Books

What Can Publishers Learn from Indie Rock?

The lessons of Indie Rock for the publishing industry are pondered in a post at The Scholarly Kitchen,
"Whenever you buy a record from just about any indie band, it comes with either a CD or with a card that contains a URL and a download code so you can get a digital copy at no additional cost...
If implemented in the right way, publishers could kill two birds with one stone: they could support a mechanism for downloading e-books purchased in conjunction with hardcovers that not only makes their best customers happy and extends the life of hardcover sales, but that actually fosters competition in the ebook marketplace."

Over It: Bookish Conversations We Never Want to Have Again

From Bookriot:

We usually keep things pretty positive here at the Riot, but after many years of life in the bookish interweb, we’ve identified some conversations that just keep coming back up. And we’re ready to put an end to them. So pull on your crankypants, kids, and join editors Rebecca and Jeff for a good old-fashioned Airing of Grievances.

See the 10 book topics never to discuss again.

The BIBLIO-MAT

The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.

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Apple patents the virtual page turn

Apple is now the proud owner of the page turn.
In a patent approved this week by the United States Patent Office Apple was awarded a design patent for

"Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface."

Full article at CNN.com

Hey, Tim Ferriss: Book banning isn't a marketing gimmick

Barnes & Noble won’t carry Amazon titles in its stores. But that doesn’t make Amazon author Tim Ferriss’s upcoming Four-Hour Chef “the most banned book in U.S. history.”

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National Book Awards are becoming more relevant

If the National Book Awards are meant to be evolving into something like Britain’s much more popular and influential Booker Prize, then this year’s awards, and last night’s ceremony, are steps in the right direction. Here’s a list of the winners:

Nonfiction: “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo
Fiction: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich
Young People’s Literature: “Goblin Secrets” by William Alexander
Poetry: “Bewilderment” by David Ferry

Erdrich, Boo win National Book Awards

Louise Erdrich's The Round House, a novel about a woman who is raped and left traumatized on an Indian reservation in North Dakota, won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday.

Erdrich, who gave part of her acceptance speech in Ojibwe, said the award "recognized the grace and endurance of native women." USA TODAY's four-star review called it "deeply moving" and "impossible to forget."

10 best books of 2012, according to Amazon's editors

From a crime committed against a native American woman to a scheme to sell software to the king of Saudi Arabia, Amazon's list of the 10 best books of 2012 is a diverse collection. Here are the 10 titles.

I’m a dude who read all the ‘Twilight’ books; Here’s why I hate it and why I get it

Why Twilight Sucks:
1) It’s incredibly sexist … toward men
2) Edward is a creepy stalker
3) Bella is the worst kind of “Mary Sue”
4) It led to 50 Shades of Grey
5) People have been tricked into thinking it’s good writing

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