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Do You Study, or Do You Read?
March 30, 2015 | 12:25 pm

readAn essay at Book Riot hit my RSS feed today on an always-controversial subject: how to read. I say it's controversial because every time an essay like this comes up, two things happen: the academics comment and say 'hear, hear' and the regular people comment and say 'OMG, lighten up and just read the books if you want to!' I see both sides of this one. But I think that for me, what it comes down to is, as it always seems to be with me, this feeling that it isn't really fair to lump everything together. I remember being a...

Morning Links: Amazon launches Prime Now. Book culture heroes of 2014
December 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

prime nowFive Book Culture Heroes of 2014 (Book Riot) I say this every year, but folks: it’s never been a better time to be a reader. This year, in particular, we’ve been blessed by some incredible people who are making book culture better and more inclusive. So here’s to the book culture heroes of 2014: thanks for your great work. We salute you. *** EU-Canada Trade Agreement May be Incompatible with EU Law (Techdirt) By seeking to move "behind the borders", tackling "non-tariff barriers" that are actually regulations protecting health, safety, the environment, etc., these agreements may interfere with too many core functions of how...

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...

Must you finish every book you’re reading?
November 13, 2014 | 10:25 am

reading on a tabletI caught this provocative essay during my vacation and wasn't able to respond to it,  but since the fine folks at Book Riot are still talking it  I figure I am fair game to weigh in, even a few days late. The question: must you finish every book you're reading? The arguments Juliet Lapidos presents in the 'yes' camp are briefly, that finishing every book you read teaches you fortitude, persistence and respect. How can I rebut against that? With three words: life is too short. That's it. That's my answer. Life is too short to read bad books. On the 'fortitude...

Readers being ‘spread too thin?’
October 28, 2014 | 2:25 pm

readersHere's one I almost missed, from the fine, and prolific, folks at Book Riot. Josh Corman wrote last week about a topic I increasingly find myself relating to these days---the reader who is 'spread too thin.' We have differing definitions on what this means, I think. Corman explains his readerly anxieties thusly: "The problems isn’t that I haven’t had time to read or that I’ve let myself get wrapped up in other hobbies, work, distractions, etc. The issue is that I have so many quality choices and so much access to books that I’m paralyzed, unable to zero in on one...

Publishers vs editors: which do we need more?
July 9, 2014 | 2:25 pm

editorsI linked yesterday to an intriguing op-ed from Book Riot called 'Why We Still Need Publishers.' At the time, I thought writer Susie Rodarme made some salient points about the value of a second eye in the editorial process. But now that it's sat with me overnight, I think Rodarme has reached the wrong conclusion. She is correct that authors---good authors---probably can't or shouldn't try to do it all without a helper. But she makes a terminology error and confuses 'publisher' with 'editor.' For instance, just after declaring in paragraph 4 that 'publishers perform a necessary and not-easily-replaced service to the...

Is it Possible to Read too Much?
October 6, 2013 | 4:53 pm

A great essay over at Book Riot has been making the blogosphere rounds, which asks this question: is it possible to read too much? The author, Kim Ukura, explains that she often seems to reach a point in her reading year where she simply can't take in any more. No matter what content presents itself and how readily available it is, she can't sustain her reading interest. "My (working, ridiculous) theory is that it must be some type of biological safety valve that keeps me from taxing my brain too much, forcing me to put books aside in favor of...

Book-Lover vs. the Non-Reading Child
August 27, 2013 | 1:15 pm

book-loverI wrote yesterday about a blog post written by a book lover who lamented her non-reading spouse. Today, a story serendipitously crossed my inbox on a similar topic: a book lover who laments their non-reading child. Our friends at Book Riot shared the anecdote of attending a book event and meeting a dad who was attending it without his non-reader wife. And he had made peace with that, just as the blogger in yesterday's story did. But what he still could not get over was the non-reading child who had inherited his mother's habits. The article got quite a few comments which...

Good News About the Top-Earning Authors of the Year
August 19, 2013 | 10:00 am

authorsBook Riot has a great write-up on the recent release of Forbes magazine's top-earning authors of the year. Jill Guccini begins by asking us to put aside for a moment any idealized notions we may have about what people "should be" reading. This list, with E.L. James, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins, Bill O'Reilly and Danielle Steel heading off the top five, represents what they actuallyare reading, and there is value in knowing that. There is also some reassurance in considering the demographics. There is roughly an even split of male and female authors, and some young adult ones thrown in too. Guccini concludes: "So when I look...

What Are Your Book Dealbreakers?
July 31, 2013 | 8:49 am

book The always-fun folks at Book Riot have done another great poll—this time on book 'dealbreakers.' As the article explains: "Let’s say you’re reading a book. It’s pretty good. You’re basking in that glowy feeling that comes when you find something new to read that you think you might be able to love. Then something happens. It might happen all of a sudden or gradually, but at some point you realize that the book has done something you don’t like." They go on to list the top dealbreakers submitted by their poll respondents, which include casual treatment of sex and rape, stereotyped depcitions of...

Twitter Tips for the Author Who Tweets
June 22, 2013 | 1:52 pm

TwitterBook Riot has a great post about two writers they say are 'killing it' on Twitter. What are these authors doing right? Here are some keywords I plunked from the article: They are 'creating a community' for their readers.  Very little 'self-promotion'  'Funny ... but never snarky'  'Warm and personable ... responds to people'  Doesn't 'exist exclusively on transmit'  Feed is 'mostly replies and retweets'  'Makes an effort to contribute to larger discussions'  Feels like 'part of who she is ... not like a sales pitch'  'Charming and self-deprecating' So, if all of this could be summed up into a strategy, it would be this: Twitter is about the follower, not...

Twitter Personalities We Love for E-Books, Writing and Publishing
October 31, 2012 | 10:55 pm

  By Colleen T. Reese As a social media manager, my content consumption habits tend to get wildly out of control if I’m not careful. And a lot of readers face this same issue. When we first started looking into TeleRead’s reading habits, we learned that a great majority of you continue to rely on word-of-mouth to find new e-books. In the digital age, weeding through the crowded muck can be overwhelming, to say the least. So to help ourselves—and yes, you too—we’ve curated a quick list (in no particular order) of our favorite heavy hitters on Twitter. We found this list to be...