring their design. Four runners-up will win copies of the four books in the series, signed and personally dedicated to them by Malorie Blackman. The five winners and the next best five will also be showcased in a gallery on Guardian children's books...

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California Takes a Big Step Forward: Free, Digital, Open-Source Textbooks - The Atlantic

California Takes a Big Step Forward: Free, Digital, Open-Source Textbooks - The Atlantic | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

This week, California took a big step forward in the march toward online education. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a proposal to create a website that will allow students to download digital versions of popular textbooks for free.The new legislation encompasses two bills: One, a proposal for the state to fund 50 open-source digital textbooks, targeted to lower-division courses, which will be produced by California's universities..

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Avoiding Double Chins & Other Advice on Launching a Book - Huffington Post (blog)

Avoiding Double Chins & Other Advice on Launching a Book - Huffington Post (blog) | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

What to expect when you're expecting your book? What's going to happen first, and second, and third? For me, as I waited for the launch of my debut novel, I was overwhelmed with how much I had to learn, had never learned, and perhaps could/would/should have learned -- were there an eight-day week into which I could tap...

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Publishing Perspectives: New Laws May Force Amazon to Close in India

Publishing Perspectives: New Laws May Force Amazon to Close in India | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

LiveMint reports that the Indian government has created new business regulations that have the potential to hit foreign retailers hard. Amazon only launched its Kindle in India last month, but it might be short-lived. The first of the new regulations states that single-brand and multi-brand retailers must, averaged across their first five years in India, acquire at minimum 30% of their supplies from Indian companies. After those first five years, retailers must meet that 30% minimum in all subsequent years...

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High street bookshops must offer e-books, industry chief warns - Telegraph.co.uk

High street bookshops must offer e-books, industry chief warns - Telegraph.co.uk | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.ukHigh street bookshops must offer e-books, industry chief warnsTelegraph.co.ukWriting in The Bookseller magazine, Mr Godfray said he is “deeply concerned” that customers will simply stop using bookshops if they are not at least given...
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Is the Best American Book Festival…in Paris?

Publishing Perspectives :<br/> Is the Best American Book Festival…in Paris? | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Now in its 10th year, Festival America showcases many of the top writers from both North and South America, drawing 30,000 visitors to the outskirts of Paris. (Is the Best American Book Festival…in Paris?
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The insider view on e-books: Emmanuel Benoit tells all | The Frankfurt Book Fair Blog

The insider view on e-books: Emmanuel Benoit tells all | The Frankfurt Book Fair Blog | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
#fbf12, The insider view on e-books: Emmanuel Benoit, President and CEO for Jouve North America tells all : http://t.co/2qtbETLz...
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Everything you need to know about getting into digital comic books

Everything you need to know about getting into digital comic books | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

I have about 16 long boxes filled with comic books that are trapped with in plastic covered sleeves that haven’t been touched in well over five years now. Every time I move, I contemplate selling them off or donating them to an organization that wouldn’t just throw them away. I no longer even use the custom comic book boxes, nor do I protect them in shiny plastic with cardboard backings. I do, however, enjoy reading comics, which is why I’ve never been able to give them up. So, the thought of getting my comic books digitally was very appealing to me...

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YouTube co-founders silently introduce magazine publishing app, Zeen

YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have a new project up their sleeves under their parent company, AVOS. Within the last 24 hours, the duo launched a landing page for their latest project, Zeen. AVOS is responsible for acquiring Delicious from Yahoo, and the founder of a Pinterest clone Chinese content site, mei.fm...

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Amazon aims to wring deep discounts from publishers

Amazon aims to wring deep discounts from publishers | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

McFarland and Amazon have shared a mutually beneficial relationship for more than a decade. A well-regarded source of books on baseball and chess, McFarland helped Amazon fulfill its mission of offering “Earth’s biggest selection.” And Amazon — in contrast to traditional bookstores — listed all of McFarland’s titles, no matter how arcane...

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JK Rowling Just Transformed Book Publishing - Slate Magazine (blog)

JK Rowling Just Transformed Book Publishing - Slate Magazine (blog) | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Harry Potter fans can now get their favorite books in digital format. But not from Amazon or the iTunes bookstore. Instead, the exclusive source of Potter ebooks is J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website where you're able to get them in formats that run on all major e-readers and tablets...

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More Than Art Books, the Books Are the Art - New York Times

More Than Art Books, the Books Are the Art - New York Times | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

THE book artist Maureen Cummins says she deliberately “snares” viewers by luring them toward an image they’re familiar with. Then she surprises them with information that doesn’t necessarily fit their preconceived notions. “It’s an ambush approach — a way of engaging people when you want to explore something difficult,” said Ms. Cummins, 49, of High Falls...

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Robin's Books to close - Philadelphia Inquirer

Robin's Books to close - Philadelphia Inquirer | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

This time, it's final. Robin's Books (established 1936), widely regarded as the city oldest independent bookstore, will close Dec. 31. Forever. No mas. Finis. 

