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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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How Has Twitter Changed the Role of the Literary Critic?

How Has Twitter Changed the Role of the Literary Critic? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Adam Kirsch and Anna Holmes discuss social media’s effect on criticism. (RT @TwitterBooks: "How has Twitter changed the role of the literary critic?

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Content Marketing & Curation Becoming Important For B2C and B2B Says New Content Marketing Institute Study

Content Marketing & Curation Becoming Important For B2C and B2B Says New Content Marketing Institute Study | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
MarketingProfs and the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) have followed up their study of B2B content marketing trends with research into the emerging trends in the B2C

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I'm still not convinced that curation is all that new or different than blogging or other online publishing activities. (Blogging is not dead.) Nor am I convinced it is the most important thing you can do in terms of marketing. (And just because "everyone is doing it" doesn't sway me either; like momma always said about if so & so jumped off a bridge...) But I don't think curation can be overlooked much longer. Curation needs to be evaluated for several major factors:


a) can it fit within your scope (Do you have the time & skill set? Can you do this in house or should you hire?)


b) purpose (to maintain existing clients/customers, to reach new ones?)


b) where would it fit? (Not all curation sites are the same; some are more suitable for products, brands, B2B or B2C reach, demographics, etc.)

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:00 PM

I'm still not convinced that curation is all that new or different than blogging or other online publishing activities. (Blogging is not dead.) Nor am I convinced it is the most important thing you can do in terms of marketing. (And just because "everyone is doing it" doesn't sway me either; like momma always said about if so & so jumped off a bridge...) But I don't think curation can be overlooked much longer. Curation needs to be evaluated for several major factors:


a) can it fit within your scope (Do you have the time & skill set? Can you do this in house or should you hire?)


b) purpose (to maintain existing clients/customers, to reach new ones?)


b) where would it fit? (Not all curation sites are the same; some are more suitable for products, brands, B2B or B2C reach, demographics, etc.)

Alessandro Rea's curator insight, October 17, 2013 5:28 AM

While B2B marketers are beginning to adopt B2C best practices when it comes to e-commerce, B2B marketers have traditionally invested more of their budgets into content marketing than their B2C counterparts, making it interesting to see how both sides measure up in this rapidly-growing area. There are many more similarities than one might expect.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:21 AM

Content Marketing & Curation Becoming Important For B2C and B2B Says New Content Marketing Institute Study

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I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children.

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like – the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian ‘improving’ literature – you’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant.


Neil Gaiman on writing for children, echoing Maurice Sendak – a comment especially apt on the anniversary of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, which received a great deal of criticism for presenting young readers with the “inappropriate” subject of death.


Pair with Gaiman’s advice to aspiring writers, his 8 rules of writing, and his wisdom on the creative life.

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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study


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Robin Good  of Content Curation World breaks the findings down thus:


a) what people curate as relevant is not generally among the top ranked results according to popular metrics. Good stuff is not the same as what is considered normally popular or authoritative stuff.


b) content curation allows a community to synchronize around specific issues and subjects (as anticipated by Clay Shirky)


c) better and more appreciated curation is of the "structured" kind, providing additional info, meta-data and categorization.


d) curators that are highly appreciated are characterized by consistent activity and by a variety of interests (or viewpoints under the same theme) that they are capable to cover.


This is rather my experience; however, I usually explain it to my clients this way:


a) You can be doing an excellent job, but never receive the recognition, popularity, or traffic you deserve.That doesn't mean you won't be appreciated greatly by the smaller group of people who do find/read your curated works.


b) No matter the popularity of your curation, you can build and have conversations -- but remember, community cultivation not only requires additional time, but a different skill set.


c) If you're going to do it, do it well. Use tools, such as labels and tags, and *always* provide context as well as proper credits and links.


d) Consistent activity is nearly as important as showing some personality along with your knowledge. Your topic may be narrowly focused, but offer additional topics and information about you personally (not just professionally) so that people get a sense of you.


