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Saturday, August 11, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 11 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
11 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  11 August 2018

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

Does Literature Help Us Live? by Tim Parks for The New York Review of Books
Is literature wise? In the sense, does it help us to live? And if not, what exactly is it good for?

Does Literature Help Us Live? by Tim Parks for The New York Review of Books


Amazon says it removed several items of racist propaganda from its store in response to questions from a Democratic lawmaker - though white supremacist literature and other propaganda items remain widely available on the site.

Amazon Pulls Some Nazi-Themed, Offensive Items After Criticism, But Many Remain by James Doubek for npr


Barnes & Noble said sales of books related to anxiety are up more than 25 percent through this past June from a year ago because “we may be living in an anxious nation.”

Barnes & Noble Says Sales Of Books Related To Anxiety Are Soaring. Here's Why by Lauren Thomas for CNBC


An acclaimed Chinese novelist - who murdered four people and used the memory as inspiration for his stories - was sentenced to death yesterday, 23 years after committing the killings.

Crime Author Who Killed People And Used Own Murders To Write Novels Sentenced To Death by Christina Zhao for Newsweek


Anyone who has ever browsed independently published ebooks on Amazon will know the daunting, overpoweringly vast range of books available. With so much out there, it’s hard to find the good stuff.

How to Get the Best #Indie Books on Amazon for Astronomicon


What are the main benefits of self-publishing, as opposed to attempting the traditional route?

6 Reasons To Self-Publish Your First (Or Next) Book by Emma Wilson for AuthorRamp


Tattoos ranged from Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter to the library logo and a worm reading a book.

Book Enthusiasts Get Literary-Themed Tattoos At The Denver Public Library by Daniel Brenner for The Know


This dedicated group of librarians set about reuniting stumped readers with the books from the edges of their memories.

The Crack Squad Of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books by Jessica Leigh Hester for Atlas Obscura


When you think about the balance between writing and marketing, don't think of them as entirely separate. Try and think of how you can integrate marketing in a sustainable way for you that's creative and also meets the goals of what you want for your writing.

How Much Time Do You Spend Writing And How Much Time Marketing? by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn


It’s not that millennials aren’t reading books - in fact, they actually read more than their older counterparts. But they’re reading in different ways.

Millennial Reading Habits Have Changed The Definition Of A Classic by Ajinomoh Ozovehe Caleb


“Given my love of art, and the way it plays prominently into these novels, the idea of re-jacketing my backlist was an exciting one,” Brown tells EW. “I always set out to write a book that is both fun and mysterious, and so I love the fact that there is more to each jacket than meets the eye.”

Dan Brown Unveils Striking, Mysterious New Covers For His Biggest Books by David Canfield for Entertainment Weekly


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Saturday, August 4, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 4 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
4 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  4 August 2018

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

Avoid Yah-Ha Vs Nah-Ha by Anna Simpson for emaginette

What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?


Avoid Yah-Ha Vs Nah-Ha by Anna Simpson for emaginette




These uncertain times have seen a renewed interest in serious nonfiction, as people try to make sense of an unstable world. Includes a link to a list of the best “brainy” books of the last 10 years.


How The “Brainy” Book Became A Publishing Phenomenon by Alex Preston for The Guardian



Misplaced Modifiers Are Laughable And The Bane Of Writers by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets

The question posed for this month is “Critiquers have nailed my writing for misplaced modifiers. How can I recognize them and stop making this mistake?”


Misplaced Modifiers Are Laughable And The Bane Of Writers by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets




Some of the best characters in literature are female. From the evil to the undeniably perfect, these are the greatest female characters from literature of all genres. This list includes the best female characters of all ages. You get to play a part in deciding their rank.


The Best Female Characters In Literature by Ranker




Bestselling author Rick Riordan has gone viral after surgically destroying a troll who wanted “less gender dysphoria” in his books.


