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Morning Links: Year’s fattest cookbooks. Interactive children’s book gift guide
December 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

cookbooksThe Year's Fattest Cookbooks (PW) From How to Cook Everything Fast at a thousand-plus pages to an authoritative collection of Mexican recipes that clocks in at 705 pages, the year 2014 saw a slew of hefty cookbooks. Here’s a look at just a few. *** Where Are All the Boy Books? You're Buying Them (Book Riot) Even the most well-meaning, socially-conscious adults fall into this trap, believing that the boys are being left behind and that girls and girl interests “dominate” the children’s book world. *** e-Readers- The Race to the Bottom (GoodeReader) When Sony and Amazon first got into the e-reader business, they were considered a...

Morning Links: What makes a “good reader?” DRM screws blind people.
December 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

drmWhat Does it Mean to be a 'Good' Reader? (Dear Author) Last weekend delivered a hat trick of essays on critical reading, two on KJ Charles’s m/m novel Think of England, and one on Deborah Fletcher Mello’s The Sweetest Thing, in which Liz McCausland also addresses the intertwined issues of “good writing” and “good reading.” *** Instead of Killing Comments, We Should be Trying to Fix Them (GigaOM) Every month or so, it seems, a media outlet decides to get rid of their comments. The latest is The Week, which follows Reuters and Re/code, both of whom shut down their comments recently. *** DRM...

Morning Links: Pseudonymous comments just as trusted. Book Riot Read Harder challenge
December 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

book riotReaders Say Comments Posted by Pseudonyms Are Just as Trustworthy (GigaOM) The value of having reader comments on news stories has taken a bit of a beating, with sites like Re/code and Reuters being the latest to do away with them because they are seen as a troll-filled wasteland. *** Six Hacks to Improve Diversity in Book Publishing (PW) In many ways, this year’s annual survey of African-American publishing is a response to a series of events in 2014 that directly focused on diversity. *** The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge (Book Riot) I’ve included 24 tasks, averaging out to two per month, that...

Morning Roundup: Five great 2014 novels; more
December 12, 2014 | 10:51 am

So here are five terrific 2014 novels you may have missed....

Morning Roundup: 15 literary humans of New York; more
December 11, 2014 | 12:01 pm

Now, I had to venture through thousands of posts to find what I consider the best literary posts on Humans of New York. It took many cups of tea. I regret nothing....

Morning Roundup: Hands on with Kindle Voyage; more
December 10, 2014 | 10:16 am

Today, we give you all a comprehensive hands on review of all of the new features found in the biggest Kindle update ever....

Morning Roundup: Netflix’s future plans; more
December 9, 2014 | 10:33 am

Netflix wants to be present all around the world before 2020, said the company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos during an investor event Monday....

Morning Roundup: Kindle and morning reading; more
December 8, 2014 | 9:22 am

So as a power reader, I wanted to outline how I read these days, and why my Kindle still matters....

Weekend Links: Kids would read more if they found books they liked. Authors United. What’s next?
December 6, 2014 | 11:56 am

authors unitedThe Global eBook Market Valued at 14.5 Billion (GoodeReader) The global e-Book market has been valued at $14.5 billion dollars and is expected to reach more than $22 billion by 2017. These figures are courtesy of Kobo who published their inaugural Book Report. *** Canadian Law Enforcement Agency Dropping Cases Rather Than Deal With New Warrant Requirements For ISP Subscriber Info (Techdirt) A funny thing happens when courts start requiring more information from law enforcement: law enforcers suddenly seem less interested in zealously enforcing the law. *** Douglas Preston on Amazon, Authors United and What's Next (PW) Throughout the months-long dispute between Amazon and Hachette over...

Morning Links: A comic book to teach copyright. Libraries reinventing in the digital age.
December 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightLawyers Say iPods Deleted Songs Not Purchased from Apple (GigaOM) Songs on iPods not purchased through Apple mysteriously disappeared on some devices, say consumer advocate lawyers in the current suit against the company. *** This Comic Book Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Copyright (Lifehacker) Reading up on copyright and fair use laws isn't most people's idea of fun. This comic book from Duke University, however, translates law basics into an interesting, visual story. *** Libraries Reinvent Themselves in the Digital Age (GoodeReader) A recent report by the Library Journal has stated that 95% of all US libraries have an e-book collection. That’s up...

Morning Links: Netflix CEO predicts end of broadcast TV. Top YA titles from 2014
December 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

Netflix CEOJournalism and Patronage (The Glog) Journalists are expected to avoid conflicts of interest. As I wrote a month ago, personal ethical standards and disclosure to one's editors are key tenets in avoiding conflicts. *** The Internet of Things: What it is and Why You Should Care (Lifehacker) You've probably started to hear the term "Internet of Things" being thrown around a lot lately. If you're not sure what it means, don't worry, you're not alone. This video can help you understand. *** Netflix CEO Puts an Expiration Date on Traditional Broadcast Television (TechDirt) Netflix's path of disruption has been nothing if not entertaining, whether it's the...

Morning Links: Bezos thinks ebooks make industry healthier. Nook trade in program
December 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

nookFour Ways Publishers Should Rethink Author Partnerships (Digital Book World) It’s an argument we’ve heard before: publishers must take a fresh look at their partnerships with authors, lest they lose them the proliferating number of self-publishing services and platforms. *** Amazon's Bezos Thinks eBooks Make the Book Industry Healthier (GigaOK) “The book industry is in better shape than it ever has been and it’s due to ebooks,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told an audience on Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview that addressed the company’s drone plans, its campus culture and its indifference to pain of short-term shareholders. *** Gifting Books? Expert Tips from a Children's Book...