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Weekend Links: Harper Lee’s agent disputes elder abuse claim. Publishers posted solid 2014 gains
March 15, 2015 | 11:18 am

harper leePublishers Posted Solid 2014 Sales Gains (PW) Driven by gains in the children’s/young adult and K–12 instructional materials segments, publishers’ sales hit $15.72 billion in 2014, up 4.9% over the previous year, according to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program. *** Self-Publishing Erotica: If You Write It, There is an Audience for It (GoodeReader) Yes, this is the world of self-published erotica, and in the race to garner readers’ attention (and their money), authors are writing more and more fantastical tales starring some of the most bizarre main characters ever written. *** Harper Lee's Agent Disputes Claims of Elder Abuse (GalleyCat) Alabama state officials opened...

Morning Links: The importance of routines, Twitter tackles revenge porn
March 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

twitterBusiness Musings: The Importance of Routines (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) For almost two years, Dean has blogged nightly about his writing routine, pointing out to writers around the world that a writing career isn’t about pushing. It’s about a regular routine, almost clockwork in its repetitiveness. *** Google Now Puts Press Releases in Top Spot in News Search Results (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Reuters was the first to notice the change, and they report that a Google spokesperson confirmed that the change had been made in September. *** Twitter Alters its Rules to Tackle Revenge Porn (Techdirt) Twitter's CEO admitted last month that his platform "sucks at dealing...

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...

Morning Links: Lessons learned while writing. Publishers left behind on mobile
March 11, 2015 | 9:00 am

writing10 Things I Learned While Writing my Last Book (Austin Kleon) My third book Show Your Work! came out a year ago. I kept a diary while writing the book, but it’s too painful and embarrassing to share in full. So here’s a list of lessons I learned while writing it, adapted from a series of tweets… *** Publishers Getting Left Behind on Mobile (Digital Book World) The change I’m talking took place just a few weeks ago, on February 26, when Google announced that on April 21 it will be rolling out a new version of its search algorithm, which determines what shows...

Morning Links: Unplugging your kids. What’s up and down with eBooks
March 10, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooks judgingFarewell, GigaOM: Tech News Powerhouse Shutting Down (Mashable) San Francisco-based tech blog GigaOm, a widely-respected name in the industry for nearly a decade, is shutting down for want of funding, according to its founder. *** How to Unplug Your Kids Despite Schools Pushing Tech with Common Core (MediaShift) The American Society of Pediatrics’ most recent guidelines for media use among children note that lots of kids are spending seven hours or more a day looking at a screen. *** So What's Up (and Down) with eBooks? (Dear Author) So now that Hachette and Amazon have settled their epic feud, and we’re seeing the results of publisher...

Morning Links: Apple making iPads in classrooms easier. More on Little Free libraries
March 9, 2015 | 9:00 am

ipads in classroomsHow My Little Free Library Became Self-Sustaining (Book Riot) The reality of running a Little Free Library is often much less bright and cheery. A lot of the books that get put in aren’t anything anyone would want to take. *** How I Manage my Creative Process on an 11-Inch Macbook Air (GigaOM) I decided to get an Air for myself and hand down my 15-inch MacBook Pro. Wins all around. *** Self-Publishing Lets Women Break Book Industry's Glass Ceiling, Survey Finds (The Guardian) While men still dominate the traditional books world, among DIY writers women are publishing and selling more. *** Apple is Going to Make...

Weekend Links: iPhone is a great watch. Kobo Aura HD discontinued
March 8, 2015 | 12:10 pm

Kobo Aura HDApple is Going to Make it Easier to Put iPads in Classrooms (Ink, Bits & Pixels) The company plans to reduce the number of steps needed to set up an iPad by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID. *** Why My iPhone is the Best Watch I've Ever Owned (GigaOM) My iPhone is more important to me as a time piece than it is an actual phone. Here’s why. *** Kobo Aura HD is Officially Discontinued (GoodeReader) Kobo has officially discontinued the Aura HD e-reader which was the first 6.8 inch device the company had ever launched. *** Tips for...

Morning Links: More on VAT. Is our concept of “well read” elitist?
March 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

vatIs Our Concept of 'Well-Read' Elitist? (Book Riot) For quite a while now, I have been thinking about what it means when we say that someone is well-read. *** EU Court Rules eBooks Aren’t eBooks, Orders Tax Rates Increased (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Following a several year long legal battle, the ECJ ruled that France and Luxembourg were wrong to lower the VAT they charged on ebooks. *** Amazon eBooks Once Again Available in U.S. Libraries (GoodeReader) Overdrive has been engulfed in a massive technical issue that made thousands of Kindle e-books unavailable to libraries. *** Mind the (Diversity) Gap in Kid's Digital Media (Teachers with Apps) Amidst the flurry...

Morning Links: Some eBooks are hacking you. Pubslush NaNoWriMo grant
March 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

6937238953_ab83e78554_mSome eBooks are Hacking You (GoodeReader) According to research done by Android Police, Google Play Books contains a number of books billed as guides for popular games –each one promising cracked Android application packages (APKs). Of course, it is too good to be true... *** Data Might be the New Oil, but a lot of us Just Need Gasoline (GigaOM) One of the biggest tropes in the era of big data is that data is the new oil. *** Pubslush Foundation Gives Grant to Nanowrimo (GalleyCat) The Pubslush Foundation revealed a new grant for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). *** 13 Delicious Comics about Cooking and Eating (PW) Since cooking...

Morning Links: Barnes & Noble partnering with Author Solution. Bookish YouTube tutorials
March 4, 2015 | 9:00 am

Author SolutionsJRR Tolkien falls off children's most popular books list (The Guardian) Annual What Kids Are Reading report sees dystopian fantasy and larger-than-life comedies dominate, with John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars the most popular title in secondary schools and David Walliams’s Demon Dentist the favourite book of primary schoolchildren. *** Barnes & Noble Crawls Into Bed with Author Solutions (Ink, Bits & Pixels) David Gaughran just posted a screenshot of the agreement between B&N and its writers using the service. *** 10 Bookish YouTube Tutorials (Book Riot) Feeling the itch to get your craft on, or just want to change up your routine? Get some inspiration...

Morning Links: Why Warren Adler went indie. Why authors and reader still want print
March 3, 2015 | 9:00 am

warren adler book treadmillHow Curriculum Innovation Works (or Doesn't) (Media Shift) I worry whether, over the long term, academic graduate programs can be counted on to provide the education and training that is so desperately needed for our profession to thrive. *** Why Authors and Readers Still Want Print (Digital Book World) The latest Pew Internet Research study found that e-reading is indeed on the rise but eclipsed by the continuing popularity of print. *** Digital Is the Only Strategy To Save News Outlets (GoodeReader) In an interesting juxtaposition in how ebooks were slow to “save” libraries, digital newspapers haven’t been the “hit the ground running” salvation of newspapers,...

Morning Links: Is your business a hobby? Konrath on copyright
March 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

copyrightIs Your Business Just a Hobby? (The Simple Dollar) It makes a big difference to the IRS. Here's how to distinguish the two. *** On Copyright Again (Joe Konrath) Last summer I wrote about the need to reform copyright. The points I made then are still relevant and valid, but I wanted to add a bit to it based on some comments in my last blog post. *** Amazon Kindle Voyage vs Kobo Aura (GoodeReader) Today, we put them both head to head to give you a sense of the best value for your money. *** Why 2015 is the Year of Encryption (GigaOM) Obama isn’t alone; everyone is calling...