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Steal My Book!

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What would you do if your novel was being translated into Russian for ebook pirates? I rathernlike Peter Mountford's approach to the situation.

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Isabel Allende: By the Book

Isabel Allende: By the Book | Words on Books | Scoop.it
The author of the forthcoming novel “Maya’s Notebook” says reading Gabriel García Márquez made her want to become a writer: “I thought, ‘If this guy can do it, so can I.’ ”...
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Isabel Allende is absolutely one of my favorite authors. Discovering that reading another one of my favorite authors, Gabriel García Márquez, inspired her to become an author is delightful.

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In Search of the Muse (Long-ish)

I used to be a writer. I stopped writing in college when I realized I was using my writing as therapy. I think I didn't want to know all that was wrong with me. So, I stopped writing. I got married...
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Michelle Bishop's search for her muse is one we all can relate to. Sometimes we find ourselves lost as writers and have to look long and hard to find ourselves again.

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Michelle Bishop's search for her muse is one we all can relate to. Sometimes we find ourselves lost as writers and have to look long and hard to find ourselves again.

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Sherlock Holmes novels belong to public, US court rules - Irish Times

Sherlock Holmes novels belong to public, US court rules - Irish Times | Words on Books | Scoop.it
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Sherlock Holmes novels belong to public, US court rules
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The old Scotland Yard building in London, which was immortalised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes stories.
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US Courts rule that Sherlock Holmes belongs to the public. Let the  production of new volumes commence.

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The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth - NPR (blog)

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The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth
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The first ever BookCon, planned as an extension of the mega trade show Book Expo America by the same people who do Comic-Con, took place last weekend.
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Yes, the Book Girls probably are an over-simplified grouping of a complex demographic but it is really cool that girls are seen as serious readers who can move markets.

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Amazon Is NOT the Putin of Books - Daily Beast

Amazon Is NOT the Putin of Books - Daily Beast | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Reason (blog) Amazon Is NOT the Putin of Books Daily Beast Despite a huge market share, Amazon apparently still wants books, especially the e-books that everyone agrees are the future of the medium, to be cheaper than what publishers and big-name...
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I think the jury is still out on the Amazon-Hachette battle. Still, in a capitalist society, why is everyone so surprised that Amazon's trying to push down its costs?

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Vectors: Plotter or Pantser?

Vectors: Plotter or Pantser? | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Our question this week: Plotter or pantser? Have you changed your position on the spectrum and if so, how? Tina Connolly I used to be a total pantser. Not the sort of pantser who describes their pr...
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This is a neat, if somewhat rambling, exploration of one authors's shift from pantser to plotter. Anyone who's struggling with this issue would benefit from reading this post.

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Amazon-Hachette Fight: Is Amazon Really the Bad Guy? - Inc.com

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Amazon-Hachette Fight: Is Amazon Really the Bad Guy?
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Welcome to the rarified world of publishing. Advertisement. Forget, for a minute, whether you side with ...
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The question is whether or not we are willing to pay more for books. That's the issue behind this fight. It's that simple.

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Writers And Editors Call Out Amazon For Going After Hachette, But Will It Matter? | TechCrunch

Writers And Editors Call Out Amazon For Going After Hachette, But Will It Matter? | TechCrunch | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Amazon.com appears to be flexing its muscle against publishers once again. The New York Times reported this morning that Amazon had removed preorder options..
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For as much as we love Amazon's prices and convenience, perhaps we should be concerned about these business tactics.

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Small publishers survive in age of the digital book - The Seattle Times

Small publishers survive in age of the digital book - The Seattle Times | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Small publishers survive in age of the digital book The Seattle Times At the same time, there have been rare but dramatic commercial successes: The best-selling 2011 erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” started out as a self-published,...
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Small publishers may even have an advantage over large publishing houses in the digital age.

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How to coexist peacefully with your books - Tribune-Review

How to coexist peacefully with your books - Tribune-Review | Words on Books | Scoop.it
How to coexist peacefully with your books Tribune-Review Those who are more expressive and don't care about the content may choose to sort the books by color, starting with red and going through the spectrum to violet, creating a rainbow of book...
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Do you have too many books? Here are some suggestions to make the clutter more manageable.

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'Unbiblical' Book Leads to Split Between Christian Publisher and Prominent ... - TheBlaze.com

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Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'

Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution' | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he and his team weighed the public's interest against the potential harm to innocent people when deciding how many of Edward Snowden's leaked documents to make public.
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This interview with Glenn Greenwald makes you think about what we are willing to permit in the name of national security. I'm looking forward to reading his book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.

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Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To?

Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To? | Words on Books | Scoop.it
A survey of data shows a marked drop in teenagers reading for pleasure. Researchers are trying to figure out whether the explosion of e-reading and digital diversions is behind the decline.
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My kids love to use their e-readers more than paper now. However, I think it's largely personality that determines who much teens read for pleasure. I have a teen who reads almost constantly. It's just what she likes to do.  Her sister and brother, not so much.

