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Morning Links: Overdrive acquired by Rakuten. Raising kids who read
March 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

overdrive librariesOverdrive Acquired by Rakuten, Owners of Kobo (GoodeReader) Tokyo-based Rakuten, Inc., one of the world’s largest internet service companies, has acquired OverDrive in what is another in a long line of acquisitions dedicated to increasing the global footprint of companies, adding reading focus to its practices, and extending itself into new markets. *** How to Raise Kids Who Read (GalleyCat) Want to raise a child who loves reading? Daniel Willingham, author of the book Raising Kids Who Read recommends making reading “the most appealing thing a child can do.” *** 2015 PEN Longlists Revealed (PW) PEN American Center announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary...

Morning Links: 8 Apple features you might not use. KU payouts up; lending down
March 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

appleHow Long Does it Take to Read Popular Books? (Personal Creations) We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed, 300 words per minute. *** Eight Apple Features You Probably Never Use (Re/Code) This week, I rounded up eight examples of these to make sure you remember that Apple is … human. *** Black Authors and Self-Publishing (School Library Journal) I am a Black feminist writer committed to social justice. I write stories about Black children and teens, but within the children’s literature...

Morning Links: Organizing library books, Culture of Reading or Buying?
March 17, 2015 | 9:00 am

library booksHow I Organize Our Library Books (From 9 Different Sources) (Book Riot) Our home is a veritable borrowed book disaster. Each human occupant of our apartment (there are four of us) has their own New York Public Library card. My two daughters go to different schools, and we have library cards from each one. *** A Culture of Reading, or a Culture of Buying? (Dear Author) Last week’s post on digital book prices for commercial fiction engendered a lot of great responses, reflecting some really passionate opinions on how books are priced and how readers make their purchasing decisions. *** The Long Story Behind...

Morning Links: Amazon friend or foe? It’s complicated. Worst ebook cover art
March 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

amazonThe Worst eBook Cover Art- March 2015 (GoodeReader) Self-published authors normally forgo the expense of hiring a professional graphics designer to do their e-book cover art and elect to do it themselves. Sometimes it works out, but most of the time the end result can make you shake your head in disdain. *** Copyright and Open Textbooks: The Case of Boundless (The Scholarly Kitchen) Third, whether Boundless is successful as a company in the long run doesn’t matter very much. What does matter is whether this model proves out in concept—meaning whether Boundless books prove popular with students. *** Asking Whether Amazon is Friend or Foe...

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...