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Lonely Planet e-book travel guides now on Scribd
April 17, 2014 | 10:25 am

lonely planetThe popular Lonely Planet travel guide e-books have headed to Scribd. The e-book subscription service let customers know about the newest addition through email. When I think of e-book subscriptions, I tend to imagine a digital library with thousands of titles ready for me to read. I think more along the lines of fiction titles and perhaps memoirs and biographies. But the addition of a Lonely Planet makes it seem as though e-book subscriptions can also be used as a reference tool for the price of $8.99 a month. Having guides such as Lonely Planet at your fingertips seems useful especially for travelers. Scribd...

Customers use Amazon Mayday button in unique ways
April 13, 2014 | 1:11 pm

Amazon MayDay Kindle Fire HDX owners may have used the Amazon Mayday button for assistance with their gadget, but not everyone is looking for technical help with their devices. In a letter from Jeff Bezos to shareholders on Thursday, Bezos recounted some of the more interesting ways customers have used the ‘Mayday’ button. - Mayday Tech Advisors have had 35 marriage proposals - 475 customers have asked to talk to ‘Amy,’ the Mayday television personality - 109 customers asked for help in ordering a pizza (Pizza Hut was the slim favorite over Domino’s) - 44 Mayday advisors have sung happy birthday to customers - There were 648 instances...

The Guardian creates monthly literary prize for self-published authors
April 9, 2014 | 12:30 pm

guardianThe Guardian has created a new monthly literary prize for self-published authors. The newspaper is joining publisher Legend Times to find the best writing from self-published writers. The contest is open to novels written in English (translations also welcome). The submissions will be read by a panel of Legend’s readers, according to The Guardian. Ten titles will be short-listed from submissions and then be read by judges who will pick the monthly winner. The judges include literary agent Andrew Lownie, Legend Press's commissioning editor Lauren Parsons, author Stuart Evers, and HarperCollins author Polly Courtney "We are hoping to be a magnet to find the...

Six reasons to use a pen name
April 6, 2014 | 12:08 pm

mynameispenname When an author publishes a book, they need to make a decision before the book hits the market. Do they want to use a pen name? Here are six reasons why a writer may want to use a pen name. 1. You write erotica: There is nothing wrong with writing in the genre, but writers may want to choose a pen name because they don’t want close friends or relatives to know. They may want to hide that book from dear old dad. 2. You write under different genres: If an author writes under several genres, they may want to use a different name...

Can we trust that selfie?
April 4, 2014 | 2:21 pm

What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama pic.twitter.com/y5Ww74sEID — David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014 Twice in the last month, two popular selfies were torpedoed across social media. First, it was Ellen DeGeneres’ picture at the Oscars and, most recently, Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz took a selfie with President Barack Obama. The Red Sox visited the White House on Wednesday to celebrate their World Series victory last year, as all professional sports team do in this country. Ortiz’s selfie generated plenty of attention even more than a day after it was taken because it was revealed that it was a big marketing...

Blogging for children: some practical considerations
March 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm

blogging for children Last Saturday, I spent the morning talking to children aged 8-12 about blogging for a writing workshop. I know about blogging. I have too many of them. However, I had to figure out what to tell a bunch of kids about it. First thing, I told them to make sure to ask their parents’ permission about everything they want to put online. Once I was done with that, my research turned up a number of blogs that are actually run by kids. I was fascinated. I didn’t realize so many children were out there writing blogs. The best part about the blogs was...

Should authors use Snapchat to target a younger audience?
March 28, 2014 | 10:30 am

snapchatSnapchat may get some bad connotations when thinking about the social media platform, but a number of brands have seen past the poor stigma and leveraged the platform for their benefit. Young adult authors and publishers may consider doing the same. For those who don't know about Snapchat, it's an app that allows users to share photos and videos that last anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds before it disappears. The negative attention to the app had to do with sexting. In this article on Brand Driven Digital, Nick Westergaard gives Snapchat a look and explains why it matters. Here's why young adult...

Have we forgotten the value of a book?
March 26, 2014 | 12:24 pm

value of a bookWhen we look at buying a book, it seems many are caught up in the price – thinking: ‘Can I get this cheaper online? How much is Amazon selling it? Why can’t I get this ebook free?’ The value of books has taken a dive over the last couple of years. We have become obsessed with trying to read as much as possible by spending the least amount of money. Yet, we don’t take into account the value of what we are getting out of a book. A good book offers about four hours of entertainment. A great book will present even...

NYPL launches new book recommendation tool online
March 24, 2014 | 1:53 pm

book recommendation toolThe New York Public Library has introduced a book recommendation tool for its online catalog. The recommendations will factor in searches by the user using tags and keywords, according to Gigaom. The NYPL has partnered with Zola Books’ Bookish. The recommendations will be based on book data instead of user data. If a user searches for a specific book, they will get a list of recommendations based on factors of that book (not the user) The NYPL had offered recommendations based on titles other users were interested in. This change will gear books more toward the individual user rather than what’s popular now. This...

Spritz wants to help you read faster — and might even help those with reading disorders
March 12, 2014 | 5:25 pm

As you look at all those books on your to-read list, you might think to yourself that there has to be a quicker way to get through them all. Argh! If only I read faster. Spritz is hoping to help you with that. The Boston-based group is working on speed-reading technology, which I first read about on The Passive Voice. While Paul covered this story a few weeks ago, there's been lots more media coverage of it since. Seems it's quite popular on the tech blogs. Glancing through the comments on Passive Voice, however, it seems not everyone is thrilled with the new...

Amazon.de introduces German-language publishing program
March 12, 2014 | 4:30 pm

amazon.deAmazon is entering the German-language market. The company announced a new German-language publishing program under the Amazon Publishing umbrella. Amazon.de will get German-language fiction to be published for the Kindle and print. “We’ve been delighted with the reader response to the German translations released by Amazon Publishing, and are excited to have Publisher Sarah Tomashek and her team in Munich supporting our efforts to bring great works written in German to a wider audience,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President of Kindle, EU in a release. There are three titles that will be introduced with the spring debut including Klang der Gezeiten...

Too busy to read? Rooster is the app for that
March 12, 2014 | 10:25 am

Too busy to read a book? There’s an app for that. Plympton, a digital startup, unveiled Rooster on Monday, an iPhone app that will send short, timed installments to readers who are on the go, according to Mashable. Rooster will divide books into 15-minute installments. Readers can decide when to get the update and how often. One of the other settings is that Rooster will also recommend books to read. “Like your trusted friend who always has great recommendations, we take the guesswork out of choosing your next read,” the company wrote on its website. “Each month, we pair our contemporary selection with a classic....