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Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study 

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The Racism Filter (Or, Reading Between Race Lines by Skimming Lines)

The Racism Filter (Or, Reading Between Race Lines by Skimming Lines) | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

You need to keep scrolling, reading; because if you don’t, your lack of attention is as bad as the lack of context. And then “Well done Tumblr. You posted a picture without context and made two of the nicest people look like complete monsters.” becomes “Well done lazy reader. You now think two of the nicest people look like complete monsters.”

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What can happen when you are a sloppy writer/publisher, when you are a lazy reader.

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What can happen when you are a sloppy writer/publisher, when you are a lazy reader.

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1,661 pulp novels as free e-books

1,661 pulp novels as free e-books | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

I don't remember how I found out about Munseys. It's a website with links to thousands of out-of-print books, with over 1,500 pulp era novels. (RT @BoingBoing: This cool website offers more than 1500 pulp era novels as free e-books.


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Catharine Bramkamp's curator insight, October 9, 2013 6:38 PM

These aren't necessarily detective stories, but my mother remembers mentioning   detective novels as a literary genre in her Stanford 1955 English class, and was completely shut down.  Now there is a whole class at the university devoted to the dective novel.  She feels vindicated.  You never know the jewels you may find in the past!

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The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum

The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:09 PM

Makes sense to me.

Julie Groom's curator insight, October 23, 2013 4:48 AM

Curating - how to manage it. And curation experts already exist - they're called Librarians!

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 12:29 PM
The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum
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Gay titles accused over distribution

Gay titles accused over distribution | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

AN Office of Fair Trading investigation has been launched into allegations that two of Australia's largest gay street press publishers, Sydney-based Evolution Publishing and Brisbane's QNews, had misled advertisers by inflating their distribution numbers by as much as 300 per cent.


In one case, Evolution claimed its fortnightly title Queensland Pride was distributing 15,740 copies per issue at the end of last year when only 4970 copies were going out, according to information provided to the OFT in Queensland.


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If you think you can freely use anything you find on the Internet, check out this infographic

If you think you can freely use anything you find on the Internet, check out this infographic | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Every month or so, I find myself having to educate people on copyright infringement.  It seems that some bloggers still don't understand that the Internet follows the same rules as the offline worl...

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:17 AM

This great infographic busts all the major myths about copyright. I have to deal with a lot of content scrapers, so this resource will be very useful to educate them on ethical practices. 

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9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Freelance writers: where do you find jobs online? Use this handy list to add some new options to your bookmarks folder.

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Permanent Archival of Author Content Soon Possible Thanks To Harvard Perma.cc

Permanent Archival of Author Content Soon Possible Thanks To Harvard Perma.cc | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Broken links are everywhere. Perma helps authors and journals create permanent links for citations in their published work.

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Blaithan Michael Altenburg's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:11 PM

This is good that they are helping

Prof. Hankell's curator insight, September 25, 2013 10:33 AM
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Perma.cc is an upcoming web service that aims to help authors and journals create permanent archival copies of their online published content.

 

Way too often in fact, due to a multitude of reasons, not only content gets moved and relocated to new sites, becoming more difficult to find but in many others it is permanently deleted or lost.

 

To comfort your doubts that this is a true and tangible issue, you should check the work being carried out by Kendra Albert, Larry Lessig and Jonathan Zittrain, who are completing a study of link rot, available at http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2329161. ;

 

Link rot is the phenomenon by which material we link to on the distributed Web vanishes or changes beyond recognition over time.

 

Believe it or not half of the links in all of the Supreme Court opinions, don't work anymore.

 

In this context "the Harvard Library Innovation Lab has pioneered a project to unite libraries so that link rot can be mitigated.  We are joined by about thirty law libraries around the world to start Perma.cc, which will allow those libraries on direction of authors and journal editors to store permanent caches of otherwise ephemeral links."

 

The Internet Archive has provided its powerful archiving engine to support this effort and Cloudfare its distributed CDN.

 

The official tagline of the upcoming site reads: "perma.cc helps authors and journals create permanent archived citations in their published work"

 

Here is essence what you should expect from it: "Perma.cc allows users to create citation links that will never break.


