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Forget Searching For Content - Content Is About To Start Searching For You

Forget Searching For Content - Content Is About To Start Searching For You | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
In the near future of search, you won't be looking for Internet content anymore - it will be looking for you.

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Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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50 Book Awards Open to Self-publishers

50 Book Awards Open to Self-publishers | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Being an award-winning author will help you reach more readers and sell more self-published books. James Minter lists 50 awards that welcome indie authors.


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The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon - Huffington Post

The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon - Huffington Post | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
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The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon
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Many clauses that are imposed on authors throughout the industry today bear no relationship to any economic reality other than the best interests of the publisher.

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9-Year-Old's 'Little Free Library' Shut Down By City

9-Year-Old's 'Little Free Library' Shut Down By City | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
A 9-year-old Kansas boy is fighting for his right to operate a tiny library from his front yard after city officials deemed it an illegal structure.

Spencer Collins built his "Little Free Library" -- one of 15,000 “take a book, lea...
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What does Amazon want from Hachette? Pretty much everything. » MobyLives

What does Amazon want from Hachette? Pretty much everything.  » MobyLives | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Amazon and Hachette have been squaring off for months now, but with neither company saying much to the press, the details of their dispute have been difficult to discern.

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Newsrooms School Teachers on What Students Should Learn | Mediashift | PBS

Newsrooms School Teachers on What Students Should Learn | Mediashift | PBS | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Journalism changes at a rapid speed, and universities struggle to keep pace. The system for updating curricula is often so bureaucracy-laden that by the time a new journalism tool or skill makes it into the classroom, the next big thing has already been trending on Twitter for months.
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Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk

Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Can anyone be a data journalist? Simon Rogers on what we can learn from a 1977 diagram
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In the Amazon/Hachette Fight, Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble Could Be Winners - Motley Fool

In the Amazon/Hachette Fight, Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble Could Be Winners - Motley Fool | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
In the Amazon/Hachette Fight, Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble Could Be Winners Motley Fool Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT ) and Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS ) have moved quickly to attempt to capitalize on a dispute between Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) and publisher...

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Winning at Monopoly (i.e. Amazon in the Book Industry)

Winning at Monopoly (i.e. Amazon in the Book Industry) | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

A similar game is being played in the book industry today, as it has been played in many other industries. Here at BEA, I’m hearing a lot about monopolies. (And monopsonies, for those who prefer to quibble semantically rather than understand what is meant and forge ahead in productive conversation.) Practically everyone here at the book expo believes that Amazon has gotten too big, that they wield a disproportionate amount of power, and that they must be reigned in or defeated.


I am told, without exaggeration and in all seriousness, that Amazon wants to “crush their competition.” I hear that they want to “put everyone else out of business.” Two things are true, both of which make these statements ridiculous

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Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems

Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Vice Media is one of the hottest media properties in America. It's the counterculture empire that even Rupert Murdoch could love. Vice's founder, Shane Smith, has speculated his company could raise tens of billions of dollars. So why are its employees so broke and pissed off?
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Gender at the NY Times: The Most Comprehensive Analysis Ever

Gender at the NY Times: The Most Comprehensive Analysis Ever | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

In this post I present the most comprehensive analysis ever reported of the gender of New York Times writers (I think), with a sample of almost 30,000 articles.

This subject has been in the news, with a good piece the other day by Liza Mundy — in the New York Times — who wrote on the media’s Woman Problem, prompted by the latest report from the Women’s Media Center. The WMC checked newspapers’ female byline representation from the last quarter of 2013, and found levels ranging from a low of 31% female at the NYT to a high of 46% at the Chicago Sun-Times. That’s a broad study that covers a lot of other media, and worth reading. But we can go deeper on the NYTimes, thanks to the awesome data collecting powers of my colleague Neal Caren.

Here are the results based on 21,440 articles published online from October 23, 2013 to February 25, 2014.

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1/3 of the articles are written by women (not half), and there are other reasons to be concerned.

