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Aretha Franklin sues satire site over viral fake news story
April 17, 2014 | 4:09 am

aretha-21If you spend much time on social media, you’ve seen those stories show up in your friend feed—a satirical piece that someone assumed was true. Sometimes it’s easy to catch, if it comes from a known satire site like The Onion or Duffelblog (though Duffelblog may not be as familiar to people who don’t have a lot of ex-military social media friends). But if it’s an unfamiliar site, the stories can sometimes seem believable enough that you believe them yourself for a bit. (It’s especially common around April Fools Day, but thanks to sites like this, it’s now...

Print Dead at 1,803
July 27, 2013 | 1:51 pm

print  NEW YORK—Sources close to print, the method of applying ink to paper in order to convey information to a mass audience, have confirmed that the declining medium passed away early Thursday morning. The influential means of communication was 1,803. Print, which had for nearly two millennia worked tirelessly to spread knowledge around the globe in the form of books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and numerous other textual materials, reportedly succumbed to its long battle with ill health, leaving behind legions of readers who had for years benefited from the dissemination of ideas made possible by the advent of printed materials. Reaction to print’s tragic...

Is the Vampire Weekend classified ad proof that print is approaching its retro-cool tipping point?
February 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

Vampire Weekend The Approval MatrixI about wet myself after opening up the February 18 issue of New York magazine, after which I immediately flipped to the often imitated (but never duplicated) Approval Matrix. There it was, right down in the furthest corner of the Brilliant/Lowbrow axis: Liberal-arts rockers Vampire Weekend show their allegiance to print by announcing their new album title in the N.Y. Times classifieds. Don't get me wrong: I realize we're all media-savvy enough to recognize this sort of thing as a clever marketing ploy, and nothing more. But therein lies the basis of my excitement ... and the overarching point of this post. Let me...

Morning Links — Tips for self-publishers
January 21, 2013 | 8:55 am

5 Top Tips for Approaching Book Reviewers (Rachel in the OC) Self-Publishing Success Stories: The Anatomy of a Kindle Bestseller (The Creative Penn) More Kids Read E-Books But What Do They Retain? (Digital Book World) The Onion Gets Into eSingles With Joe Biden Autobiography (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deals: While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull (and others)...

Does Apple Own the Digital Page Turn or Doesn’t It?
November 20, 2012 | 7:05 pm

By Brian Howard | for Book Business On Friday afternoon, The New York Times' Nick Bilton posted an item on the paper's Bits blog entitled "Apple Now Owns The Page Turn," citing U.S. Patent D670,713. Incredulous, Bilton wrote: This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application. Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner...

Onion article produces unwanted publicity for California Parenting Institute
November 1, 2011 | 2:31 am

The Onion is a terrific on-line satire magazine that is almost always good for a chuckle. But perhaps the best chuckle of all comes from people unfamiliar with the Onion encountering its stories out of context and taking them seriously. One of the best known examples of that is the Onion article claiming Harry Potter got kids into Satanism, but there have been others. Recently, the Onion posted an article claiming that “every style of parenting produces disturbed, miserable adults.” It attributed this finding to a (fictitious) study done by the (real) California Parenting Institute of Santa Rosa. And,...

New exclusive Kindle content: The Onion book collections
December 9, 2010 | 11:01 am

download.jpegFrom the press release: (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced the national newspaper and website the Onion has created five e-Book collections exclusively for the Kindle Store ( These collections, presented by the Onion --"America's Finest Tech News," "Chronicles of the Area Man," "The Finest Reporting on Literature, Media, and Other Dying Art Forms," "The Best of Jim Anchower," "The Best of Herbert Kornfeld"--are $2.99 and will be exclusive to the Kindle Store for one year. "Our customers are fans of books bythe Onion in print format, and the Onion is one of our most popular Kindle Periodicals," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President,...

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