Percy Jackson Author Goes Viral With The Perfect Comeback To An Anti-Trans Troll by Josh Jackman for PinkNews



Plug these essential elements into your marketing to drive customer sales naturally and easily.


Subconscious Selling: Your Customers Won’t Buy Without These 3 Elements by Kathryn Aragon for DigitalMarketer




These underhanded character development techniques are designed to relax your “thinky” brain and to draw instead on your curiosity, intuition and slightly devious sense of play in order to help your characters reveal their own inner workings.


Adding Dimension to Characters: 10 Sly Character Development Techniques by Deb Norton for Writer’s Digest



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Saturday, July 28, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
28 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  28 July 2018

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


One of the best investments you can make is to ensure your first and second books cross-market each other.


Case Study: Tips For Updating A First Book To Market Your Second by David Wogahn for Author Imprints



How to Salvage Water Damaged Books by Lori Dorn for Laughing Squid

Here’s a tutorial showing you how to salvage books that have been damaged by water.






Austin's Michael-Scott Earle, who previously filed a trademark on the phrase “Dragon Slayer” for use in fantasy novel trademarks, has now filed a trademark on book covers with “one or more human or partially human figures underneath, at least one of the figures holding a weapon; and an author's name underneath the figures; wherein the title/series and author's name are depicted in the same or similar coloring.”


Trademark Troll Who Claims To Own "Dragon Slayer" Now Wants Exclusive Rights To Book Covers Where Someone Is Holding A Weapon by Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing




Librarians are in uproar after an article in Forbes magazine proposed replacing all public libraries in the US with Amazon bookstores because libraries “don’t have the same value they used to” and cost taxpayers too much.


“Twaddle”: Librarians Respond To Suggestion Amazon Should Replace Libraries by Kate Lyons for The Guardian




For 12 years, Jennifer Taylor watched kids come into the library at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, California, and struggle to find books. Then, she discovered “genrefication”, a movement to organize schools’ libraries by type, like bookstores.


How Genrefication Makes School Libraries More Like Bookstores by Gail Cornwall for KQED News



Episode 96 – Is Amazon’s New Bulk Buy Program For You? podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors

In this episode, Chris discusses Amazon’s new edition of their ebook bulk buy program – who may benefit and who might not.


Episode 96 – Is Amazon’s New Bulk Buy Program For You? podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors



The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist Announced by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize

The 13 novels in contention for Britain’s most prestigious literary award include a graphic novel, a thriller, a novel in verse, and new writers.


The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist Announced by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize




The analysis “reveals the pervasiveness of gender bias and stereotype in the books on different features like occupation, introductions, and actions associated to the characters in the book.”


An IBM Team Identified Deep Gender Bias From 50 Years Of Booker Prize Shortlists by Suneera Tandon for Quartz India



Finalists Announced For The 2018 World Fantasy Awards by Leah Rachel Von Essen for BookRiot

Finalists for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. These awards honor fiction and artists with nominated material published in 2017 or with a 2017 cover date.


Finalists Announced For The 2018 World Fantasy Awards by Leah Rachel Von Essen for BookRiot




Here are some unique ways to use social media content that will get your business noticed.


Social Media Content That Will Get Your Business Noticed by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil



10 Books With Incredibly Clever Hidden Messages by Angela Erickson for BookBub

BoobBub has rounded up some of the most intriguing hidden messages you may not have noticed before.


10 Books With Incredibly Clever Hidden Messages by Angela Erickson for BookBub



Meet 9 Bookstore Cats From Around the Bay Area by Ashley Urdang for KQED Arts

Cats are a staple of many independent bookstores, and as any bookstore owner will tell you, they're often the ones that truly run the place.


Meet 9 Bookstore Cats From Around the Bay Area by Ashley Urdang for KQED Arts



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Saturday, July 21, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 21 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
21 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 21 July 2018

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

Back in 1970, a restaurant called ‘Traveler’ opened its doors, offering not only delicious meals but books that you can take home with you for free. Today, the new owners continue this tradition.

