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Digi.me: Want to save your Facebook photos, Tweets and other social media goodies?

By David Rothman
August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Even Facebook may not be for eternity. And how to preserve your Tweets without relying on Twitter? Digi.me, a new service, hopes to help you. As reported by the European edition of Politico: “Digi.me’s desktop application provides an interface through which the user can compile, view and search [...]

Want to share our Ellora’s Cave post on Facebook? Uncle Sam’s image may intrude—but a fix could happen soon

By David Rothman
August 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

No, Uncle Sam isn’t deliberately pointing a finger at you or Ellora’s Cave, the e-book erotica site that Chris Meadows posted about. In fact, when you share Chris’s item on Facebook, Uncle should not be there at all. Instead you should see a logo for the publisher. But something weird is [...]

Morning Links: Sue for copyright infringement in advance? Post-Nepal Facebook checkins

By Joanna Cabot
May 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

iPad Still King of Declining(?) Tablet Market (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Apple may be going through several quarters of declining tablet sales, but they’re not the only ones. *** Business Musings: Mush Brain (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I treat my writing like a day job. I think: would I have shown [...]

The other current genre controversy: The David A. Riley feud

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

With Sad Puppies already trailing enough dirt around the landscape, I hesitated a long time before eventually deciding to write this up. One reason I hesitated – and also one reason I finally decided to write – is that much of the to-and-fro in this particular spat was done on a no-name [...]

Morning Links: Why I quit Goodreads. Facebook to become publishing platform?

By Joanna Cabot
March 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

Why I Quit Goodreads (or, The Bookternet Is Not Safe for Women) (Book Riot) The Kathleen Hale controversy snapped into focus something I had always kind of wondered about: as a woman, putting my views on the internet is an act of risk-taking. *** Rich Kids Use the Internet to Get Ahead, and Poor [...]

A literary precedent for the blog: the feuilleton

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

For all those writers and pundits who bemoan, à la Jonathan Franzen, the superficiality, triviality, and general lack of gut-busting seriousness of blogs, Facebook, and social media, it might do some good for them to recall one of the most well-tried literary modes of the last two centuries that [...]

Morning Links: Prices stable post VAT increase. Best book apps of 2014

By Joanna Cabot
January 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Zuckerberg Launches Book Club (PW) The publishing industry will likely be thankful for one of Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolutions. The Facebook founder and CEO, who has over 30 million followers, has launched a new book club as part of a challenge to himself, for 2015, to read a [...]

Will new Facebook user news feed policies restrict authors?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs” on new Facebook restrictions on user news feeds apparently due to come into force in January has already caused a stir in some self-publishing and independent publishing circles, including The Passive [...]

Blurred lines: Social media and news media feeding into each other

By Chris Meadows
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

On GigaOm, Matthew Ingram expresses fascination with the way that the news media and social media have collided and blurred the lines between each other, in the context of the recent Uber scandal. We’re increasingly seeing major news stories break and grow in social and new media—Twitter, [...]

Writers, here’s how to time your social media self-promotion blitz

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

For those of you writer folks out there who have defied the wrath of Jonathan Franzen and opted for social media self-promotion as a valid way to publicize your latest epic (self-published or otherwise), here’s a useful infographic that details the all-important question of when to Tweet or [...]

Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”

By Joanna Cabot
November 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why It’s Time for Facebook to Offer a ‘Pay for Privacy’ Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to [...]

Simon & Schuster launches social media initiative with Milq … who?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

In a news item that made it all the way to the top slot on Publishing Talk Daily, Simon & Schuster has just demonstrated how totally well it gets this social media stuff by announcing an exclusive book publisher partnership with Milq. That’s right: Milq. Yes, you heard it: Milq. In case [...]

Scottish literature after the referendum

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

The referendum on Scottish independence gave Scottish literature, and Scottish culture, greater prominence as a separate force in the English-speaking world than at any time in recent decades. Arguably, that’s no less than the post-war generations of writers that have numbered Iain Banks, [...]

Facebook reveals the top 100 books that have stayed with users

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

If you logged onto Facebook recently, you may have noticed some of your friends talking about 10 books that stayed with them in some way. They then tagged someone in turn – maybe you – to continue the list. Facebook has brought all the data together from these status updates to show what books [...]

Social media self-promotion for writers Lesson One: Do not beat up on your readers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 8, 2014 // 6 Comments

Best-selling crime author Chelsea Cain appears to have gone into social media meltdown in a really bad case of Author Meets Facebook. In a series of posts, she managed to diss on her readers for their asinine behavior and intrusive questions. She then managed to compound the damage. Her initial [...]

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