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Writers Society sponsoring book publishing workshop
On Saturday, October 5, writers and poets with manuscripts nearing completion will get a chance to have lunch with representatives from three Vancouver Island publishing companies. In a workshop sponsored by the Comox Valley Writers' Society, the ...

Book News: Author Says Dave Eggers' New Book Rips Off Her Work
She wrote in a blog post, "From all appearances, it is an unnervingly similar book, and I wrote it first (and I imagine mine is more authentic and better written, because I actually lived and worked in this world and am also a good writer)." Her claim ...

HarperCollins Pursues E-Book Subscription Service With Scribd
HarperCollins is the latest publisher to tinker with a Netflix-style e-book subscription service, announcing on Tuesday that it has struck a deal to make its backlist books available on Scribd, a Web site for sharing documents and books. Scribd, with a ...

Scribd Joins the eBook Subscription Race
While the current deals are with US publishers, whenever rights are available the books are available to Scribd's 80 million users across 100 countries. Harper has contributed "far more [titles] than the other two subscription deals that we did, which ...

A New Home for Rare Books at Center for Jewish History
The new book room will provide for the first time a shared exhibition space for rare material from all five of the center's partner institutions – the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the ...

Scribd Challenges Amazon and Apple With 'Netflix for Books'
Spotify did it for music. Netflix did it for movies. And now, Trip Adler and Scribd are doing it for books. The 29-year-old entrepreneur and his six-year-old San Francisco startup just unveiled an online subscription service that gives you unlimited ...

Josh Kelly Books Lifetime Pilot 'Unreal', Grainger In Cinemax Series 'The Knick'
Josh Kelly is set to co-star opposite Shiri Appleby in Lifetime's drama pilot Unreal, inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's award-winning independent short Sequin Raze. Marti Noxon and Shapiro wrote Unreal, which goes behind the scenes of a hit ...

Did The Cat Eat Your Gymsuit? Then These Books Are For You
Author — and occasional NPR reviewer — Lizzie Skurnick has written for and about teens, and now she's starting her own imprint, dedicated to publishing beloved and forgotten YA books from the 1930s through the 1980s — including, let's be truthful ...

Scribd Announces Addition of Harper Collins Publishing House for Netflix-Like ...
Scribd Announces Addition of Harper Collins Publishing House for Netflix-Like ...

Collected Ghost Stories by MR James
The typical James ghost story kicks off when someone discovers an old manuscript or a valuable or rare book, often with a religious connection or theme. Having seemingly set up a scene of remarkable dustiness, it turns out that evil resides in the ...

book by fiftythree x moleskine: print-on-demand iPad publishing
italian journal manufacturer moleskine and fiftythree, the company best known for their award winning 'paper' application, have collaborated to create 'book', a new service that brings your digital ideas to life as a custom-made hardcover notebook. the ...

Scribd, HarperCollins offer e-book subscriptions
Scribd will charge $9 per month for a service that offers unlimited access to most of HarperCollins' back catalog, as well as an assortment of other books from smaller publishers. Recent best sellers from Harper Collins aren't included in the ...

Next battleground in the subscription economy? E-books
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are battling it out over digital video while Apple recently threw a wrench into the streaming music market with iTunes Radio. Now another market is on the brink of exploding as new and existing digital publishing services are ...

Paper now making Books in most obvious business move ever
Paper making a Book? That would follow logic. But the Paper we're referring to here is actually an iPad sketchbook app and the book? Why, that'd be a product of Moleskine. An update released today to Paper's popular app adds a new 'Make a Book' service ...

The Best Kids' Halloween Books of 2013
It's almost time for monsters, ninjas, fairies, witches and hobos to hit the streets and start begging for candy. HuffPost Parents blogger Devon Corneal has stocked up on mini-chocolate bars and lollipops in the hopes that Halloween doesn't get ...

10 Buzzworthy Books Out This Fall
The fall is publishing's moment to roll out the year's big hits (or at least the books publishers hope will be big hits). The novels creating the biggest buzz right now are some of the most important of 2013, but they're also a pleasure to read. Some ...

NU Press to again publish "Black Elk Speaks"
In 2008, the State University of New York Press began publishing the book after former NU Press Director Gary Dunham joined that publisher and secured the book's publishing rights from the Neihardt family. When Dunham left SUNY Press several years ...

