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Morning Links: 2014 Reading habits survey. Can data journalism be taught?
March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

journalismGlobal eBook Opportunities Rising (Digital Book World) A recent Pew study hints at growing opportunities for ebook publishers and retailers to reach more English-language readers around the world. *** The Great 2014 Reading Habits Survey: The Results (Book Riot) This post presents the reading and spending habits of the Riot readers who responded to the survey. *** Can Data Journalism be Taught? (The Digital Shift) Can you really teach data journalism? It’s a dumb question that I’m soon going to find the answer for: This semester I started teaching at the Berkeley J-School... *** The Canadian Newspaper Industry is Consolidating (GoodeReader) The Canadian Competition Bureau has given the green light...

Morning Links: Publishers should go direct. How Salon tamed the trolls
February 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

trollsWhy All Publishers Can and Should Go Direct-to-Consumer (Digital Book World) But all publishers can and should be developing D2C strategies, including—and especially—small and mid-size publishers focused on a specific category or niche. *** How Salon Tamed the Trolls and Saved its Online Comments (Digiday) Online comments sections are a double-edged sword for publishers. *** Your Guide to the 17 Journalism Conferences Worth Attending in 2015 (Media Shift) It’s the new year, and you’ve just taken a long, hard look at your goals for the coming year. Get more work? Check. Learn new skills? Check. Make more money? Check. The thing is, all of these goals...

Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5
January 29, 2015 | 9:00 am

ipad turns 5Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs- 2015 (The Passive Voice) The most commented posts in the history of The Passive Voice have been those requesting the stories of  indie authors who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their writing income. The first post is here and the second is here. *** Apple's iPad Turns 5: Has it Lived Up to Steve Job's 2010 Keynote? (Slate) Five years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. At a time when the press and the public were wondering whether anyone really needed a third computing device, Jobs was remarkably clear-sighted about what...

A literary precedent for the blog: the feuilleton
January 21, 2015 | 2:25 pm

For all those writers and pundits who bemoan, à la Jonathan Franzen, the superficiality, triviality, and general lack of gut-busting seriousness of blogs, Facebook, and social media, it might do some good for them to recall one of the most well-tried literary modes of the last two centuries that just happens to bear a strong resemblance to modern online effusions: the feuilleton. And god forbid, it might even qualify as a genuine literary form and precedent. The 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica defines it as follows: "FEUILLETON (a diminutive of the Fr. feuillet, the leaf of a book), originally a...

Morning Links: Scalzi on subscriptions. 2014 a big year for cloud
December 29, 2014 | 8:54 am

scalzi on subscriptions9 Reasons for Optimism for the Future of Journalism Education (Media Shift) Back in October, I delivered opening remarks at the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Green Shoots in Journalism Education event. I said I can be accused of donning rose-colored glasses, of seeing the curricular glass as at least half full. *** New Kobo eReader to Have a Wacom Display (GoodeReader) I have heard various rumors coming out of Taiwan that the new Kobo Aura HD will be using a specialized version of Wacam called “WILL.” *** Subscription Model Squabbles (John Scalzi) So, authors, you’ll all remember when, in the middle of the Amazon-Hachette spit-fight, I noted...

GamerGate Zoe Quinn rape story self-published, pulled from Amazon
December 19, 2014 | 11:46 pm

ethicsgameI can’t say I ever expected to have an excuse to write about GamerGate here on TeleRead. The movement generally hasn’t had anything to do directly with e-books. Until now. TechCrunch carries the story of a 3,000 word e-book posted for sale on Amazon, in which five men rape a “controversial video game designer” named “Zada Quinby”—a very thinly-veiled Zoe Quinn, the game developer who has been the focus of many of GamerGate’s attacks. Lest there be any doubt, the book had “#GamerGape” (sic) in its title. The e-book has since been taken down, but the...

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: Five small presses killing it. Pelican relaunched with few links to the past
November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

pelican books logoIn Relaunching Pelican Books, Penguin Breaks With the Past in Pursuit of a Digital Future (The Digital Reader) But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one small modernization the new Pelican Books bears little resemblance to the old. *** Five Small Presses That Are Absolutely Killing It (Book Riot) Because the scale of production precludes scoring huge names to add to their catalogs, small presses often have the advantage of finding really interesting books by fresh voices that may have gone unnoticed...

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.
November 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

clickbaitGift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted to them. *** eBooks Take Hold in Schools---Slowly (The Digital Shift) Sixty-six percent of schools nationwide offer ebooks, up from 54 percent in 2013, and overall, the figure is steadily growing, according to School Library Journal’s fifth annual “Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries” report. *** Barnes & Noble...

Birthday writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut
November 11, 2014 | 3:15 pm

VonnegutCelebrated U.S. science fiction and all-round weird writer Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th, 1922, and to mark the occasion, some sites have been running birthday tributes, including his tips to other writers. For Vonnegut was an articulate and direct advisor to aspirants, in a style almost as straightforward and unadorned as his prose, distilled in his "How to Write With Style," available in full online, and summarized as follows: 1. Find a subject you care about 2. Do not ramble, though 3. Keep it simple 4. Have guts to cut 5. Sound like yourself 6. Say what you mean 7. Pity the readers On top of...

Morning Links: Reading on a smartphone: availability bias? Resuscitating Enhanced eBooks
November 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

smartphoneIs Reading eBooks on your Smartphone a Product of Availability Bias? (GoodeReader) Availability bias is a human cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the probability of events associated with memorable or vivid occurrences. *** Social Media and Breaking News: Why Authenticity Trumps Authority Almost Every Time (GigaOM) When it comes to breaking news events, many people are willing to overlook the fact that some of the reports they are getting might not be verified or 100-percent accurate, in return for the immediacy and authenticity that comes with a report from someone close to the action. *** How did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy #1?...

How big media helped break the Jian Ghomeshi story
November 3, 2014 | 2:26 pm

Jian GhomeshiThe Jian Ghomeshi story continues to be big news here in the Great White North. Nine women are now making allegations against the former CBC Radio star, and two of them have given their names. Canada seldom embraces big stories like this, and it's been morbidly fascinating for the former journalism student in me to watch the coverage develop. One of the most interesting angles I have seen on the coverage was this excellent profile in Toronto Life profiling Jesse Brown, the indie journalist who first broke the story. Brown had been trying to get a job as a 'media critic'...