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The Internet as functional telepathy

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just a few days ago I came across the Facebook meme you see at right. Today, Charlie Stross posted a blog comparing the Internet to “functional telepathy.” Maybe there really is no coincidence. At first glance, the Internet as functional telepathy seems like something out of science-fiction [...]

What Indie Authors Can Learn from Big Retail

By Joanna Cabot
June 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a relative Twitter newbie, I have been burning up my Kindle Unlimited downloads this month on social media guides for authors. How much to tweet? What to say? How to say it? It all felt so confusing to me. Then I had a retail experience yesterday which opened my eyes a little. When I came home [...]

Morning Links: Social media failing creative women. Literary pilgrimage

By Joanna Cabot
May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

On the Literary Pilgrimage (Book Riot) If there were a passport for literary pilgrims, PEI’s stamp would still dominate mine. *** Compromise and Expectations — A Clash in the Making (An American Editor) I am finding that client demands are increasingly impossible. I try to be politic when [...]

Morning Links: Twitter for writers, Author Earnings misleading?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Using Twitter to Gain Exposure as a Writer (Writers Helping Writers) Fortunately for us all, there are a multitude of opportunities to get that needed exposure today; all you need to do is sign online for many of them to open up to you. One area alone with many chances to take advantage of is the [...]

J.K. Rowling Twitter abuse shows the dark side of Scottish nationalism

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a Scot, I’m immensely proud of the achievement of the Scottish National Party in last Thursday’s UK elections, and the new spirit abroad in Scotland. But I’m almost equally disgusted by and ashamed of its dark side, as revealed in the Twitter abuse heaped on J.K. Rowling, a [...]

Morning Links: Selling used books for a penny. eBooks vs paper books redux

By Joanna Cabot
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

James Patterson Defends Collaborative Writing (GalleyCat) Patterson’s success stems from publishing numerous bestsellers a year with the help of a team of writers, a practice that he has been criticized for as focusing on quantity versus quality. *** E-Readers vs. Book Books: A Book Lover Weighs [...]

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 [...]

So much for the myth of distracting digital devices: Distraction may actually help creativity

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Anti-ebook device-hating Luddites are probably not going to like to hear this, but a new piece of research suggests that the kind of distractions from email, social media, and other extraneous inputs that they rail against may actually boost your creativity. The study, entitled “Creativity [...]

Are Message Boards on the Way Out?

By Joanna Cabot
March 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

A recent thread on a message board I frequent had me thinking about…well, message boards. The thread in question was called ‘How Can We Revive the Board?’ and the responses to it raised a number of questions about why it’s dying, whether it can be fixed, and whether message [...]

London Book Fair to follow publishing Around The World in 8 Hours

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has just issued a release to announce that it “will be holding the first ‘virtual conference’ for the world of publishing on 18 March 2015. Around The World in 8 Hours will follow the world of publishing across the globe in a day-long series of social media events, [...]

Morning Links: Will Kindle Unlimited expansion cause more payment drops? We need social media

By Joanna Cabot
February 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Working (or Not) Relationship With Poetry (Book Riot) The task that I feel is going to be the biggest stretch for me by far is poetry. Not LGBT, not authors of color, or even books about indigenous peoples. Poetry. *** The Elephant in the Room is a Phone (The Scholarly Kitchen) According to my [...]

EIBF launches #mynextread campaign and hashtag

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the “non-commercial European and International umbrella association representing national Booksellers’ Associations and booksellers over the world,” has just launched the My Next Read (#mynextread) campaign, inviting [...]

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: Amazon discusses Kindle Unlimited. Social media is overrated?

By Joanna Cabot
January 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Amazon Discusses Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Select Participation: Digital Book World, Day 2 (Jane Friedman) If you’ve been watching publishing news over the last 24 hours, then you may have seen a flurry of articles summarizing the Digital Book World session featuring a conversation with Russ [...]

Penguin caught out cheating readers on Zoella book launch?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2014 // 3 Comments

Showing the kind of ethics you would expect from the owners of Author Solutions, Penguin Random House has apparently been caught out in a lie over the launch of the bestseller Girl Online from social media celebrity Zoella (a.k.a. Zoe Sugg) previously covered in Teleread. Because, as reported in The Bookseller, Zoella was a.k.a. not-the-author, and the ghostwriter who actually penned most of the words, Siobhan Curham, received no credit. And the resulting shitstorm has been enough to drive Zoella herself off the medium that made her - the internet - at least temporarily. And now, The Guardian and many other sources are simply and directly asking: "How much of Girl Online did she really write?" [...]

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