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The Last Day at Giovanni's Room, America's Oldest Gay Bookstore

The Last Day at Giovanni's Room, America's Oldest Gay Bookstore | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Across the street from Philadelphia bookstore Giovanni's Room two men kiss. Double-decker tour buses pass by the shop's location on the corner of 12th and Pine Street. A poster to re-elect Brian Sims, Pennsylvania's first openly gay state legislator, looks out from the store window. Giovanni's Room takes up two floors of a house built in 1820, just a few blocks down from Pennsylvania Hospital, and, as of May 17th, it closed, probably for good.


Holding hands, a straight couple stops near the store's outside wall to read a Blue Historical Marker citing Giovanni's Room as a "refuge" for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Founded in 1973, the shop is known as the oldest gay bookstore in America. On its final day, just weeks before a federal court struck down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban, the front door was adorned with a different kind of marker, this one announcing, "50% off everything – this is our last day. Thanks for all the years of love and support, XOXO Giovanni's Room."


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Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through!

Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through! | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
I quit Amazon because of its monopolistic tactics. Is it impossible for book publishers to do the same?

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The Indie Author Manifesto

The Indie Author Manifesto | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Cool infographic of my INDIE AUTHOR MANIFESTO. Infographic design courtesy of @[674725789:2048:Derek Murphy]

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Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report

Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Hugh Howey says his study, based on calculation of Amazon sales, shows 'real progress' for authors who have chosen to go it alone (Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report http://t.co/FD9l6g9slG)...

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The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet

The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The debate as to whether the Internet is good or bad for literature doesn't seem any closer to resolution now than when it began, years ago, but the fact remains that some people in the literary wo...


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Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point? | Digital Book World

Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point? | Digital Book World | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The Amazon-Hachette feud has been on going for over a month. Everyone has an opinion. Most of the press and book industry pundits take Hachette’s side; even

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Are Digital Distractions Monopolizing Reading Time? : Publishing Perspectives

Are Digital Distractions Monopolizing Reading Time? : Publishing Perspectives | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Books do furnish a room, but according to many in the publishing industry, the fear is that emails, online video texts and tweets will prevent them being read.

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Could Sellers Benefit from the Amazon - Hachette Standoff?

Could Sellers Benefit from the Amazon - Hachette Standoff? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
You've probably heard about the battle between Amazon.com and Hachette; it's been all over the media, and ...
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Breaks down the situation as well as presents the realities.

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Panic vs reality, and potential opportunity.

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A Little Perspective on Amazon's Book Business

A Little Perspective on Amazon's Book Business | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
What would happen to Amazon's revenues if its whole book business disappeared?

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A n (Unintended) Conversation About Amazon & The Book Industry

A n (Unintended) Conversation About Amazon & The Book Industry | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
no-appy-polly-loggies asked: (( hey! so you just rebloged my post about globes - awesome! i'm glad you did! but you also added a link to amazon as a way to promote the purchase of the book. while i'm...
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it can be hard to follow conversations on Tumblr, so the conversation starts here: http://fair-oaks-antiques.tumblr.com/post/87720548729/hey-so-you-just-rebloged-my-post-about-globes


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It can be hard to follow conversations on Tumblr, so the conversation starts here: http://fair-oaks-antiques.tumblr.com/post/87720548729/hey-so-you-just-rebloged-my-post-about-globes


Does Amazon offend you? Do the stories affect your book and other purchases?

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Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To James Risen

Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To James Risen | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid Monday to get the Supreme Court to clarify whether journalists have a right to protect their confidential sources.
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Hashtag Activism and the Lie of 'Solidarity'

Hashtag Activism and the Lie of 'Solidarity' | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as "toxic" and a "poisonous well." But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.
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Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women?

Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
We sift through nearly 5 years of deal reports to find out whether women receive lower book advances than men. The answer may surprise you.
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10 Non-icky Ways to Make Money Blogging

10 Non-icky Ways to Make Money Blogging | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
If you want to make money blogging, there are 10 ways to do so that you may want to consider. P.S. These are the non-sleazy ways to make a living online.

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Not much that's earth-shattering here, really; but a good starting place. And the message about having permission to earn is a good one.

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Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Publishing A Book - Forbes

Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Publishing A Book - Forbes | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Publishing A Book Forbes In celebration of the publication of my new book, Power Cues, let's compare the state of the industry in 2003, when my first book, Give Your Speech, Change the World, was...

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