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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...

Two cheers for World Book Day?
March 5, 2015 | 10:25 am

I shouldn't be remotely snarky about the UK World Book Day, perhaps. After all, any initiative that promotes books and reading in a country whose literacy and reading levels besmirch its cultural and economic status is welcome. "Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 14 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland)," says the site. Fine, but why not books for adults? And...

Read More Books This Year
March 4, 2015 | 12:25 pm

read more books this yearThis article has been making the blog rounds, with a deliciously simple idea to motivate you to read more books this year: aim for 10% of a book every day. The article points out that Kindles and other e-devices make it so easy to track your progress, that 10% is a manageable chunk (you can split it into two 5% sessions if you want to) and that many books, when you factor in the index and end matter, aren't even 100% long anyway. These are all good points, and its an interesting idea. But it's a little simplistic for my taste; some...

Morning Links: Handling the Pinterest problem. Holes in security on cheap kid’s tablets
February 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

PinterestHere's How One Marketing Firm is Handling the Pinterest Problem (GigaOM) Making the most of the site’s reach takes more than just a promoted pin — brands need a marketing strategy that taps into all of Pinterest’s qualities. *** The Security on Cheap Kid's Tablets Has More Holes Than Swiss Cheese (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Bluebox shocked no one last November when they revealed that cheap Android tablets came with bonus security problems, and this security firm is back again this week with a report which shows that cheap kid's tablets are just as ridden with security issues. *** Reading Authors Not Like Me (John Scalzi) I’ve...

Morning Links: Novels must be a particular length? Reading with depression
February 16, 2015 | 9:04 am

novelsKilling Even More Sacred Cows of Publishing: #1… Novels Must Be A Certain Length (Dean Wesley Smith) You hear this myth spouted from almost every blog or young author or young editor at one point or another. The writers spouting this myth all go on about how a novel doesn’t have value, readers won’t like it, the author won’t feel complete unless the novel they write is at least 80,000 words long or longer. *** Reading, Depression, and Me (BookRiot) For long periods of my life, hitting low points meant turning to books, rather than turning away from them. I could sit down on...

Weekend Links: Snow day reading. A day in the life of a devoted Apple user
February 15, 2015 | 10:43 am

snow day reading10 Strategies for Snow Day Reading (Book Riot) A snow day may mean working from home, wrangling restless kids, or a long binge-watching session on Netflix. But if you decide to go the reading route for your snow day, here are 10 ways to make it work and keep cabin fever at bay. *** Digital Publishers Turning Away from Replica Magazines (GoodeReader) Digital magazines and newspapers have long fallen victim to the replica syndrome that once plagued ebooks. As mere digital copies of the print original, these versions simply weren’t taking advantage of all that the technology had to offer. *** Librivox Wants You to...

The new reading position is quick march?
February 8, 2015 | 2:26 pm

For those concerned with the health effects of their sedentary reading habits, a new study could be inspiring. And although it's specifically about work habits, its application to reading should be obvious. The study, by a joint team from the Tech3lab, HEC Montreal, and the OU Price College of Business, set up an experiment "in which participants either sat or walked while they read a text and received emails. Afterward, all participants performed a task to evaluate their attention and memory. Behavioral, neurophysiological, and perceptual evidence showed that participants who walked had a short-term increase in memory and attention, indicating that the...

Quick Reads finds snack-reading between meals can refresh the synapses other opiates can’t reach
February 6, 2015 | 12:25 pm

UK reading advocacy program Quick Reads - operating in partnership with Galaxy Chocolate - has shared a new research study revealing "that those who read for just 30 minutes per week are 20% more likely to be satisfied with their lives." Dr. Josie Billington at The University of Liverpool produced research to help demonstrate that "readers are 21% less likely to report feelings of depression and 10% more likely to report good self-esteem versus non-readers, equipping them with a greater ability to cope with everyday life." The research has been produced in conjunction with the release of the 2015 Galaxy® Quick Reads’...

Morning Links: eBooks that are better than print versions. More on reading diversely
February 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThree Direct-to-Consumer Steps Every Publisher Can Take (Digital Book World) In this post I’ll break down the components of a direct-to-consumer operation that gives readers a clear, compelling reason to buy directly from you as well as the means to do so: discovery; e-commerce and fulfillment; and engagement. *** Reading Diversely FAQ, Part 4 (Book Riot) I don’t want to start this out on a sour note, but I’m going to say this so we all understand: This-is-not-political. *** Where Libraries Are Sited Is As Important As What They Do? (Brave New World) So what has the changing retail habits and property mix got to do with...

Weekend Links: Should writers be open about income? Fighting a book slump
February 1, 2015 | 11:20 am

book slumpShould Writers be More Open About Their Income? (GalleyCat) Writing books may be one’s most important work in life, but it is not always the easiest way to pay the bills. *** Canadians Can't Watch 'Real' Superbowl Commercials (Techdirt) The process is known under CRTC regulation as "simultaneous substitution"...So, whenever a U.S. station is showing the same program as a Canadian channel, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires that upon request the cable or satellite provider must switch the American feed over so that the Canadian commercials are visible and the broadcasters’ rights deals are upheld. *** Canadian Indies Report a Positive 2014 (PW) Independent bookstores...

