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Get Ready, Get Set, Go Publish That Novel - The Book Designer

Get Ready, Get Set, Go Publish That Novel - The Book Designer | book publishing | Scoop.it
You've finished writing a novel and you’re anxious to get it published. But, did you know you can refine your manuscript before it goes to your editor?
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Gigaom | Four Questions For: Joseph Steinberg

You have written that there is no effective law enforcement to counter or punish cybersecurity attackers and hackers. How do you envision this changin
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Rosarium's Faces of Diverse Publishing: 'Just Get Out of Our Way'

Rosarium's Faces of Diverse Publishing: 'Just Get Out of Our Way' | book publishing | Scoop.it
As Rosarium publisher Bill Campbell adds South African author Nikhil Singh to his list, he talks about how multicultural books are sold today.
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The Competition for Reading vs Watching

The Competition for Reading vs Watching | book publishing | Scoop.it
Do you feel like you’d rather read or watch a story? Now that Netflix and
Amazon Prime are apps on your phone, you might feel conflicted when waiting
at the doctor’s office, at the auto repair shop, or anyplace else you find
yourself with time to occupy not doing productive things. And in those rare
cases (ha ha) you might be wondering if you should open your Kindle app or
one of said streaming services. There’s no right answer here. Stories are
stories. You’ll exercise your brain by reading, but you’ll also be
entertained and enriched by the hard work of good actors and directors,
special effects crews, and evocative camera angles. Your own brain can
actually create a good number of these special effects and angles when you
read, assuming you do it enough.

A good number of years ago I was talking with someone who told me that when
he read books he just saw the words and nothing they really pointed to.
Which meant to me that he wasn’t really reading, just acknowledging the
words on the page and doing nothing with them. The more we intend to
understand what it is that we’re reading, the more we can (potentially)
glean from the author’s intention. And the more we end up exercising our
brains, our imaginations, and opening up to a world that wasn’t in front of
us previously. Some books I’ve read have given me something so panoramic
and detailed and enchanting that it can never really be captured on screen.
Case in point: Harry Potter series. The movies were decent adaptations to
the world created, but they were far less than the reach of my imagination.
I’m certain it’s like that for those of you who are readers too.

I chose HP because that is a pretty popular and common pointer. I can
certainly use many others. Jurassic Park by the late and great Michael
Crichton is another example, but so was his brilliant masterpiece Sphere (I
know not everyone agrees about his works). Or how about Orson Scott Card’s
inimitable Ender’s Game. I loved the movie, don’t get me wrong, but it
can’t reach the depth of articulation brought fully to life by Orson’s use
of description and dialogue. Though I admit that some of the special
effects in the movie version were really well done, and I enjoyed the
acting too!

There’s something else about reading that you don’t get with watching.
Time. With watching movies or television series (there are a lot of amazing
original series by Netflix, Stranger Things, The O.A. and Travelers spring
to mind) you only have a season (or maybe a complete season, like with the
unique and totally awesome Fringe) or three available at a time in many
cases. You get a lot, but you get so much more from actual books. You, in
the words of my astute wife, develop a relationship with the book you’re
reading.

Yes, there’s a lot to read out there, and so little time. This comes back
to the favor of watching. With watching, when you have limited time to
‘veg’ out, it’s a no brainer. You click on your preferred story and let her
rip. Then there’s also something to be said for the acting, those people
put forth incredible performances for our viewing joy, and we get to watch
it for very little effort. A writer on the other hand must produce all
aspects of his or her work and portray faithfully the full range and action
of his character crew. Not only that, the writer must be set director, as
well as story arch, character arch monitor and creator, and everything
else. When it’s done well, it competes very mightily with the viewed world.
I also know a good number of people who would rather curl up with a great
book any day (even if it is on their kindle and not physically a book in
their hand) than watch a TV show or movie on their phone when waiting for
_____.

I leave this as an open ended idea for you to play with. What’s better?
Which one wins? Well, neither one, or both, and it entirely depends on what
you prefer at any given moment, I’m sure. I know that a lot of my fellow
indie author friends worry constantly about sales of their books and
whether they can possibly compete with streaming media services (oh gosh, I
forgot sites like Hulu, oh well) or other well-written books. In my mind
there’s room for both activities, and depending on anyone’s given mood it
will determine which platform of consumption wins out at any given time.