This Restaurant Gives A Gift With Each Meal, And Nerds Love It by Rugile for BoredPanda


The duo prints quotes written by the likes of Shakespeare and Salman Rushdie on posters and pastes them across cities.

How A Writer-Illustrator Duo Is Trying To Democratize Literature by Anandi Mishra for LiveMint


A literary themed hotel in Portugal is a bookworm's dream complete with its own library and even a gin bar.

Literary Themed Hotel Is Basically A Bookworm's Dream With Its Own Library And A Gin Bar by Julie Delahaye for Mirror


Toolbox 12: Calibre, Send to Kindle, and Lulu by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna shares some alternative methods to read over your latest project.

Toolbox 12: Calibre, Send to Kindle, and Lulu by Anna Simpson for emaginette


How does reading fiction actually affect health, positively or negatively? New research sheds some light.

New Research Explores How Reading Affects Eating Disorders – For Good And Ill by Emily Troscianko for The Conversation


Students replace poem ‘If’ by ‘well-known racist’ with Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’.

Manchester University Students Paint Over Rudyard Kipling Mural by Frances Perraudin for The Guardian


You can use stock images throughout your website, blog, across social media, and throughout other marketing strategies. Here are 10 ways to use stock photos for your blog and beyond.

10 Ways To Use Stock Photos For Your Blog by Designer Blogs


Anne Rice fans have something to be excited about: ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ TV show is officially coming to Hulu.

Everything We Know About ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ TV Show by Kristina Wright for BookBub Blog


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
14 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 July 2018

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

Book marketing is often the Achilles heel for new authors. So, it is especially valuable when we can learn how a marketing professional approaches their own book launch.

A Book Blogger Case Study With Marketing Expert And Author Anna-Marie Abell by David Wogahn


Golden Booker names Michael Ondaatje’s bestselling novel as public’s favorite winner.

The English Patient Wins Public Poll Of Best Man Booker In 50 Years by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Archaeologists in Greece have discovered what they believe to be the oldest known extract of Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey”.

“Oldest Known Extract” Of Homer's Odyssey Discovered In Greece by Reuters Staff for Reuters


A collection of unpublished letters written by WB Yeats that was stolen in the 1970s and returned “anonymously” has been identified at Princeton University.

Stolen WB Yeats Letters Identified At Princeton University by Dalya Alberge for The Guardian


On this week’s show, Claire is joined by Richard, Alison, and Sian to talk about summer reading. Do people really read differently when off on holiday? Then, Ross Raisin discusses his latest book, Read This If You Want to Be a Great Writer.

Summer Reading And Ross Raisin On How To Be A Great Writer – The Guardian Books Podcast


Inside a specially built, temperature controlled room at Hereford Cathedral, hundreds of medieval manuscripts sit chained to their shelves, exactly as they did centuries ago.

The Ancient Library Where The Books Are Under Lock And Key by BBC Culture


EH Shepard’s 1926 sketch, which was unseen for almost 50 years, sells for £430,000

Original Winnie-the-Pooh Map Sets World Record At Auction by Sian Cain for The Guardian


Writing for a blog takes hard work and time, especially if it’s for business. Here are some blog research tactics and a list of blog post ideas that will boost traffic to your blog.

Blog Post Ideas To Boost Traffic To Your Business Blog by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil


the classic author’s unfinished novel, Sanditon, is going to be adapted into an eight-part miniseries for Britain’s ITV and PBS Masterpiece in the US.

Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel To Be Adapted For PBS by G. G. Andres for BookBub


There are many benefits to using post excerpts (summaries) instead of showing full posts on your blog page. Designer Blogs explains how to use Blogger’s default way of adding post excerpts to your blog on Blogger.

How To Add Post Excerpts To A Blogger Blog by Designer Blogs


Swedish librarians have drawn up their longlist for the New Academy’s take on the world’s biggest books award. And it really is new.

The Alternative Nobel: Vote Opens For A Surprising New Literature Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian


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