The Great Media Filtering Project of 2015
January 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

amazon_wishlistIn today's Morning Links, I shared a GigaOM article on media habits. Meanwhile, on the other side of the internet was this Lifehacker story on how to cull an over-run Netflix queue. It seems media filtering is on people's minds! The GigaOM article sums it up thusly: "Creating web content is incredibly easy — but filtering content is really hard." And that is as true for books as it is for click bait, Netflix queues, or any other media type. So, if we agree that 'filtering' is a problem, what can we do about it? Our fine friends at Lifehacker have...

Weekend Links: Don’t blame readers for book devaluing. Oscar movie piracy
January 25, 2015 | 9:52 am

oscar movie piracyDon’t Blame Readers If Books Are Being “Devalued” (Book Riot) If you hang out on the bookternet at all, you have no doubt seen one or more pearl-clutching declarations that books are losing their value–especially ebooks, which you can get for as little as NINETY-NINE CENTS (omg)–which is putting literature in great peril. *** Analysis Of Pirated Oscar Movies Shows They're Almost All Available... In HD (And Not From Screeners) (Techdirt) There are some interesting findings in the data, including that screener copies don't matter much any more. *** This Explains Why No Men Were Using Pinterest (GigaOM) If you ever wondered why Pinterest took off...

EIBF launches #mynextread campaign and hashtag
January 22, 2015 | 2:25 pm

mynextread The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the "non-commercial European and International umbrella association representing national Booksellers' Associations and booksellers over the world," has just launched the My Next Read (#mynextread) campaign, inviting readers to "Inspire Europe. Share #mynextread." The campaign urges them to "Snap yourself with the cover of your next read, don’t be shy," then "Share: Post it to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook profile tagged as #mynextread." And finally, "Inspire: You’re now inspiring fellow readers across Europe at mynextread.eu." The campaign is yoked together on the My Next Read website with the EIBF's Book Charter, which also urges...

Morning Links: Reading diversely. Audiobooks benefiting from podcast boom?
January 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

audiobooksReading Diversely FAQ, Part 2 (Book Riot) It’s no secret that diversity in reading is an important value at Book Riot. We write about it so often, in fact, that we’ve noticed that the same questions come up again and again from our readers in the comment sections of those posts... *** Are Audiobooks Benefitting From the Current Podcast Boom? (Simon Owens) Did you hear the news? Podcasts, once a niche product, are now “booming.” Due partially to the success of Serial, the This American Life spin-off podcast reinvestigating a 1999 murder in Baltimore, the medium has now made its way into the “cultural...

Morning Links: Amazon enters feature film business. Print subscription content doomed?
January 20, 2015 | 9:05 am

amazonSo Shall You Reap? Success and ‘Investment’ at #DBW15 (Writer Unboxed) What do we expect in return for heavy investment in our work? What do we expect a publisher to invest? *** Why Your Spotify or Netflix for Print Content is Probably Doomed (GigaOM) The latest comes from Magzter, a company that is offering an all-you-can-read subscription to a universe of 2,000 magazines for $9.99 a month. *** Amazon Enters the Feature Film Business (GoodeReader) Post-production takes a fraction of the time it used to. So what does all of this mean? Companies like Amazon have the opportunity and the option of producing their own feature films. *** The...

Morning Links: Making a ToC in Evernote. Manga 80% of books sales in Japan
January 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

productivityWhy Marketing Giant Seth Godin Went Indie (IndieReader) Godin’s latest book, The Icarus Deception, argues that we’ve been brainwashed by industrial propaganda, and pushes us to stand out, not to fit in. *** Manga Accounts for 80% of All Digital Book Sales in Japan (GoodeReader) In the last year, new research has reported that manga accounts for 80% of all digital book sales in Japan. *** Can Learning to Read Too Young Backfire? (GalleyCat) Many studies have pointed to the benefits of reading to children from birth, but can teaching kids to read too early backfire? *** Make a Table of Contents in Evernote for Easy Access to...

Morning Links: Best touchscreen gloves. Reading diversely
January 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

touchscreen glovesSix Best Touchscreen Gloves (Lifehacker) Here are the six pair of touchscreen gloves you swiped right the most on, and now it's time to find a winner. Hurry up, it's freezing. *** Overdrive: eBook Checkouts Up 33% (Library Journal) Public and school libraries that are part of OverDrive’s global network circulated 137 million ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other digital media in 2014—a 33 percent increase compared with 2013, according to statistics released by the company. *** New York City Backs Off School Cell Phone Bans... (Techdirt) Fast forward nearly a decade and Mayor de Blasio -- the first New York City Mayor in city history to have...

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