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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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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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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 24, 2014 4:04 PM

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

Pete Gentzler's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:37 PM

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. 


A great article!

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Intelligent Content: Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself

Intelligent Content: Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Though tablets and ebook readers are now mainstream, the revolution in the way they display content – and how that content will be generated dynamically – is yet to come.

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One note from the article regarding content curation:


Curation will guide content

Some argue that readers no longer want curated content, however we believe people always have and always will look to trusted sources for guidance, and that’s where books and magazines will continue to add value.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, April 10, 2013 10:45 AM

..the revolution in the way tablets and ebook readers display content ....

jspellos's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:45 PM

The content curation movement keeps growing.

Cees Franke's curator insight, April 11, 2013 3:29 AM

Het algoritme wordt (en is het soms al enigszins)  de nieuwe curator ...

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What’s Next for Native Ads?

What’s Next for Native Ads? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Native advertising is flourishing across social media, content portals, news properties, video-sharing sites and streaming services. Increased mobile use of these venues has fueled much of the growth, since native ads work best in the content streams that people tend to access on smartphones and tablets, according to a new eMarketer report, “Native Advertising: Difficult to Define, but Definitely Growing.”

Perceptions about what constitutes native advertising are as varied as the ads themselves and the places where they appear. There’s still disagreement over basic terminology such as “native advertising,” “sponsored content” and “branded content.” Some make distinctions among those terms, while others use them interchangeably.

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I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 23, 2014 7:32 PM

I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 23, 2014 7:34 PM

I find properly crediting as "sponsored content" the most ethical, but many advertisers do not like that for fear that readers will see it for what it is, advertising.

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4 Side Jobs to Pad Your Paycheck

4 Side Jobs to Pad Your Paycheck | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
These four side jobs can help provide supplemental income.

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I find it is odd that freelance writing is the first one listed... It is not easy to get paid for writing. ...Then again, this is to pad your paycheck, not to make a living. However, paid writing works is not plentiful; there are more writers than paying gigs.


This also goes for #4 on the list.

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Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, March 23, 2014 5:50 PM

1st of the four is "Freelance Writing"

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The Old Advertising Mantra

The Old Advertising Mantra | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Magazine Advertising
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Social media might replace résumés - Scranton Times-Tribune

Social media might replace résumés - Scranton Times-Tribune | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Scranton Times-Tribune
Social media might replace résumés
Scranton Times-Tribune
DALLAS TWP. - Résumés may be obsolete in five to 10 years, and knowing how to use professional online networking sites such as LinkedIn could be the future.

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For many writers, this "future" has been here for quite awhile. ;) Even if we don't use LinkedIn, we, like many in the visual arts, have online portfolios or clips.

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Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot

Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
If boys won’t read books with girl protagonists, the solution is not to create more explicitly “boy” books, the solution is to delve deeply into “why,” says Soraya Chemaly. Last week, The Independent announced it would no longer review books that were specifically marketed to either boys or girls. As they put it, “Gender-specific books demean all …

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Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else

Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

"When we talk about gender imbalance in the media, it’s not just about women being generally underrepresented compared to men–it’s also about what topics they’re covering. Are women’s voices present in the media conversations around the full range of important issue areas of the day, or are they still siloed into certain traditionally feminine spheres? Welp, take a look at today’s depressing chart brought to you by Foreign Policy using data from The Op-Ed Project."


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U.S. news readers less engaged when referred by Facebook - study | Reuters

U.S. news readers less engaged when referred by Facebook - study | Reuters | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Readers of some of the top U.S. news sites are more engaged when they go directly to the website rather than throughFacebook, according to a study from the Pew Research Center released on Monday.


The research found that users who come directly to a news site spend about three times as long per visit, or almost five minutes on average. Those who find the news by searching or throughFacebook spend about two minutes.

 

Direct visitors also view about five times as many pages per month as those coming through Facebook referrals or through search engines such as Google Inc.

 

The study is revealing because increasingly news organizations are relying on social media platforms to distribute content especially to reach younger readers.

 


Via Russ Merz, Ph.D.
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This is not surprising to anyone who watches their own stats. Social media sites like Facebook consist of members who are more inclined to look at photos and "click" like without even reading text, let alone clicking a link and really reading the article.

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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 13, 2014 5:01 PM

Readership quality (time on site and number of page views = #engagement) varies by source attribution, is this surprising? Somewhat akin to the readership differences of subscribers versus browsers at a news stand.

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Common point between BuzzFeed and Time magazine? Both started as a news clipping service.

Common point between BuzzFeed and Time magazine? Both started as a news clipping service. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
BuzzFeed co-founder Jonah Peretti wrote a kind of open letter to his employees recently, in which he compared the rapidly growing viral-content empire to Time magazine.

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, March 11, 2014 12:55 PM

Quoting from this letter: "Time began as a clipping service in a small office. A group of writers subscribed to a dozen newspapers and summarized the most important stories, rewriting the news in a more digestible format. BuzzFeed also started as a clipping service in a small office seven years ago. Instead of subscribing to newspapers, we surfed the web.”"


Interesting read showing how great content curation was the starting point in both stories.

Elliot Walker's curator insight, March 27, 2014 6:17 AM

Interesting point made here about content curation, with BuzzFeed comparing itself to Time magazine as they both started as a news clipping service. Which leads to the question: is there any truly unique content in the online news space?

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George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books?

George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
To many book professionals, Amazon is a ruthless predator; recently, the company has even started publishing books. A monopoly is dangerous because it concentrates so much economic power, but in the book business the prospect is especially worrisome: it would give Amazon more control over the exchange of ideas than any company in U.S. history.
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A must read.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 8, 2014 10:18 PM

Required reading.

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Politician tries to censor ‘nude’ children’s book, booksellers strip in protest

Politician tries to censor ‘nude’ children’s book, booksellers strip in protest | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
You could say they laid bare their concerns.

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The original work-from-home...

The original work-from-home... | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Before blogging… The original work-from-home writer.
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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
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Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
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Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
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).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
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