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Morning Links: Cheerios ebook code. Goodreads spam?
April 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebook codePublishers Finally Taking the Reins on Web Marketing (Digital Book World) I’ve noticed that for the first time there is nearly universal agreement on the following five things... *** Cheerios Box Prize: An eBook Code (GalleyCat) General Mills is bringing the cereal box prize into the 21st century by giving away eBooks through breakfast cereal packaging. *** Goodreads Now Filling Your Update Feed With Spam, Er “Sponsored Posts” (Ink, Bits & Pixels) When Goodreads restructured their social network late last month I predicted that they would shortly use author pages for marketing purposes, and now it looks like I was about half right. *** Tory Chairman Accused of Smearing...

Should authors respond to positive reviews?
April 7, 2015 | 10:25 am

reading There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. Personally, I enjoy when an author leaves a comment on one of my reviews. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way, especially if the remarks don’t feel spammy. Rather, the author seemed to appreciate that you took the time to read their book and write a review for...

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 Best books lists outdated?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clean readerThe Outdated Concept of a 'Best Books' List (GoodeReader) It doesn’t really matter what the list is or what it’s measuring, there’s bound to be a critic and there’s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,...

Goodreads: A Casualty of the .Ca Upgrade
April 6, 2015 | 2:25 pm

goodreadsI wrote earlier about converting my Amazon.com account over to the .ca portal. Amazon seems to be strongly preferring that people shop at their 'correct' country portal these days---they let me keep using the .com site for my Kindle purchases, but had annoying banners and pop-ups regularly encouraging me to switch over. More recently, they started offering enticements such as a month of free service from Kindle Unlimited. So I bit the bullet, and switched. All my books transferred over just fine. I understood that some people had problems with subscription content such as magazines, but I had no such content...

Morning Links: Why I quit Goodreads. Facebook to become publishing platform?
March 25, 2015 | 9:00 am

goodreadsWhy I Quit Goodreads (or, The Bookternet Is Not Safe for Women) (Book Riot) The Kathleen Hale controversy snapped into focus something I had always kind of wondered about: as a woman, putting my views on the internet is an act of risk-taking. *** Rich Kids Use the Internet to Get Ahead, and Poor Kids Use it 'Mindlessly' (Teachers with Apps) According to MarketWatch, Putman said in an interview that most kids have access to smartphones but the poorest ones tended to use the devices “in completely different, mindless ways,” He went on to say, … “for all the wealth generated in the name...

Morning Links: Magazine subscription services say why not doomed. Story of Lorem Ipsum
March 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

magazine subscription services'Netflix for Magazines' Services Explain Why They Are Not Doomed (Media Shift) It must be depressing to hear so many people say that your company’s business model has no future. *** The Story of Lorem Ipsum: How Scrambled Text by Cicero Became the Standard For Typesetters Everywhere (Open Culture) And so you might imagine how pleased I was to discover what looked like classical Latin in the real world: the text known to designers around the globe as “Lorem Ipsum,” also called “filler text” and (erroneously) “Greek copy.” *** Goodreads Has Decided That There is No Friendzone for Authors and People (Ink, Bits & Pixels) The...

Weekend Links: Authors share favorite audiobooks on Audible. Children’s book market growing
December 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

audibleThe Children's Book Market Has Grown 44% in the Last Decade (GoodeReader) Nielsen hosted the first annual Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan and produced research for over a four year period.  They produced research that the children’s book market has increased 44% in the last decade and 67% of teens read for pleasure. *** Why I AM Participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2015 (Book Riot) Jessica wrote a great post about not participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I can identify with a lot of what she wrote — feeling the pressure to meet your reading goal, feeling bad about...

Morning Links: Goodreads best books of 2014. Growing author discontent with Kindle Unlimited
December 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedGoodreads Best Books of 2014 (GoodReads) Announcing the winners of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year! *** The Obamas Go Book Shopping on Small Business Saturday (GalleyCat) President Obama made his annual trip to the Washington DC based indie book store Politics and Prose over the weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday. *** Money is Pouring into Media, but Will it Find the Value it Seeks? (GigaOM) As tech analyst Ben Thompson pointed out in an email to Stratechery subscribers about the news, one of the most noteworthy things about both of...

Morning Links: 3 Questions about Goodreads gender study. Novels that started in NaNoWriMo
November 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoAre Parents Under-Reporting the eBooks They Buy for their Kids? (The Digital Reader) One common concern with consumer surveys is that the respondents might not answer truthfully. Whether through unconscious bias or simple oversight, there’s always a chance that data from a survey might not be as reliable as it would appear. *** 3 Questions About the Goodreads Gender Study (Book Riot) In case you missed it, Goodreads did a study on 40,000 users of their site (20,000 women and 20,000 men). Then they took those users’ stats and came up with some interesting information. *** 5 Indie Novels That Got Their Start in NaNoWriMo (IndieReader) We’re...

Quote of the day: “What happens when The Guardian lets an author gloat about stalking a blogger”
October 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

Plagiarism or not, second-hand reporting or not, I can't do better than to simply repeat and link to the above headline. Here's The Guardian, defender of free speech and woolly thinking, running in full the ruminations of author Kathleen Hale on how she tracked down the perpetrator of a one-star review of her book - to her real-world address, in person, face to face. Admittedly, The Guardian doesn't take sides, simply giving the author's account, without implied endorsement even in the subtitle. But commentators on the story soon did, both for and against. A good many who weighed in on Kathleen Hale's side...

Weekend Links: Father’s Day Kindle sale. Evolution of the Sony Reader and more
June 15, 2014 | 10:52 am

kindle saleKindles on Sale for Father's Day (GalleyCat) Amazon is running a Father’s Day sale on Kindle Fire HDX devices and Amazon Fire TV devices. *** The Evolution of the Sony Reader---in Pictures (GoodeReader) There is a long storied history of Sony being involved in the e-Reader sector and they released more models than anyone in the entire industry. *** Four Ways to Rock Goodread's New Ask the Author Feature (Digital Book World) At the 2014 BEA Conference, Patrick Brown, Director of Author Marketing at Goodreads offered some tips for authors to get the most out of this new feature. *** Self-Published eBooks Accounted for Half of the Growth of...

Goodreads adds new ‘Ask the Author’ feature
May 22, 2014 | 12:25 pm

goodreadsI posted this to the Morning Links, but this is such a cool story that I wanted to elaborate further. Goodreads has added an intriguing new feature called 'Ask the Author' which allows users to post questions to favourite authors, get answers, and read the questions and answers which other users post. The initial launch features 54 authors, including Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown, Michael Cunningham, Arianna Huffington, Douglas Preston and other big names. Eventually, it will be available for all Goodreads authors. So, how does it work? You can go straight to the blog post linked to above to browse the initial...

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