Morning Roundup: Feeling dumb while reading? Why publishers want to sell direct and more

On the Perils of Feeling Dumb While Reading (Book Riot)
Or maybe you don’t hate it, but you certainly don’t love it like everyone else seems to. And you can’t help but ask yourself, “Is it me? Am I just not smart enough for this book?”
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Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct? (The Scholarly Kitchen)
During my conversations with press staff, I was able to put together a list of motivations for why a press would want to sell direct. After all, this is not a self-evident proposition.
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Scholastic Launches Summer Book Reading Challenge (GalleyCat)
Scholastic has opened the pre-registration for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for educators.
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Is Fandom the Future? Orlando Jones and Veronica Mars Think So (GigaOM)
Accurately predicting where entertainment’s heading might be impossible, but trends and patterns are definitely emerging. The biggest one to arise: The power of fandom in driving the popularity of content.
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Kindle Daily Deals: The Bone Secrets Series (and others)

1 Comment on Morning Roundup: Feeling dumb while reading? Why publishers want to sell direct and more

  1. What about feeling too smart for a book? You read excellent reviews for a book that is supposed to be so great and so exciting, but when you start reading you discover there is more intelligence shown at the Special Oympics. Cardboard characters, impossible storylines, clunky prose, or worse. Yet some readers rave like girls at a boy band concert; the books turn into million dollars movies with fans dressing up in costume and fanfic works flooding the internet. But your brain says, whoa, I’d rather watch paint dry.

    Yes, Infinate Jest is a difficult book, and probably not the best choice if you have a 12 hour international flight to endure. Yet the book still has it’s rewards – as do other works that make the reader think.

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