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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,...

The mystery of the book artist continues to inspire
December 18, 2014 | 12:25 pm

book artist Article by Colin Mackenzie, owner of The Butterflies In addition to Scotland’s most famous mystery, the Loch Ness monster, the mystery of the amazing book sculpture artist  continues with another magnificent donation. The  artist, who has become an internet phenomenon for their free ‘gifts' of art to libraries in Edinburgh, Scotland, has donated one of her most intricate works of art to a charity. 'The Butterflies' is an amazing book sculpture and was sold by the Macmillan Cancer charity during the Edinburgh Festival to a private owner.  This is the only one of the sculptures to come on the open market...

Joanna’s Best Books of 2014
December 16, 2014 | 4:25 pm

best books of 2014It's that time of year again! There are still two weeks left in the year, and that's time enough to find another great book, I guess. But there was so much I loved about my 2014 reading year! I managed just over 50 books, and they covered a range of genres and styles. What were my top reads of the year? In no particular order, my best books of 2014. [easyazon-link asin="1439102775" locale="us"]The Storyteller[/easyazon-link] by Jodi Picoult: The first of my 'read more Jewish books' project, this book was a can't-put-down, in spite of some minor flaws. I found the modern-day character...

More on ‘finishing every book you read’
November 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

bookI wrote yesterday on an article that has been making the blog rounds, about the value (or not) of finishing every book you read. I fell into the 'life is too short' camp; I have no guilt at all abandoning a book that isn't working for me. Many times, I will 'respect art,' as the article suggests, by devoting that time to another book. But I do have other hobbies to spend time on, and people I care about who need me. I just can't spend the time on a book which is a slog. I was delighted to see some...

Reassurance from Franz Kafka: Reading will not turn you into a giant cockroach
November 10, 2014 | 6:25 pm

KafkaFranz Kafka's famous and frightful novelette Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) has spawned almost as many interpretations as any cockroach, but one angle that most of them agree on is that the protagonist Gregor Samsa, very closely identified with Kafka himself, is being judged or somehow weighed and found wanting, through his transformation into a giant insectoid specimen of vermin, and that the fault or sin he has been condemned for is some sort of failure to live or to fully measure up to what it means to be human. And one of the failings often cited is Kafka's own experience of...

Morning Roundup: On the specialness of books. Non-fiction should consider self-pub
October 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

booksOn the 'Specialness' of Books (Dear Author) We’re all familiar with the assertion that books are “special,” and therefore deserving of different treatment than other commercial products. I used believe it myself. Until, that is, folks like Jon Sargent and Authors United started using it to justify crap like agency pricing and the shunning of Amazon. *** If You Write Non-Fiction and Cannot Command Mega-Advances, You Should Consider Self-Pub (The Digital Reader) The great majority of indie self-pubs are genre fiction, and a large proportion of nonfiction in self-pub is about how to write and sell genre fiction. *** Print Book Retailing Economics and eBook...

Morning Roundup: eBay and PayPal to part ways. Update on Ellora’s Cave vs. Dear Author
September 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

dear author logoeBay and PayPal to Part Ways in 2015 (GigaOM) Thanks to pressure from activist investors, eBay and PayPal will be separate entities next year, ending 12 years of togetherness. *** Stephen King Predicts That Physical Books Are Here to Stay (GalleyCat) Author Stephen King predicts that the physical book will “be here for a long, long time.” *** Update on the Ellora's Cave vs. Dear Author Defamation Suit (The Digital Reader) Much has changed in the three days since I brought you news that Ellora’s Cave was suing well-known romance book blog Dear Author for defamation, and few of the changes favor Ellora’s Cave. *** Four Methods for Choosing...

Morning Roundup: iPhone 6 review. Worst eReader of 2014?
September 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

iphone 6 reviewiPhone 6 review: The little things make it a real star (InfoWorld) The larger design is very welcome, but there's much more to the iPhone 6 than a bigger screen. *** First Impressions: The Pocketbook 640 Ultra is a Prime Candidate for Worst eReader of 2014 (The Digital Reader) Alas, the actual device does not come even close to meeting the expectations engendered by its price tag, nor is it capable of fulfilling all of the features listed on the product page. I’ve only had mine out of the box for a couple days now, and I deeply regret spending so much on a device...

Tablets, books and readers, oh my! Reflections on the first week of school
September 16, 2014 | 12:25 pm

technology in schoolI just finished my first full week of teaching for the new school year, and it's been so interesting to watch my students react to some of the changes I have implemented this year. In no particular order, here are some points of interest from my first teaching week. 1) God Bless the Internet Like many teachers, I use the internet heavily---be it Google Images clipart to illustrate a worksheet or Google Translate to double-check my grammar when I am writing notes or instructions in French. Two websites my school seems to be particularly relying on this year: Reading A-z.com, a scubscription...