When a user creates a Perma.cc link, Perma.cc archives a copy of the referenced content, and generates a link to an unalterable hosted instance of the site.


Regardless of what may happen to the original source, if the link is later published by a journal using the Perma.cc service, the archived version will always be available through the Perma.cc link."

 

N.B.: While anyone will be able to go to Perma.cc and archive any web page this resource is designed for researchers, authors and journals. In this light Perma.cc downloads the material at the designated URL and provides a new URL (a “Perma.cc link”) that can then be inserted in a paper. 


After the paper has been submitted to a journal, the journal staff checks that the provided Perma.cc link actually represents the cited material. If it does, the staff “vests” the link and it is forever preserved. Links that are not “vested” will be preserved for two years, at which point the author will have the option to renew the link for another two years.

 

 

My comment: Can't wait to test it. We need these type of archival tools like oxygen. It's not only important that we organize and curate what is important from the web, but it is essential that we also take care in preserving it for the longest possible time.

 

 

 

Free and open to all (soon).

 

Request beta access here: http://perma.cc/ ;

 

More info: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/futureoftheinternet/2013/09/22/perma/ ;

 

 

Similar Tools: www.Permamarks.com

Steve Tuffill's curator insight, September 25, 2013 11:47 AM

Essential, if the Internet is our all-time library resource...

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How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica?

How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Chuck Wendig asked women authors to tell the idiotic/sexist/misogynist/offensive questions they get asked. Read the whole comments thread.


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You validate curation business model, Paper.li secures more funding

You validate curation business model, Paper.li secures more funding | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

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Clever way to sell books!

Clever way to sell books! | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Clever way to sell books!
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Use open source tools to create your own eBooks | opensource.com

Use open source tools to create your own eBooks | opensource.com | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Opensource.com provides a simple, reliable method for creating eBooks the open source way.

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Marianela Camacho Alfaro's curator insight, September 10, 2013 3:59 PM

Astute readers will have noticed that we’ve begun publishing our "Open Voices" eBooks in the ePub format. Now, some of our best essays and interviews are available as lightweight and portable files, and can be read on any electronic reading device that supports this open standard.

And who better to undertake the task of converting our library than your friendly opensource.com intern? This summer, I’ve refined what I consider a simple, reliable method for creating eBooks the open source way. 

Gracie Passette's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:52 AM

For erotica authors etc.

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Publishers should focus on original content over reblogged news: TNW founder

Publishers should focus on original content over reblogged news: TNW founder | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

.....TNW (the publishing site) has made some startling moves lately, stepping away from its news-driven format to become a more tech feature focussed site. According to de Laive it’s not really a case of moving away, more a case of giving less attention to news and becoming more concerned with original content and editorials. The tech news publisher believes that companies should think about focusing their energy on original content rather than simply summarising and reposting the work of others....


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Content - orignal content - is still King

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 10, 2013 12:04 PM

Curators will have a different opinion about curating great content but this point of view is worth reflecting upon.

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Public-private partnership: Slate and WBUR team up on a podcast, connecting public radio content to a national audience

Public-private partnership: Slate and WBUR team up on a podcast, connecting public radio content to a national audience | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Boston public radio station WBUR wants to reach a national audience; Slate wants to expand its stable of podcasts through partnerships.

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Seth's Blog: An end of books

Seth's Blog: An end of books | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Books, those bound paper documents, are part of an ecosystem, one that was perfect, and one that is dying, quickly. Ideas aren’t going away soon, and neither are words. But, as the ecosystem dies, not only will the prevailing corporate...
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I don't agree with many of Seth's points; and not just because I'm a stubborn book lover. Here are my top 4 (quick) cautions:


The ever-increasing price of ebooks no longer makes ebook as seductive, so I and many others are back to paper book purchases.


Libraries are more than books -- especially to middle and lower class folks.


"Single tasking" is far more productive than multi-tasking, and, hopefully sooner rather than later, the cultre will move back to focusing on what one's doing.


Then there's the whole "power of the object" thing, which motivates not just collectors but humans at large.

