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Morning Roundup: JK Rowling is PISSED!
July 19, 2013 | 9:12 am

JK RowlingJK Rowling 'Very Angry' That Law Firm Leaked Her Name (NPR) In a twist worthy of her latest detective novel, it turns out it was a lawyer's wife's best friend who leaked J.K. Rowling's identity as the "Robert Galbraith" who wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling. Pro tip: When you have a JK Rowling secret, don't tell anyone (LA Times) A British law firm admitted on Thursday that it was the source of the information that J.K. Rowling had secretly published a mystery novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling's response? She is "very angry." She wasn't at first. Initially, she was somewhat...

A TeleRead editor in the blogosphere
July 16, 2013 | 7:22 pm

TeleReadI was recently interviewed about e-books, e-reading and digital publishing trends by the team at eReflect, an Australia- and Philippines-based educational software company. eReflect also operates a network of blogs that cover the same topics their software aims to teach: vocabulary, memory skills, typing skills, etc. My interview popped up on the company's speed-reading blog; if you're interested in giving it a read, it's here.  ...

Weekend Roundup: Tel Aviv gets a beach library; Miami-Dade County may lose 42 libraries; free productivity apps from Amazon
July 14, 2013 | 10:41 am

libraryTel Aviv Gets First Beachside Library (Gadling) Need a good beach read? Visitors to Tel Aviv's Metzizim Beach can now borrow books for reading on the sand. The city has launched the first beachside library, providing over 500 free book rentals in five languages, including English, Hebrew, Arabic, French and Russian. * * * JK Rowling Revealed as Writer of Crime Novel (NPR) An ex-military man tries his hand at writing, publishes a debut detective novel, and wins critical acclaim. But here's the twist in the tale: The true identity of the author is none other than "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling. * * * Miami-Dade County May Shutter 42 Public...

Weekend Roundup: 5 ways to save book publishing; marathon writing sessions; Neil Gaiman (maybe) breaks a world record; and more
July 13, 2013 | 8:30 am

publishingSave 1,100 vintage science fiction books from destruction! (i09) Onondaga Public Library in Syracuse, New York, has an enormous collection of roughly 1,100 vintage books in science fiction, mystery and "other genres." But apparently, there isn't enough interest to keep them in circulation. So they're asking people to propose what should be done with them. * * * Neil Gaiman possible breaks book signing world record, doesn't recommend it (Tor blog) Not content with a New York Times chart-topping novel in The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, author Neil Gaiman might also have scooped a world record for the number of books signed in a single sitting—though it’s not an...

Morning Roundup: Robert Bolano’s “2666” released as e-book for the first time
July 11, 2013 | 9:25 am

Morning RoundupRoberto Bolano's "2666" released as e-book for the first time (LA Times) Roberto Bolano did not live to see his book "2666" become an American bestseller. Nor did he make it to the popularization of e-books -- he died 10 years ago, on May 15, 2003. On Tuesday, "2666" saw its debut as an e-book. * * * Food trucks inspire mobile bookstore (Detroit News) By combining the concepts of bookmobile and food truck, book-publisher Penguin Group (USA) recently introduced its first mobile bookstore. And just like a good book, there’s a bonus inside: the Penguin Book Pushcart, which rolls out of the truck and down a...

A Note About TeleRead’s New Rating System for Reviews
July 7, 2013 | 12:15 pm

reviewBy now, we're assuming the majority of our TeleRead regulars have probably noticed that we recently added a small but nevertheless significant new feature to our reviews: a five-star-style rating system. We quietly introduced the feature in a film review by Joanna Cabot that ran on July 2. Two book reviews that ran this morning, one by Chris Meadows and another by Paul St John Mackintosh, also used the new rating system. But since we're of the opinion that books reviews, say—or film reviews, or app reviews or whatever—that are rated with a star-system is a pretty played-out journalistic cliché, we've decided...

Weekend Roundup: Cover designs for books that don’t exist, how to write the perfect post, and more
July 7, 2013 | 9:00 am

Weekend RoundupCover designs for books that don't exist (but should) io9 As part of his Masters of Branding study at the School of Visual Arts, Tyler Adam Smith is creating 100 covers for books that should be written, from goofy snarks at popular authors to imagined sequels to beloved books. * * * As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts (NYT) Jim Hollock’s first book, a true-crime tale set in Pennsylvania, got strong reviews and decent sales when it appeared in 2011. Now “Born to Lose” is losing momentum — yet Amazon, to the writer’s intense frustration, has increased the price by nearly a third. * * * Reading, writing may...

Weekend Roundup: Royal librarian wanted to look after Queen’s 125,000 titles
July 6, 2013 | 11:35 am

Weekend RoundupWanted: Royal Librarian to Look After the Queen's 125,000 Titles (InfoDocket) The Royal Collection is advertising for a librarian to run the Royal Library at Windsor Castle for £53,000 per year. * * * Sony Launches New Affiliate Program for E-Books (Good e-Reader) Sony has officially announced its first ever ebook affiliate program that will give people a chance to make money on digital sales. * * * 4 Reasons Barnes & Noble Failed the Nook (Babble) Another quarter, another huge loss for Barnes and Noble, Inc. This time it is in the tune of 118.6 million dollars. * * * Modern life means children miss out on the pleasures...

