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Posts Tagged ‘Neil Gaiman’

Random House Makes Mobile Version of Book Discovery App BookScout

Random House is taking its popular Facebook app BookScout — a tool that lets readers share their favorite books and get personalized book recommendations – and optimizing it for mobile devices. The release comes after the publisher recently optimized the app for tablets and added social-sharing features.

In addition, the publisher has added a seasonal book recommendations tool to help readers find new reads. The “Summer Reads” recommendations list includes: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, and Paperboy by Vince Vawter.

The app, which lets readers share their favorite reads from any publisher, has been catching on. Here is more from the press release:
Since BookScout’s launch this January, the number the people using the app has more than doubled to over 6,000, primarily in the United States and as far as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and India.  BookScout continues to see a high engagement rate with over 80,000 actions taken in the app, creating 1.3 million stories shared on Facebook. The app currently includes over three million titles across all publishers. 
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Neil Gaiman and Most Americans Have No Desire to Wear Google Glass

Bite Interactive’s latest survey indicates that Google Glass is not desirable -  at least, in its current social state. The survey showed that 90% of  Americans simply think it looks too awkward, costs too much, and feels unappealing. Not only are smart phone users uninterested in using the device, sci-fi author Neil Gaiman also thinks it looks too silly.

“Would I wear Google Glasses? Almost definitely not since they look very, very silly.”

Gaiman points to another critique of Glass’s hyper-connectivity mode:

“I think trying to learn to be present while you’re present is a really good thing to do.”

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Neil Gaiman & BlackBerry Team Up for Storytelling Project

Novelist Neil Gaiman and BlackBerry have teamed up to create a storytelling project called A Calendar of Tales.

Gaiman will write a new tale for every month of the year, drawing inspiration and illustrations from his millions of online fans. The project will create “an amazing calendar showcasing your illustrations beside Neil’s stories.” We’ve embedded a video explanation above.

Here’s how to join the project: “Why is January so dangerous? Tweet your answer to Neil’s question and your thoughts could be the inspiration for his January story. Make sure you’re following BlackBerry so if you’re lucky enough to be chosen by Neil we’ll be able to contact you directly. If you’re not a follower, we won’t be able to use your tweet. Start sending Neil your tweets from 5pm GMT 4th February and get them in by 5pm GMT 6th February.”

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How To Fix a Wet iPhone

When author Neil Gaiman spilled water on his cellphone this week, novelist John Scalzi advised him to study Popular Mechanics‘ article: “How to Save Your Wet Cellphone.”

The article was useful, but we wanted some more detailed advice. On YouTube, we found five more videos with step-by-step instructions for fixing a water damaged iPhone.

You can watch all the videos below–have you ever saved a water-logged cellphone?

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Neil Gaiman Sings

The Wits show, produced by Minnesota Public Radio, invited the famed SF author Neil Gaiman to perform a song he wrote about Joan of Arc. This video is from the show that was performed on Saturday, 25 June. You can watch more of the show at the link.

Neil Gaiman Explains How Piracy Helped Sell his Books

There’s a topic that’s near and dear to most ebook lover’s heart’s: piracy.

This clip of Neil Gaiman was posted on Youtube by the Open Rights Group a few days ago. In this video Neil discusses how he learned that piracy actually boosted the sales on his novels.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated to correct a spelling error.

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