Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts

Saturday, June 23, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 23 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
23 June 2018


Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

The World’s Most Beautiful Bookstores by Brianne Alphonso for Electric Literature
These bucket-list bookshops are worth planning an international trip around.

The World’s Most Beautiful Bookstores by Brianne Alphonso for Electric Literature


Authors including A. A. Dhand, Steph Cha, and Alex Segura explain how they are broadening the horizons of a traditionally very white genre.

Unusual Suspects: The Writers Diversifying Detective Fiction by David Barnett for The Guardian


5 Things To Include When Building Characters by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna Simpson gives us an insight into how she builds her characters.

5 Things To Include When Building Characters by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Goodreads asked avid readers Dan Schwent, Julie Ehlers, Bill Kerwin, and Kathy Habel for advice. These pros have read more than 100 books a year, so of course they asked them for their recommendations as well.

Hot Reading Challenge Tips from Pros Who Read More Than 100 Books a Year by Marie for Goodreads Blog


And this article in response:
It's pretty obvious that slogging through a book you’re not enjoying can be a long, tedious, and obviously boring task that is keeping you from books you will actually enjoy and would probably read much faster. So why do we insist on finishing every book we've started?

The Key To Finishing & Enjoying More Books Is Actually Remarkably Simple by Kerri Jarema for Bustle


Kid Lit Campaign Rallies Against Immigration Horrors by Shannon Maughan for Publishers Weekly
As it has done many times before in the face of injustice, crisis, or tragedy affecting kids and families, the children’s literature community is banding together to rally support for a cause. The newest campaign is called Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages, a response to the horrifying scenes being depicted in the news of immigrant parents and children being separated at the southern border of the United States.

Kid Lit Campaign Rallies Against Immigration Horrors by Shannon Maughan for Publishers Weekly


From ‘hammajang’ to ‘munted’, lexicographers have issued a worldwide call for regionally distinctive words to define.

Oxford English Dictionary Extends Hunt For Regional Words Around The World by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Vatican Gets Back Stolen Columbus Letter, But Case Remains A Whodunit by Elisabetta Povoledo for The New York Times
A 15th-century copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus that had been forged and stolen was returned to the Vatican on Thursday.

Vatican Gets Back Stolen Columbus Letter, But Case Remains A Whodunit by Elisabetta Povoledo for The New York Times


Geraldine McCaughrean, accepting the award for Where the World Ends, warned that restricting the language children read risks creating a future underclass who are ‘easy to manipulate’.

Carnegie Medal Winner Slams Children’s Book Publishers For ‘Accessible’ Prose by Alison Flood for The Guardian


The 2017 VIDA Count by Amy Kind and Sarah Clark for VIDA Women in Literary Arts
Each year, volunteers from across the country dedicate thousands of combined hours to tally the gender disparity in major literary publications and book reviews. They break down thirty-nine literary journals and well-respected periodicals, tallying genre, book reviewers, books reviewed, and journalistic bylines to offer an accurate assessment of the publishing world. Here are the latest results.

The 2017 VIDA Count by Amy Kind and Sarah Clark for VIDA Women in Literary Arts


Audiobooks Generated $2.8 Billion In 2017 by Michael Kozlowski for Goodereader
Audiobook sales generated $2.8 billion dollars in the United States in 2017 and this is an increase of up 22.7% over 2016, and with a corresponding 21.5% increase in units. This continues the six-year audiobook trend of double-digit growth year over year.

Audiobooks Generated $2.8 Billion in 2017 by Michael Kozlowski for Goodereader


And more on audiobooks:
UCL study backed by Audible finds unconscious responses to the same book scenes, witnessed in adaptations across different media, are strongest in the auditory format.

Listen And Weep: ‘Audiobooks Outdo Films In Emotional Engagement’ by Alison Flood for The Guardian


12 Famous Authors At Work With Their Dogs by Emily Temple for Literary Hub
Check out these images of the most literary Take Your Dog to Work Day.

12 Famous Authors At Work With Their Dogs by Emily Temple for Literary Hub


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 16 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
16 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 16 June 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

In remembrance of Orwell, who was born 115 years ago this month, here are 13 facts about his life that may surprise you.

13 Surprising Facts About George Orwell by Emily Petsko


Here’s How To Finish Anything You Start by Alice E. M. Underwood for Grammarly Blog
Here are specific tips and tricks to pass the tough spot and finish different kinds of tasks.

Here’s How To Finish Anything You Start by Alice E. M. Underwood for Grammarly Blog


Booted From The Bookstore by John Biggs for TechCrunch
Chance Carter was one of the biggest abusers of the KDP system.