What do you think is best? Watching a story or reading and using your
imagination to go into deeper areas with a story?
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Amazon Disguises Kindle Unlimited Recruiting Push as Writing Contest | The Digital Reader

Amazon Disguises Kindle Unlimited Recruiting Push as Writing Contest | The Digital Reader | book publishing | Scoop.it
In June 2015 Amazon launched a writing contest in Germany called Kindle Storyteller where authors who uploaded a novella to KDP could win a prize. Now the retailer has announced a similar contest in the UK - only this time Amazon has an ulterior motive. The Bookseller reports: The Kindle Storyteller Award will be given to an English language title published through KDP between 20th February and 19th May this year. Amazon said readers will play a hand in selecting the shortlist, compiled using “a number of factors which measure customer interest in the titles” along with a panel of judges made of up Amazon executives and literary figures. Along with being awarded a £20,000 cash prize at a central London ceremony in July, the winning author will be given a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk and the opportunity to have it translated for international sales. “Great books deserve to be celebrated and that’s what we want to do with the Kindle Storyteller competition,” said Alessio Santarelli, EU Kindle Content Director, Amazon. “We hope to encourage aspiring authors and those who have already been published, to get writing and make their new stories available to readers across the [...]
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NISO Report: Understanding MetaData

NISO Report: Understanding MetaData | book publishing | Scoop.it
Here I offer my opinion, analysis, annual predictions and news stories about the academic, scholarly and professional publishing industry.
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The 79 books Barack Obama recommended during his Presidency

The 79 books Barack Obama recommended during his Presidency | book publishing | Scoop.it
Throughout his time in the White Office, President Barack Obama has recommended hundreds of books.  For the last two years, for instance, Obama has shared with the world his recommended summer reading, leading to bookstores selling out of his chosen novels across America. With the Democrat leaving the Oval Office within the week, we look back at some of the books Obama recommended over the last eight years.
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Colombia's Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias Opens This Week

Colombia's Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias Opens This Week | book publishing | Scoop.it
The coming festival weekend in Colombia features music and visual art alongside literary events and debates in international current and political affairs.
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Technology vs. the Middle Class

Technology vs. the Middle Class | book publishing | Scoop.it
Keywords: The ‘fourth industrial revolution,’ marked by rapid innovation in automation, artificial intelligence and other areas, will cause income inequality. But tech can also solve it, writes Christopher Mims.
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Europeans Cheer Move Toward Flexible VAT for E-books

Europeans Cheer Move Toward Flexible VAT for E-books | book publishing | Scoop.it
A proposal to allow European Union countries to offer reduced tax on e-books will be voted on in 2017 and has broad support of publishers and booksellers.
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Local independent bookstore owners find success with author events, personal touch

Local independent bookstore owners find success with author events, personal touch | book publishing | Scoop.it
While Michigan ranked 42nd in terms of the number of bookstores per capita in a 2012 study, independent bookstores are finding a niche with readers.
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Audiobooks Turn Up The Sales Volume

Audiobooks Turn Up The Sales Volume | book publishing | Scoop.it
Can you hear that? It’s in the background everywhere you go in the book world, and it’s growing louder. The sound comes from audiobooks, the fastest growing
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Preparing for the Inevitable Kobo-Nook Deal | The Digital Reader

Preparing for the Inevitable Kobo-Nook Deal | The Digital Reader | book publishing | Scoop.it
Here's a scenario which I briefly considered using for a 1 April prank before I realized that it was to plausible and too depressing to make for a good joke. I am referring to what is now all but inevitable: the deal where Kobo takes over the Nook platform and either runs it for Barnes & Noble, or simply acquires the Nook customer list  so that B&N can shut down its ebook division. Launched in the summer of 2009, the Nook division reached its peak three years later before imploding during the 2012 holiday season. It began a downward spiral which has not stopped to this day, leading us to the point where the Nook Store was generating less revenue for publishers and authors than Kindle Unlimited. (The latter paid out $154.8 million in B&N's FY2016. ) B&N responded to the decline by reducing staff and outsourcing everything they could. Nook operations were outsourced to an Indian company, the last Nook ereader was licensed from Netronix, and Nook Android tablets come from Samsung and a Chinese OEM. B&N's Nook losses continue, so at this point their only option left is to either one, sell the customer accounts; or two, let another company [...]
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How Authors and Publishers Can Increase Book Discovery - DBW