Must-read fitness, health, and happiness books for 2013
With the new school year in full swing, it's time to bury our heads in the books. But we're not here to assign you any nap-inducing texts — instead we've put together a list of 24 books that will keep you up and reading way past your bedtime. With ...

Bridget Jones Bereft, Donna Tartt's Met Explosion: Books
Scott Turow, Donna Tartt and Helen Fielding return to bookstores this month. Here are some October highlights: “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin” by Jill Lepore (Knopf, Oct. 1). Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, was the ...

Book News: Forward Prize For Poetry Goes To Michael Symmons Roberts
Michael Symmons Roberts won the Forward Prize for Poetry, worth £10,000 (about $16,000), for his collection titled Drysalter, a book of 150 poems that are all 15 lines. Jeanette Winterson, who chaired the prize, has written of Roberts: "He is a ...

State media denies Mao book publication date
State news agency Xinhua has denied reports that a new edition of Mao Zedong's quotations would be published before the end of this year. “Reports that said 'Chairman Mao's Quotations' are to be published this year are completely false,” a brief ...

The Netflix Subscription Model Comes to Books
Between the success of Spotify and Netflix, the flat-fee online subscription service has already taken over music, movies, and TV. Now, Scribd will try to add books to that list. But can it really upset a business where books are already free at the ...

Aquafadas to Unveil New Digital Publishing Platform at Frankfurt Book Fair
Next week's Frankfurt Book Fair has a reputation as one of the most not-to-be-missed events in publishing. Though its history goes back decades as a rights' fair where foreign rights to books were sold, the event has grown to place greater emphasis on ...

Books to Watch Out For: October
“Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality” (Basic Books), by Edward Frenkel, out October 1st. In this memoir-cum-treatise, Edward Frenkel, a Russian mathematician and professor at U.C. Berkeley, mounts a passionate case against math's reputation as ...

Four Things Trade Publishers Can Learn From STM Publishers
Unlike other media businesses, trade publishing was insulated from the ravages of digital distribution of content until a distribution system arose that could disrupt traditional channels. But in the six years since Amazon's Kindle hit the scene, trade ...

10 best books of October: the Monitor's picks
From World War I-era Europe to contemporary Spain to the limitless realm of poetry, the best books of October offer a particularly lively kind of world tour. Of them all, here are the 10 October books that Monitor critics liked the most. - Monitor ...

Author Tom Clancy dies at age 66
He was 66. Ivan Held, the president of G.P. Putnam's Sons, his publisher, did not provide a cause of death. Clancy's books were successfully transformed into blockbuster Hollywood films, including “Patriot Games,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Clear ...

New York Public Library Releases List Of 100 Great Children's Books From The ...
New York Public Library Releases List Of 100 Great Children's Books From The ...

Tom Clancy made a splash with 7 No. 1 books
Tom Clancy, one of this generation's best-selling writers, died on Oct. 1 at 66. His technological thrillers made a splash with readers, and it showed on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, which launched in 1993. Of Clancy's many books, 52 made the ...

Cerberus Seeks to Examine BlackBerry's Books
Cerberus Capital Management is seeking a confidentiality agreement that would allow it to examine the books and internal operations of BlackBerry, a person briefed on Cerberus's plans said on Wednesday. It was not clear whether the move would ...

7 Books To Get Hooked On Now That 'Breaking Bad' Is Over
But how to redirect the hours spent obsessing over the show--and the emotional turmoil over Walter White's transformation into Heisenberg--into something new? These seven books tap into everything you loved and now miss about "Breaking Bad," from the ...

What Fran's Reading: Three new books for "Downton Abbey" devotees - The Star-Ledger
Accompanied by just the right amount of explanatory text, the book covers the making of the first three seasons, with a smattering of shots from Season Four (minus any spoilers, of course). But the stunning feature is Nick Briggs' photographs, which ...

Library, authors prepare to host One for the Books
That night, books from 12 different authors - ranging from local to renowned, up-and-coming to established - will be presented and talked about, as residents of 12 different homes in Skaneateles host the discussions and provide refreshments. Each book ...

Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Master of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66
Mr. Clancy's debut book, “The Hunt for Red October,” was frequently cited as one of the greatest genre novels ever written. With the book's publication in 1984, Mr. Clancy introduced a new kind of potboiler: an espionage thriller dense with technical ...

Tom Clancy dies at 66 after career in books, movies, games
Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. Four of his books, "The Hunt for Red October," ''Patriot Games," ''Clear and Present Danger," and "the Sum of All ...

Record books: Art Garfunkel's reading matter revealed – now who's next?
A piece about David Bowie's top 100 books, revealed as part of the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, has led to a tip-off about another artist's reading list – this time a chronology of every book read by Art Garfunkel during the ...

Book News: Tom Clancy Remembered As The Father Of A Genre
Bestselling author Brad Meltzer told NPR's Lynn Neary: "I, in my books, write thrillers that are full of government secrets, that are researched with people at the highest levels of that government. I wish I invented that genre. I didn't. Tom Clancy ...

Daily Mail row leads to spike in sales of Ralph Miliband books
He remains some distance from being labelled a bestseller, but the furore over Ralph Miliband's beliefs has, it seems, caused a noticeable spike in interest in his books. As with all authors specialising in densely-argued, Marxist-informed political ...

France approves law stopping Amazon from shipping discounted books for free
French lawmakers have had it up to "here" with Amazon's book-selling tactics and they're not going to take it any more. In a rare alliance, France's ruling Socialist Party and the opposition UMP Party approved a new bill banning the company and other ...

Why BitTorrent Represents
Artists, designers, and musicians have taken to BitTorrent to promote their projects. By creating downloadable BitTorrent Bundles, the artists can avoid limitations set by traditional publishing channels and have more artistic freedom to pack in more ...

Author to discuss book publishing
Rutherford Congregational Church (251 Union Ave.) will be hosting author Lisa Van Allen on Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Van Allen will be speaking on "The Many Paths To Book Publishing." All proceeds will go to RCC's Family Promise fund, which allows the ...

Author Tom Clancy dies in Baltimore hospital at age 66
In 1996 he returned the compliment by dedicating his book Executive Orders "To Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th president of the United States: the man who won the war." A lifelong Republican, Clancy dedicated several of his other novels to conservative ...

French MPs pass bill to curb Amazon's discounting on books
Warning that small independent bookstores are facing unfair competition from the US internet retail firm, MPs supported a bill to prevent it combining free delivery with 5% discounts on books. In a rare show of unity, both right and left in the lower ...

Malcolm Gladwell: By the Book
What's the best book you've read so far this year? There have been many. I loved Jonathan Dee's new novel, “A Thousand Pardons.” The best science book I read was Adam Alter's “Drunk Tank Pink,” which is a really provocative look at how much our ...

Madefire grabs $5.2M to take motion books mainstream
Digital comic book startup Madefire has just closed a new $5.2 million round of funding, the company told VentureBeat today. Madefire produces a storytelling platform that incorporates the full range of a mobile device's hardware to create a new form ...

Want to Read Minds? Read Good Books
Literary excerpts included short stories by Anton Chekhov and Don DeLillo, as well as recent winners of the PEN/O. Henry Prize and the National Book Award. For more “mainstream” selections, they looked to Amazon.com top-sellers such as Danielle Steel's ...

8-Year-Old Gets Sexist 'How To Survive Almost Anything' Books Pulled Off The ...
8-Year-Old Gets Sexist 'How To Survive Almost Anything' Books Pulled Off The ...

10 Science Fiction Novels That Correctly Predicted The Future
Science fiction and fantasy books are often just the authors' predictions about what they think the world will be like in 10, 20, or hundreds of years. But sometimes these books eerily hit the nail on the head, even going into great detail about ...

Twitter Filing Opens Books on Highflier
Twitter employees at the company's San Francisco headquarters last year. Peter DaSilva for The New York Times Twitter employees at the company's San Francisco headquarters last year. Updated, 10 p.m. | SAN FRANCISCO — If Lady Gaga were to send a ...

Book News: Study Says Reading (Literary) Fiction Can Boost Social Skills
The authors distinguished between "literary fiction" — books written by award-winning authors including Jesmyn Ward, Don DeLillo, Anton Checkov, Louise Erdrich, Tea Obreht and others; "popular fiction" — books by bestsellers including Danielle Steel ...


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