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Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors

Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing'
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Greensboro Park "Libraries": Give a Book, Take a Book - WFMY News 2

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Greensboro Park "Libraries": Give a Book, Take a Book
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"Little libraries," which resemble large bird houses filled with books for all reading levels, are in Lindley Park (near the pool), Sternberger Park and in Cascade Park.
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The Little Library is a pretty cool idea. I hope it works.

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Vintage Illustrations for Tolkien’s The Hobbit from Around the World

Vintage Illustrations for Tolkien’s The Hobbit from Around the World | Words on Books | Scoop.it
A visual voyage there and back again.

Writing about the allure of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien famously asserted that there is no such thing a
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Stephen Colbert Upset That Stephen Colbert Books Are Hard To ...

Stephen Colbert Upset That Stephen Colbert Books Are Hard To ... | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Stephen Colbert Upset That Stephen Colbert Books Are Hard To Buy On Amazon. By Chris Morran June 5, 2014. TV personality Stephen Colbert usually prides himself on unbiased reporting and sticking to the facts (at least the ones that ...
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When Stephen Cobert gets in on the fight, it's bound to get crazy. Watch out Amazon. Cobert Nation can be a force to reckon with.

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Hire This Woman: Writer Janine Frederick

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Janine Frederick is a writer whose work is deserving of wider recognition in the comic book industry.
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I love that Comic Alliance is helping to promote women who write and illustrate graphic novels. Check out this interview with Janine Frederick.

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What is the “Authors Alliance?” | The Authors Guild

What is the “Authors Alliance?” | The Authors Guild | Words on Books | Scoop.it
The Authors Guild has been the published writer's advocate for effective copyright, fair contracts, and free expression since 1912.
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Author's Guild vs. Author's Alliance.... This should prove interesting.

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Why an increasing number of novelists are casting an envious eye toward the art world

Why an increasing number of novelists are casting an envious eye toward the art world | Words on Books | Scoop.it
From Peter Heller to Claire Messud, an increasing number of novelists are casting an envious eye toward the art world
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This is interesting. First, I had no idea that Americans were so fascinated with art these days. Second, the way different arts, in this case literature and visual arts, intertwine often generates wonderful work.

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Community Post: 13 Smut Books By Indie Authors That Are Better Than Most Traditionally Published Books

Community Post: 13 Smut Books By Indie Authors That Are Better Than Most Traditionally Published Books | Words on Books | Scoop.it
These authors are doing it for themselves, and they make no apologies. Smut Book Club supports all good authors; we just give extra love to those who rock it on their own.
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Erotic novels have been making major moves into the mainstream, especially since the blockbuster success of Shades of Grey. Here are some independent authors to consider if you're in the market for erotica.
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Is Self-Publishing Killing Books? My Journey With After the Sucker Punch Answers the Question

Is Self-Publishing Killing Books? My Journey With After the Sucker Punch Answers the Question | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Do I think self-publishing is killing books? In a word, NO. In fact, not only do I believe self-publishing isn't killing books, I believe it's actually enlivened the marketplace, bringing a fresh, less structured, less filtered, more open life to the...
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What do you think about self-publishing? Is it killing books? I think I tend to agree with this blog post about the subject.

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Elementary students penning novels - News & Observer

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Elementary students penning novels
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At age 9, when most kids begin reading chapter books, Emily Meinert has already published her first novel.
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Fabulous! Nine-year-old authors are making their mark on the publishing world.  This is a wonderful program.

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Rush Limbaugh wins Childrens Book 'Author of the Year' Award, trash talks Michelle Obama in same week

Rush Limbaugh wins Childrens Book 'Author of the Year' Award, trash talks Michelle Obama in same week | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Rush Limbaugh, the radio pundit liberals love to hate was this week recognized as the children's book Author of the Year by the Children's Book Council, even while he dissed those drawing attention to the 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria.
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I am going to have to look for this series so I can see why Limbaugh is winning awards.

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I am going to have to look for this series so I can see why Limbaugh is winning awards.

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Should Self-Publishing Authors Hire Editors, Producers and Cover Designers ... - Digital Book World

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Should Self-Publishing Authors Hire Editors, Producers and Cover Designers ...
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Self-publishing is something of a misnomer, given the various ways that authors can publish books outside of a traditional publishing relationship.
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According to this survey, the self-published authors who pulled together a team to help with things like editing and cover art, earned more from book sales than authors who did not get help in these areas. It looks like Cover Art, Editing, and Marketing may be the most beneficial areas for self-publishers to spend money on.

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Shaq is publishing a series of children's books - USA TODAY

Shaq is publishing a series of children's books - USA TODAY | Words on Books | Scoop.it

Shaq is publishing a series of children's books
USA TODAY
Shaquille O'Neal can add a new title to his LinkedIn profile: “Children's book author.” The retired basketball player will author a new series of books called Little Shaq for early readers.

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It'll be good to have African-American boys as lead characters in a book for early readers. 

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