Booted From The Bookstore by John Biggs for TechCrunch


In Laurie Halse Anderson’s new book, Shout, she writes not only about her own experience as a rape victim but also about the pain and heartache readers have shared with her in the two decades since Speak appeared.

Laurie Halse Anderson Shocked Readers With A Book About Rape. She’s At It Again by Nora Krug for The Washington Post


Episode 92 – How To Take Your Readers From Strangers To Superfans podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris interviews author David Gaughran about his new book, Strangers To Superfans. In the show Chris calls this “possibly the best book marketing book ever,” a must-read for authors at every level.

Episode 92 – How To Take Your Readers From Strangers To Superfans podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


Why You Should Become A “Library Tourist” by Katherine Martinko for TreeHugger
Why not engage in library tourism?

Why You Should Become A “Library Tourist” by Katherine Martinko for TreeHugger


When Diversity Means Uniformity by Lionel Shriver for The Spectator
Lionel Shriver attacks Penguin publisher's inclusion policy.

When Diversity Means Uniformity by Lionel Shriver for The Spectator


Followed by this:
Penguin Random House has responded to the novelist’s criticisms, saying it aims to “reflect the society in which we live”.

Publisher Defends Diversity Drive After Lionel Shriver's Attack by Alison Flood for The Guardian


And this:
An Open Letter To Lionel Shriver by WriteNow mentees for The Bookseller
The inaugural cohort of writers from the Penguin Random House WriteNow scheme challenge Shriver on her comments.

An Open Letter To Lionel Shriver by WriteNow mentees for The Bookseller


Maryland prison officials have reversed a statewide policy that limited access to books for thousands of inmates as part of an effort to reduce drug smuggling.

In A reversal, Md. Prison Officials Lift Limits On Access To Books For Inmates by Anne E. Marimow for The Washington Post


The time you spend NOT writing is just as important as the time you actually spend writing.

Ted Neill: Ink Well - Want To Write Something Good? Then Take Time NOT Writing by Ted Neill for I Smell Sheep


Today’s tutorial is going to show you 6 easy ways to get more comments on your blog.

6 Easy Ways To Get More Comments On Your Blog by Designer Blogs


Not since 2015's Go Set a Watchman has an adult fiction title sold as many books as The President Is Missing has in its first week.

Bill Clinton, James Patterson Novel Sells 250,000 Copies In First Week by Andy Lewis for The Hollywood Reporter


And it has already made this list:
These hot summer releases may be brand new to the market, but they already have plans to come to a screen near you.

10 Summer Books that Already Have Adaptation Deals by Angela Erickson for BookBub


What next?
The application lists a series of self-described “pulp harem fantasies” by Michael-Scott Earle, as evidence of the mark's use in connection with a “Downloadable series of fiction books”.

Son Of Cocky: A Writer Is Trying To Trademark “Dragon Slayer” For Fantasy Novels by Boing Boing


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Saturday, June 9, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
9 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 June 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!


Restriction on US and international stores, which have cheaper prices and wider range, will come into effect in Australia from 1 July. I’m not yet sure how this will affect me.

Amazon To Block Australians From Using US Store After New GST Rules by Naaman Zhou for The Guardian


Judge Denies Author Attempt To Trademark “Cocky” by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly
In a decision handed down late last week, Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York denied a motion by an author requesting that a preliminary injunction be issued to prevent publication a number of books that include the word “cocky” in the title.

Judge Denies Author Attempt To Trademark “Cocky” by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly


Incels aren’t monsters of cruel internet culture – they are the product of the American literary canon that has long glorified male sexual frustration.

How Does The Literary Canon Reinforce The Logic Of The Incel? by Erin Spampinato for The Guardian


Read A Book - It Could Save Your Sanity by Michael Seidlinger for Melville House
A new study, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the latest in a number of studies exploring how “intellectual activities”, including reading, can decrease a person’s chances of developing dementia.

Read A Book - It Could Save Your Sanity by Michael Seidlinger for Melville House


Using Word Association For Naming A Book by Anna Simpson for emaginette
What did you do to title your latest WIP?

Using Word Association For Naming A Book by Anna Simpson for emaginette


We need to be wary of any unsolicited writing, publishing, and marketing schemes. Here’s a sampling of what’s been showing up in writerly inboxes lately.

Authors Beware! 6 New Writing Scams To Watch Out For by Anne R. Allen


Announcing The 2018 Women’s Prize Winner! by Women’s Prize for Fiction
Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with her seventh novel Home Fire.

