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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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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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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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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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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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Illuminating

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone

How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
You can use Google Drive as a public drop box and receive files directly in Drive from anyone. Guests can even upload files to your Drive folder anonymously.

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What Type of Content Should You Create: Long or Short?

What Type of Content Should You Create: Long or Short? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Which form of content should you focus on creating? Should it be long, short, or a mix? If a mix, what's the right ratio? It all depends. Here are the pros and cons of each, plus six critical questions to help you figure out what's right for you.

Via Jeff Domansky
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Or, as my professors & I used to say, "It takes as long as it takes to say; no more, no less."

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How long is a piece of content? Good overview of content length and how to get it right.

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How much is enough?

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Adult Backwash's Place In Sex Blogging History

Adult Backwash's Place In Sex Blogging History | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, the brave Dangerous Lilly started a conversation about the history of sex blogging. Not long after that, GlamKitty (GK) (who did participate in the adult side of BW as a member of The Unholy Trinity) began waxing nostalgic about Backwash.com in general. It was these two conversations (one digital, one real world) which prompted me to get involved in the Backwash Reunion and agreeing to run Dark Wry Toast as a resurrection, of sorts, of Adult Backwash.


While I (impatiently) waited for GK to make her post, so that I wouldn’t have to repeat too much, I thought about the reasons Adult Backwash deserves to be remembered.


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About a now-gone Internet site that did allow adult content on a sister site; lessons about online publishing.

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Ebook, Used Book, or New? The Choice Reflects A Range of Values - Digital Book World

Ebook, Used Book, or New? The Choice Reflects A Range of Values - Digital Book World | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Ebook, Used Book, or New? The Choice Reflects A Range of Values
Digital Book World
The other day I walked past a used bookstore. My eyes fell on a dog-eared paperback of Shelley's Frankenstein.

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The Future of Learning is Stuck in the Past: Why education is less about technology and more about behavior - Brian Solis

The Future of Learning is Stuck in the Past: Why education is less about technology and more about behavior - Brian Solis | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

What I learned reshaped how I assemble and present material, how I write, and how I visually communicate. Furthermore, it inspired me to restyle the UI, design and layout, and the flow to function and look less like a traditional printed book and instead perform with the familiarity of a digital medium in an analog package. For those who have read the book, this explains the square shape and four-color format as it mimics a screen. This work also represents why there’s a navigation bar throughout the book and graphical breaks that are presented with cadence.


In the end, this experience made me rethink everything. If I could take these learnings into a book, could it apply to conventional text books? Could it encourage a new way to teach rather than force students to conform to customary methods? What was clear though is that technology plays a part in all of this but the real story was influenced by behavior…behavior that’s different than the world I know. As tempted as I was to apply these resources to building a killer digital app for the book, it was a lesson to re-examine everything we take for granted today, everything we do simply because it’s the way things have always been done, and more importantly, a lesson in restraint. By restraint, I mean holding back from using technology for the sake of technology and instead take a few steps back to take something ordinary and make it matter in a digital society.

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OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica

OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

When I began writing erotica and non-fiction articles on sexuality I took a pen name for privacy. But it might surprise those of you who do not write to know that one of the biggest reasons was to separate one writing career from another.

Anyone who writes, as a profession or a hobby, knows that over-all perception of erotica authors is poor and no where is this belief held more firmly than within the writing community. "They're not real writers," other they say (or type). It's not just that we dare to write about sex (or even profit from it) but if we write about it, it must be because we "can't really write" and this is our last resort.

Anyone who writes erotica (dirty stories, erotic literature, porn -- whatever you choose to call it) will tell you that writing smut takes extra skill. For not only must you obey all the rules of writing but you must make it arousing too. Just trying to find synonyms for "cock" (without sounding cliched) and "orgasm" (virtually non-existent) is a challenge. But 'the real writers' will giggle and sneer. I've seen the cruelty in writer's groups and online forums firsthand.

Even mainstream editors and publications may reject your work on these very notions, or just from the fear of any association. Even for non-fiction works this happens. Mention you write 'about sex' in any fashion (or have them discover you do so) and you're blackballed. So in order to preserve my professional mainstream writing reputation, I created a pen name upon joining the ranks of smut writers.

You'd think that a group which has experienced such persecution and unfair devaluation would be wiser. But they are not.


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The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse

The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The rarity of spouses like Vladimir Nabokov's, who dedicated her life to supporting his career, may be hindering gender parity in literature.

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We all need a wife.
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A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why.

A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Most journalists don't like chasing traffic -- or at least, they won't admit to it. Is that snobbery, arrogance, or a smart business decision?

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"There's another reason that some journalists don't get obsessed with traffic, and it has nothing to do with snobbery and everything to do with business. It's that they've learned that chasing traffic for the sake of traffic can be a fool's errand." - Dan Lyons


Traffic numbers are only valuable if you use them to make your content as valuable and relevant to your audience as possible. 


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