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Gracie Passette's comment, September 6, 2013 5:26 PM
I agree with you. As for the problems facing book stores, let's look at online sales as well.
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Thanks, Gracie :)
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See also: http://dpoptart.tumblr.com/post/60495563475/jon-stewart-explaining-to-young-people-why-books
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Blog Promotion: How Your Blog Posts can Kick Ass on Google

Blog Promotion: How Your Blog Posts can Kick Ass on Google | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
When you post your blog post how do you get it to appear high on google and get a ton of traffic? Find out in this fantastic post with a practical example.

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, August 23, 2013 6:09 PM

This stellar post by Ian Cleary covers pretty much all the basics. 

 

In particular, I love the accompanying infographic and pictures.  

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Sign Up for Author Abuse

Sign Up for Author Abuse | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Author Abuse is a social network (Have you been victimized by a book publishing company?


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*sigh* I'm not saying there aren't abusive publishers; but having been a publisher, I can tell you that authors are abusive.

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Read Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Good Writing

Read Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Good Writing | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Justified author died this morning. (RIP Elmore Leonard, today we lost one of the greats.


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Google's Matt Cutts on Content Curation and SEO

Google's Matt Cutts on Content Curation and SEO | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Is it useful to have a section of my site that re-posts from other sites?


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If you worry that content curation = duplicate content...

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Thorsten Strauss's curator insight, September 3, 2013 4:37 AM

Big question and straight answer : How is content curation affected by Google's Panda and Penguin updates. 

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:35 PM

Guillaume Decugis offers a valuable perspective on curation, the impact of Google algorithm changes on SEO and side references of course to Matt Cutts. In a phrase:  "Add value!"

Steve Hartkopf's curator insight, October 7, 2013 3:18 PM

Anytime Matt speaks about SEO we should listen. In this video he specifically discusses SEO and content creation. He recommends a separate website page for old blog posts. I assume Google can identify the old content as separate and, therefore, acceptable rather than someone trying to game the system by throwing up a bunch of old or curated content in hopes of improve search engine results on the back of other people's content.

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Why good copy editors are ‘abnormal’ humans

Why good copy editors are ‘abnormal’ humans | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Igarashi, the managing editor of Granta, offers the suggestion that “anyone whose job it is to catch these mistakes – editors, copyeditors, subeditors, proofreaders – has to be an abnormal and malfuctioning [sic] human.”


Editors often talk about coming at a piece of text with “fresh eyes” in order to see things in a different way. What this means, and what Igarashi is playfully hinting at, is that we have to hack our brains in order to get past innate blind spots and re-orient towards spotting mistakes.

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20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic

20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users.

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Tania Gammage's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:03 AM

Fullof great ideas..something to think about doing. Now on my list!

Joycelyn DeVore's curator insight, February 4, 2015 9:22 PM

So many people are on Pinterest, that it only makes since that teachers and librarians try to use these resources. This article talks about how to use Pinterest to organize information, so that is can easily be found by students, and since it is through a site most teens use, its an engaging tool. 

Loretta VU's curator insight, April 25, 2015 2:49 AM

Jut because it's relevant to this unit.

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ToyotaVoice: How Print-On-Demand Is Transforming Self-Publishing

ToyotaVoice: How Print-On-Demand Is Transforming Self-Publishing | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Thanks to the advent of self-publishing, crowdfunding and e-commerce, indie artists of all kinds are launching their creative careers as solopreneurs...


...“When you make something easier to do, people do more of it,” wrote Thompson. “‘Print-on-demand’ publishing is about to do the same thing to books. It’ll keep them alive—by allowing them to be much weirder.


”By ‘weirder’ Thompson means more individualized and diverse. And he was correct. Bowker has reported increases in the numbers of book titles published overall for years, despite decreases in titles published by traditional publishers. The bibliographic information clearinghouse reported the growth has been ”driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market.”...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 4, 2013 5:30 PM

Maybe ebooks aren't killing publishing after all? Weird huh? 

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 10, 2013 1:57 AM

Weird is beautiful. ...Profitability, well... Perhaps the beautiful worry less about such things.

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