 

That means the vibrant, idiosyncratic, bursting-at-the-intellectual-seams Moonstone Arts Center, housed upstairs with Robin's at 110A S. 13th St., is looking for a new home. Someplace. Location, if any, undecided...

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One-stop website is the latest twist in story of e-books - Bend Bulletin

One-stop website is the latest twist in story of e-books - Bend Bulletin | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

With physical books being overtaken in the marketplace by their digital counterparts, dozens of companies are scrambling to secure their share of attention — and revenue — in the lucrative e-book market. Much of the battle is being waged by retailers with competing e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Another corner of the playing field is curation, the process of recommending books; online booksellers are finding their turf encroached upon by non-retailers such as Goodreads. Then there’s the parallel world of book-related discussion on Face-book, Twitter and other social-networking sites...

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How Will Your Book Get Discovered in The Roiling Sea of Digital Publishing?

How Will Your Book Get Discovered in The Roiling Sea of Digital Publishing? | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Ah yes, this is the question of 2012 for authors (and traditional publishers, for that matter). Last year the question was, Should I self-publish? That question has been answered with, Only if you want an additional stream of income and a growing platform.Of course, we now have self-pubbing authors jumping on board in numbers approaching the population of China. So everyone wants to know how the heck you get anyone to know you’re out there in this massive, churning, ever-expanding bedlam...

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Disruptions: Your Brain on E-Books and Smartphone Apps

Disruptions: Your Brain on E-Books and Smartphone Apps | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Last week, my brain played a cruel trick on me. While waiting for my flight to take off, I was reading The New Yorker, the paper version, of course — I know the rules. I became engrossed in an article and swiped my finger down the glossy page to read more. To my surprise, nothing happened. I swiped it again. Nothing. My brain was trying to turn the page the same way I do on my iPad, with the swipe of a finger. (I quickly realized that I had to physically turn the page.)

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More Change Coming to Publishing - The Passive Voice

More Change Coming  to Publishing - The Passive Voice | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Speakers on a panel of industry leaders at Friday’s annual meeting of the Book Industry Study Group agreed that the publishing industry is in for much more change. “I expect there to be more dramatic, disruptive change ahead,” said Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah. Tom Turvey, director of strategic partnerships for Google, said he believes the industry “is not close to what it will look like five years from now.”

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Indie Book Publishers: How Do You Use Your Website? — The Book Designer

Indie Book Publishers: How Do You Use Your Website? — The Book Designer | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Indie Book Publishers: How Do You Use Your Website? Article explores answers to a questionnaire from the IBPA Independent editor Judith Applebaum (Indie Book Publishers: How Do You Use Your Website?
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Critics Attack France’s Annual Rentrée Littéraire as “Collective Suicide”

Publishing Perspectives :<br/> Critics Attack France’s Annual Rentrée Littéraire as “Collective Suicide” | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
France's annual orgy of new fiction, the rentrée littéraire, or literary season, is underway, but some in publishing think it's doing more harm than good.
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New Pew Research says one-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books

New Pew Research says one-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

One-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books. April 8, 2012 – 1:00 am; Posted in E-books aren’t just becoming increasingly popular. They also appear to be promoting reading habits among American adults. So says new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which states that about one-fifth of U.S. adults have read an e-book in the past year. And if you expand that to include Americans over 16 who have used an e-reader device or app to read news articles or magazine-style features, the figure jumps to 43%...

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Audiobooks: Are they really the same as reading? - Chicago Tribune

Audiobooks: Are they really the same as reading? - Chicago Tribune | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
It was Ron Silver.

That voice, with its slight rasp and its tendency to drop at the end of a passage, as though the actor cradled disappointment tightly against his chest, startled me. It was 2006; I had been a regular recorded books listener for three years. But until I heard the late Ron Silver's incarnation as the Nathan Zuckerman of my imagination, I failed to realize that recorded books were more than some guy reading...

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Toss Up: e-book readers compared - Brisbane Times

Toss Up: e-book readers compared - Brisbane Times | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

If you're looking at e-book readers, the Kobo and Amazon's Kindle are the pick of the bunch. The advantage of a dedicated e-book reader over a smartphone or tablet is that it's easier on the eyes and offers a much longer battery life. This is because e-book readers use e-Ink rather than a backlit screen. Most e-book readers don't feature a colour screen, so they're fine for reading novels but not so great for magazines...

 

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Publishing in the Digital Age | The Passive Voice

Publishing in the Digital Age | The Passive Voice | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
During a keynote address at last week's Publishing Business Conference & Expo, held in New York City, Marcus Leaver, the outgoing president of Sterling Publishing, offered what he described as some “common-sense ...
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The Independent Publishing Magazine: FastPencil Next Up To Open ...

The Independent Publishing Magazine: FastPencil Next Up To Open ... | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
FastPencil today announced that it is opening up its proprietary, exclusive and highly lauded next-generation publishing platform to authors, publishers and enterprises, enabling them to write, design, publish and sell books in ...
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