How Authors and Publishers Can Increase Book Discovery - DBW | book publishing | Scoop.it
Chris Sim, founder and CEO of Kadaxis, spoke at Digital Book World about how indie authors and publishers can better use keywords to increase book sales.
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Barnes & Noble Goes All In on LEGO Batman

Barnes & Noble Goes All In on LEGO Batman | book publishing | Scoop.it
In order to survive, Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) needs to become more than just a bookstore -- and be seen that way by consumers. The company has embraced that idea by moving aggressively into the specialty toy space and by courting the maker community.
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Infographic: What Does Your Handwriting Say About Your Personality? | The Digital Reader

Infographic: What Does Your Handwriting Say About Your Personality? | The Digital Reader | book publishing | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what your handwriting says about your personality? Independent and impartial studies have shown that more than 5,000 personality traits can be identified in a person's handwriting. Long crosses on 't's are supposed to suggest someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn. Short crosses indicate the writer is lazy. Slashes used in the place of dots are said to mean the writer doesn't have patience for inadequacy or are overly self-critical, that writer also tends to be annoyed by people who don't learn from their mistakes.   The following infographic shares a number of traits you might find in your handwriting; do you think they're accurate? Check These Out!
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Facebook Journalism Project is Nothing But A Much-Needed PR stunt

Facebook Journalism Project is Nothing But A Much-Needed PR stunt | book publishing | Scoop.it
Facebook recently made two significant announcements related to its news media posture. The first one came on January 6th with the hiring of Campbell Brown, a former NBC and CNN anchor, as a news…
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How Publishers Can Increase Their Mobile Advantage - DBW

How Publishers Can Increase Their Mobile Advantage - DBW | book publishing | Scoop.it
Before the digital age, information consumption via mobile devices was considered an optional trend among print content creators and publishers.
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South Africa's Exclusive Books Customers Move to Canada's Kobo

South Africa's Exclusive Books Customers Move to Canada's Kobo | book publishing | Scoop.it
In another deal that expands its international reach, Canada's Kobo is taking on the ebook customers of South African bookseller Exclusive Books.
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Washington, D.C. Booksellers Bring Together Women's March Participants

Washington, D.C. Booksellers Bring Together Women's March Participants | book publishing | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. booksellers took full advantage of the Inauguration and Women's March held the day after by hosting party, panels, and poetry readings that drew crowds.
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Diversity in the Open Access Movement, Part 2: Differing Goals - The Scholarly Kitchen

Diversity in the Open Access Movement, Part 2: Differing Goals - The Scholarly Kitchen | book publishing | Scoop.it
What (if anything) should be done about the fact that different OA advocates and organizations are working towards mutually-incompatible goals?
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The Book as the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

The Book as the Most Powerful Object of Our Time | book publishing | Scoop.it
Online Writers Workshop, Online Monthly Classes taught by published authors and industry professionals and Robust Literature Magazine with Columns, Interviews, Reviews and more.
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2 Tactics to Help Authors and Publishers Work More Productively - DBW

2 Tactics to Help Authors and Publishers Work More Productively - DBW | book publishing | Scoop.it
Chris Bailey, author of The Productivity Project, spoke at Digital Book World 2017 about how the publishing industry can work more productively.
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Research Article: “Worth the Wait? Using Past Patterns to Determine Wait Periods for E-Books Released After Print” (Preprint)

Research Article: “Worth the Wait? Using Past Patterns to Determine Wait Periods for E-Books Released After Print” (Preprint) | book publishing | Scoop.it
The following accepted for publication preprint is scheduled for publication in the January 2018 issue of C&RL (College and Research Libraries). Title Worth the Wait? Using Past Patterns to Determine Wait Periods for E-Books Released After Print Author Karen Kohn Temple University Sourc
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An Inside Look at a Micro-Publisher - Digital Book World

An Inside Look at a Micro-Publisher - Digital Book World | book publishing | Scoop.it
A micro-publisher is a professional publishing organization that brings together a flexible workforce to produce a small number of highly targeted books.
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