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Morning Links: Changing tablet story. Kindle iOS draining batteries
May 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle iosThe Tablet Story Isn't Over---But It's Changing (Re/Code) It’s hard to argue with the narrative — larger phones are impacting tablet sales. This absolutely seems to be the case. *** Publishers Weekly Will Digitize Entire Archives (GalleyCat) Publishers Weekly, which reviews about 9,000 titles a year, is making its entire archive available to read digitally. *** Amazon Kindle for iOS is Draining Your Battery (GoodeReader) The Kindle app was updated April 15th 2015 with the quintessential “performance and stability improvements”. This last update was the culprit... *** On Taxing eBooks as Print Books: Why Are Books Taxed at a Lower Rate? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Several EU countries lowered the...

Another Argument in Favour of ‘Print Books Will Never Die’
April 8, 2015 | 2:25 pm

214px-One_Made_itI saw several posts this morning which linked to the adult colouring books story I had in the Morning Links a few days ago. I was amused to see this story go so viral, in part because I have been enjoying a revival in my art skills this year and have used some of these books. But I also find it interesting when such stories make the news because I feel like a lot of the book rhetoric these days is about how print is over, eBooks for the win, and nobody will ever need paper. This, to me, is a...

Morning Links: Critics sound off on Clean Reader. Best books lists outdated?
April 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

clean readerThe Outdated Concept of a 'Best Books' List (GoodeReader) It doesn’t really matter what the list is or what it’s measuring, there’s bound to be a critic and there’s guaranteed to be a sore spot for a book, film, song, or other content that didn’t make the cut. *** Critics Sound Off on 'Clean Reader' App (School Library Journal) A survey, thus far, of some responses to “Clean Reader.” The application, for IOS and Android, is an ereading platform that removes profanity, references to anatomical features, and language deemed offensive from titles available in an online bookstore. *** Removing Import Restrictions Would Harm Australian Authors,...

Morning Links: New stats about Canadian book market. DMCA lawsuit explores “user”
April 3, 2015 | 9:00 am

dmcaNew Stats About the Canadian Book Market in 2014 (Infodocket) Three items to pass along with Canadian publishing statistics provided by BookNet Canada. *** Lawsuit Finally Explores What Counts As A 'User' Under The DMCA (Techdirt) You would think, with the DMCA rapidly approaching its 20th anniversary of becoming law, that nearly every idea, word, phrase and concept of the law would have been tested in some court case or another. You'd be wrong. *** Publishing Industry Antics on April Fools (PW) Books are a serious business, but the publishing industry had a little fun on April 1, to commemorate April Fools' Day. We rounded up the...

Before They Become Movies: 8 Books to Read Right Now
April 1, 2015 | 10:25 am

martian-560x224By Julie Ellis Are you planning your next Kindle download? Are you looking for new books to add to your wish list on Good Reads? If you prefer to read a book before it is made into a movie, now is a good time to adjust your reading list. There are several books that are going to be turned into motion pictures in 2015. Take the time to read these now, before you are inundated with spoilers. Here are 8 of these must read books to movies: 1. True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa This memoir, written by Michael Finkel, recounts his downfall...

Weekend Links: Book market contracting? Lessons from a day unplugged
March 22, 2015 | 12:44 pm

book market contractingIs the Book Market Contracting? (Dear Author) In the past few months, three of the big five traditional publishers have posted a downturn in sales: Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Reading these reports has felt alarming to me. *** Reading on a Tablet is Bad for Your Neck (GoodeReader) A recent study of 33 university students who use tablets 50+% of their time. Users were tested in a variety of usage positions and whilst reading and typing for 2-5 minutes. *** What I Learned from a Day Unplugged (Apartment Therapy) I don't consider myself addicted to my phone, but recently I've noticed some bad habits lately...

Taking stock "After Woodstock”
March 19, 2015 | 12:25 pm

after woodstockAge doesn't stop Elliot Tiber from penning his memoirs, and now just about to turn 80, he just keeps writing and writing. His new memoir, "After Woodstock," covers his life after the famous Woodstock concert, from 1969 to 1999 and with an epilogue bringing readers up to the present day. First some background for readers new to Tiber's works. A few years ago, Hollywood director Ang Lee made a movie about American hippies in the late 1960s, titled "Taking Woodstock," about the famous Woodstock music festival in the summer of 1969. The movie was adapted from a book by the Tiber, a new...

Morning Links: Reading slump? Dealing with modern stress more than unplugging
March 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

unpluggingMy Annual Winter Reading Slump (Book Riot) To be more accurate, I should say that it is a post-holiday reading slump. It has happened, to varying degrees, for several years now. *** Why it Takes More Than Unplugging to Solve Modern Stress (Media Shift) Survey after survey finds that we believe ourselves to be simultaneously overwhelmed by and addicted to our devices. *** What We Got Wrong About Books (The Scholarly Kitchen) It is one of the cruel truisms of the book business that publishers rarely have much insight into how their products are actually used. *** More Copyright Trolls Rushing In To Take Advantage Of Canadian...

Productivity Book of the Month: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
February 2, 2015 | 4:25 pm

the miracle morningWelcome to a new monthly feature! So many of our readers are writers, aspiring writers, librarians, teachers and other reading and writing professionals. We all want to learn to work better! So I thought I would highlight one book a month which can help us all do that. For my January pick, [easyazon-link asin="0979019710" locale="us"]The Miracle Morning[/easyazon-link], I was inspired by a recent comment Juli made about how she organizes her day: with a series of task lists, one for 'today' and one for 'general.' She said she works through the 'today' list first, then opens the second list and picks...

Japan earthquake at epicenter of new memoir
January 8, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say GoodbyeMarie Mutsuki Mockett is a Japanese-American writer whose overseas relatives were at the epicenter of the tragic March 11, 2011 killer earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast of Japan. The author of a novel titled [easyazon-link asin="1555975763" locale="us"]Picking Bones from Ash: A Novel[/easyazon-link], Mockett has written a memoir titled [easyazon-link asin="0393063011" locale="us"]Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye[/easyazon-link] that is set to wash across the pages American readers this spring. As the fourth anniversary of the tragic quake and tsunami that killed some 25,000 people approaches, Mockett's book has been timed to appear at an opportune time for reflection...

Publishers should offer e-book bundles for lengthy series
December 25, 2014 | 4:00 pm

ferdelanceMerry Christmas, everyone! If you celebrate it, I hope you’re enjoying it; if you don’t, I hope you’re at least enjoying the day off you probably got on account of someone else’s religion. This year, I gave a number of books to people, including a Nero Wolfe novel to my father. And it got me to thinking about how great it would be to read those books again. A number of years ago, I obtained all 47 of them via means less than completely licit (I was a poor college student in those days), and read through them...

Morning Links: The year in technology. Where to donate books
December 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

year in technologyThe Year in Tech: Net Neutrality, IoT Grows up, Uber Turns Heads (GigaOM) As 2014 draws to a close, the technology world seems a little weary. *** Where to Donate Your Books (Book Riot) The best book people problem is just having too many books. *** Simon & Schuster Expands Library eBook Loans to the UK (The Digital Reader) At long last, Simon & Schuster entered the UK library ebook market today. They've put out a press release announcing that UK libraries can now buy and lend S&S's full catalog of nearly 14,000 ebook titles, effective immediately. *** Celebrity Memoirs Are Losing Steam (GalleyCat) Celebrity memoirs are past their prime,...