Announcing The 2018 Women’s Prize Winner! by Women’s Prize for Fiction


Explore the basics of how color combinations can impact visual content and provide powerful marketing.

How To Use Color Combinations For Powerful Marketing & Branding by Stencil


3 Things Great Websites Have In Common by Shea Drake for Add This
With a solid understanding of the basics and some attention to detail, even the smallest website can hook and convert readers.

3 Things Great Websites Have In Common by Shea Drake for Add This


In the world’s latest data breach scandal, a former Hong Kong librarian has been arrested for allegedly stealing patrons’ personal information so that she could get her hands on their borrowed books more quickly.

Librarian Gone Rogue: Impatient Bibliophile Accused Of Accessing Library Members’ Accounts To Quicken Book Returns by Coconuts Hong Kong


According to new NEA findings, in the past five years, the number of poetry readers in the United States has almost doubled to a total of 28 million adults.

Poetry Reading In The United States Has Risen Dramatically Proven By New Research By The National Endowment For The Arts by Poets.org


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Saturday, June 2, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 2 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
2 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 2 June 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

12 Things To Write About When You’re Fresh Out Of Ideas by Karen Hertzberg for Grammarly Blog
Coming up with writing inspiration is tough when you’re feeling anything but inspired. When you’re desperate for a spark of an idea to come floating out of the creative ether, you’re more likely to find the abyss staring back. Here are twelve things to write about when you’re not on speaking terms with your muse.

12 Things To Write About When You’re Fresh Out Of Ideas by Karen Hertzberg for Grammarly Blog


How will the recent deaths of Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth affect the sales of their signed books?

A Look Into The Dwindling World Of Rare Books by Bloomberg for Fortune


Researchers analyzed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales?

Every Story In the World Has One Of These Six Basic Plots by Miriam Quick for BBC


And more on this story:
The Cocky Trademark Author Just Got Cockier by Rachel Tsoumbakos for Inquisitr
Romance author Faleena Hopkins files legal proceedings against an author, a publicist, and a legal professional, as she strives to maintain her trademark.

The Cocky Trademark Author Just Got Cockier by Rachel Tsoumbakos tor Inquisitr


Author Hans M. Hirschi shares the experience of his first ever publisher conference in the UK.

Here’s What Happens When You Seat A Dozen Introvert Authors Around A Table by Hans M. Hirschi


The rentable apartment occupies part of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, an operation run out of the house in which the Fitzgeralds lived in 1931 and 1932.

You Can Now Airbnb The Home of F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, Where The Author Wrote Tender Is The Night by Open Culture


The Golden Man Booker Prize Shortlist by The Man Booker Prize
The “Golden Five”, selected by the prize’s five judges to showcase the winning books from Man Booker history that have best stood the test of time, are: In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. The winner will be announced on 8 July 2018 from the Man Booker 50 Festival at the Southbank Centre, London. You can vote for the shortlisted book of your choice to win the Golden Man Booker Prize. Voting is open until midnight 25 June 2018.

The Golden Man Booker Prize Shortlist by The Man Booker Prize


Accountant Embezzled $3.4M From Famed Literary Agency by Isabel Vincent for New York Post
A Manhattan accountant cooked the books at a prestigious literary agency that represents top writers, including Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, bilking its clients of millions and leaving the company on the brink of bankruptcy, according to legal papers.

Accountant Embezzled $3.4M From Famed Literary Agency by Isabel Vincent for New York Post


How Tolkien Created Middle-Earth by Samantha Shannon for The Guardian
A rare exhibition of the Hobbit author’s life and art reveals an imaginary realm that continues to inspire new generations.

How Tolkien Created Middle-Earth by Samantha Shannon for The Guardian


Pros And Cons Of Writing Every Day by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
It’s not as simple as you might think.

Pros And Cons Of Writing Every Day by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


De Montfort Literature will employ an algorithm “to identify career novelists” and hopes to free its writers from second jobs.

New Publisher Plans To Offer Budding Authors £24,000 Salary by Alison Flood for The Guardian


A new study out of Hong Kong has found that books may ward off dementia in readers, which means you'll never have to feel guilty about buying more books than you can read, because they're medicinal.

Reading More May Ward Off Dementia, According To A New Study by Kristian Wilson for Bustle


Top Websites for Writers: 7 Websites to Fuel Your Creativity by Baihley Gentry for Writer’s Digest
This selection represents this year’s creativity-centric websites for writers. These websites fuel out-of-the-box thinking and help writers awaken their imaginations.

Top Websites for Writers: 7 Websites to Fuel Your Creativity by Baihley Gentry for Writer’s Digest


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