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Noted Self-Publisher May Be Close to a Book Deal

Amanda Hocking, the darling of the self-publishing world, has been shopping a four-book series to major publishers, attracting bids of well over $1 million for world English rights, two publishing executives said.

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"The Rise and Fall of the Bible": Rethinking the Good Book

Recently I found myself explaining to a group of surprised friends from Protestant and secular backgrounds that, despite being educated in the Catholic faith up to the sacrament of confirmation at age 14, I didn't read the Old Testament until I was assigned it in a college literature course. Traditionally, the Catholic Church did not encourage its congregation to read the Bible; we had the priests to explain it to us. In fact, the church once took such a dim view of the idea that, in 1536, the English reformer William Tyndale was tried for heresy, strangled and burned at the stake, largely for translating the Bible into English for a lay readership. Tyndale House, a major American Christian publisher, is named after him.

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Eisler’s decision is a key benchmark on the road to wherever it is we’re going

I wasn’t planning to write a post this past weekend for Monday morning publication. But then Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler contacted me on Saturday to tell me what Barry is up to. I’ve read their lengthy conversation about Barry’s decision to turn down a $500,000 contract (apparently for two books) and join Joe (and many others, but none who have turned down half-a-million bucks) as a self-published author.

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Renee Zellweger Grabs Some Inspirational Reading in NYC

Newly single Renée Zellweger spent some time shopping at a local book store on the Upper East Side where she bought an interesting choice: The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks.
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James Gleick’s History of Information

Review in the NYT Sunday Review of Books

Book on Amazon: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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Book trailer

If You Knew Then What I Know Now from Sarabande Books on Vimeo.

This book trailer got a good write up at Publisher's Weekly.
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Richard Curtis 1999

Richard Curtis, veteran literary agent and president of, shared a few publishing predictions for 2011.

Here is a talk by Curtis in 1999 called Content Spoken Here

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Intellectual Property’s Great Fallacy


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Data Seen Overwhelming Cell Networks

As the popularity of smartphones continues to grow, the challenge, on a global scale, may only get greater.

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Google Digitizes Back Issues of 'Spy' Magazine

The defunct satirical publication that launched a thousand magazine careers and dodged a thousand lawsuits is now available digitally — thanks to Google.

One minute piece on NPR

Searchable archive of Spy Magazine on Google

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Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art

Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art Graffiti and unsanctioned art—from local origins to global phenomenon
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The Wristwatch Looks For a New Use

As people stop telling the time using their wristwatches and use their mobile phones instead, a new genre of device takes up the vacant real estate on their wrists.

Article mentions the wrist watch being used as a "third screen" to present information.

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$467 Book

$467 book that made it into the Amazon top 100 books. Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
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Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has second thoughts about our digital practices

The kids I celebrated in my early books as “digital natives,” capable of seeing through all efforts of big media and marketing, have actually proven less able to discern the integrity of the sources they read and the intentions of the programs they use than we struggling adults are. If they don’t know what the programs they’re using are even for, they don’t stand a chance at using them effectively. They’re less likely to become power users than the used. It is our job as educators to change all this. We’re our students’ best chance of becoming media—or new media—literate.

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Citing Sources in the Age of the Internet and eBooks

Interesting blog post at "An American Editor" blog.

It has been an ongoing frustration of mine, dealing with bibliographic information that cites the Internet and ebooks.

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Colorado and Kansas Libraries Collaborate To Reduce Cost of Out-of-State Borrowing

New courier system saves money compared to postal service and other carriers. It also affects lending patterns and may give a nudge toward collaborative collection development.

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No Argument: Thomas Keeps 5-Year Silence

The anniversary will probably be observed in silence.

A week from Tuesday, when the Supreme Court returns from its midwinter break and hears arguments in two criminal cases, it will have been five years since Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken during a court argument.

Interesting article in the NYT about this.

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