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King’s compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch
July 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

Morning RoundupSix Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction (The Atlantic) Emily Keeler, editor of Toronto-based zine Little Brother, reads a lot of literature for a living. But for the past six weeks, she confesses she's found the news stories coming out of Toronto City Hall more entertaining than most of the novels she's read...

Weekend Roundup: Digital rights protection and the future of writing
June 30, 2013 | 10:52 am

Weekend Roundup3 Reasons Why Facebook Can't Replace Your Author Website (Jane Friedman) I’ve occasionally been asked by authors at conferences: Why not just use Facebook? Isn’t that where everyone is spending their time already? Why would people visit my site? Why bother with all the effort of establishing a site, which, if it becomes dusty or out-of-date, could be more damaging than no website at all? * * * Digital rights protection and the future of writing (The Guardian) SiDiM, an ingenious new rights protections system, may point the way to the experimental literature of the future. Germany's FraunhoferInstitute recently revealed that it is working on a new digital...

The Seattle Public Library breaks a world record with its jaw-dropping book domino chain (video)
June 29, 2013 | 4:28 pm

libraryI don't believe I've ever seen an actual book domino chain in person. I'd never even seen a video of such a thing until earlier this afternoon. But apparently enough of them have been created over time that an actual Book Domino Chain World Record holder exists out there, somewhere. And yet that person (or that institution, as the case may be) had its world record stripped away roughly four weeks ago by none other than the main branch of the Seattle Public Library. Officially known as the Central Library, the building became architecturally famous worldwide back in 2004, thanks to its...

Weekend Roundup: Quick-to-market e-books are now the norm, not the exception
June 29, 2013 | 10:46 am

Weekend RoundupQuick-To-Market Ebooks Now Norm, Not Exception (Forbes) What made ["Linsanity"] by sportswriter Alan Goldsher from digital publishing house and platform Vook so shocking was that it took less than six days to write (72 hours), produce (36 hours) and publish (less than 24 hours). * * * Richard Russo Gives E-Publishing A Try (NPR) Richard Russo, the writer who won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his book Empire Falls, published a new novel six months ago. If you're wondering how you missed it, it might be because Russo chose not to publish with a traditional publisher. * * * Mother of teen jailed for Facebook post speaks to WSWS...

Weekend Roundup: Have reports of the paperback’s death been greatly exaggerated?
June 23, 2013 | 10:37 am

Weekend RoundupThe Decline and Fall of the English Major (The New York Times) In the past few years, I’ve taught nonfiction writing to undergraduates and graduate students at Harvard, Yale, Bard, Pomona, Sarah Lawrence and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Each semester I hope, and fear, that I will have nothing to teach my students because they already know how to write. And each semester I discover, again, that they don’t. * * * Have reports of the paperback's death been greatly exaggerated? (Slate) In 2009, Penguin Group, one of the most successful publishers in the world, printed a charming history called The Book of Penguin,...

Weekend Roundup: 10 Literary Restaurants for Hungry Book Nerds Around the World
June 22, 2013 | 8:51 am

Weekend Roundup10 Literary Restaurants for Hungry Book Nerds Around the World (Flavorwire) What’s even better than drinking while reading? Eating while reading, of course (hint: you can have a drink, too). --- This column will change your life: what's so wrong about giving up on a book? (The Guardian) It's fine to abandon books or other projects – but you've got to really abandon them, not let them fade amid vague intentions to finish them some day. --- Wiley salesman charged with stealing $2.8 million in textbooks (nj.com) An Oklahoma man who worked as a textbook salesman at Hoboken-based John Wiley & Sons stole more than $2.8 million in...

Weekend Roundup: ‘Ringleader’ says Apple did not raise e-books prices
June 16, 2013 | 11:12 am

Weekend Roundup'Ringleader' says Apple did not raise e-books prices (Reuters) An Apple Inc executive at the center of an antitrust lawsuit by the U.S. government said on Thursday the company "didn't care" what price publishers set for e-books. --- Steve Jobs originally didn't want to enter the e-book market (iDownloadBlog) In a dose of irony that shouldn’t be lost on anyone and at a time when Apple’s Eddy Cue is being hauled before the U.S. Department of Justice in Manahattan, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services has admitted that Apple co-founder and then CEO Steve Jobs didn’t even want to sell e-books in the first place. --- Can you...

Weekend Roundup: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre
June 15, 2013 | 9:44 am

Weekend Roundup How Google Will Use Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands (Wired) Not much happens in Geraldine, a small farming community in the interior of the South Island of New Zealand, about 85 miles from Christchurch. So when Hayden MacKenzie, a fourth-generation farmer there, picked up the phone last Tuesday and got a request to participate in a secret project—one that he wouldn’t even learn about until he signed a vow of silence—he and his wife Anna figured that they’d take a shot. --- 7 Outstanding Augmented Reality Apps for iPad (Educators Technology) Augmented reality apps are transforming and revolutionizing the way learning and...

Weekend Roundup: Everything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday
June 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

Weekend RoundupEverything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday (Business Insider) Apple is holding its biggest event of the year, WWDC, on June 10. It's a developers conference, but Apple usually uses the first day to announce new products and other goodies in a big keynote presentation. So what's on tap? Here's everything we expect Apple to announce. --- Penguin Book Truck: Mobile Bookstore to Hit the Road This Summer (HuffPo) As a book lover, I saw a lot of things I adored last week at Book Expo America. But even though I got to meet Grumpy Cat, the coolest thing at BEA this...

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