Tag: books

by Guy Kawasaki

Wrap your mind around this: One of the most important factors that traditional publishers use to decide whether to acquire a book is the marketing platform of its author. You’d think that the main reason for approaching a traditional publisher is to reap the benefits of the publisher’s marketing, and you wouldn’t have to bring [...] more »

by Julie Keck

Daily Must Reads The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Julie Keck. 1. Social media covers President Obama’s second inauguration (Mashable) 2. “Books used to die by being ignored, but now they can be killed” (NYT) 3. What are your friends and family reading? Keep up with BookScout (Media Decoder) [...] more »

by Jenny Xie

In 2012, multimedia micro-blogging service Tumblr was the hub for not only viral memes, but also creative book deals. The blog-based book or “blook” is hardly new. Post Secret and Stuff White People Like kicked off the blog-to-book movement in the mid-2000s. Book deals for the Tumblr generation — Garfield Minus Garfield and Hipster Puppies [...] more »

by Leandro Oliva

The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing. 1. McGraw-Hill & Kno offer a peek into the future of textbooks (TechCrunch) 2. Self-publishing site Lulu drops DRM on e-books, sort of (paidContent) 3. Why winning a $7,000 piracy lawsuit could be the worst news ever for book publishers (readwrite) 4. 21 book [...] more »

by Dorian Benkoil

Once again, ‘tis the season for look-aheads. In that spirit, here are my digital media predictions for 2013. (Quality) Content Will be King “Experts” once told us that quality had been killed by the need for efficiency and scaling, and that editorial operations would thrive on user- or even machine-generated-content. Click here to read the [...] more »

by Leandro Oliva

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Leandro Oliva. 1. Why the entertainment industry’s release strategy creates piracy (The Guardian) 2. When to go fast, when to go slow on social media (Poynter) 3. Forrester: 84% of U.S. adults now use the web daily, 50% own smartphones (TechCrunch) 4. A visual look back at digital [...] more »

by Felicia Pride

During my grad school days nearly a decade ago, I relished the stories of editor extraordinaire Maxwell Perkins nurturing a promising, yet unknown F. Scott Fitzgerald. Granted, by the time I was studying book publishing, tales of editors and authors toiling together for years to perfect a manuscript were no longer occurring in a business [...] more »

by Jenny Shank

If you thought e-books, e-readers and tablets dominated the last holiday season, you haven’t seen anything yet. For one, this year it’s easier than ever to give e-books as gifts, and, thanks to a recent partnership with Kobo, it’s now even possible to support your local independent bookseller while giving them. And, according to the [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

There’s nothing like giving the gift of reading. And, it used to be that there was one means to that end: Buy a book at a bookstore, perhaps inscribe it, wrap it up and give it. But today, the gift of reading can mean so much more than a wrapped-up book. Today, the literary giver [...] more »

by Leandro Oliva

The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing. 1. Self-publishing industry explodes, brings rewards, challenges (Miami Herald) 2. The mystery of the missing e-books (HuffPo) 3. Bookboard Wants to be Netflix for children’s e-books (Complex) 4. It is now illegal to break DRM on e-books in Canada (TeleRead) 5. Avid library e-book borrowers [...] more »