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Barnes & Noble NY Promises to be Nicer to Breastfeeding Mothers

barnesandnobleBarnes & Noble has promised to be more friendly to breastfeeding mothers in New York, as part of a settlement with New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

As part of the deal, the book retailer will train all of its New York state employees about the company’s breastfeeding policy, in a move to ensure that women will be free to breastfeed in any of their stores without harassment. In addition, Barnes & Noble will display the international symbol for breastfeeding at the entrances to its New York stores and will pay $10,000 to Rockland County to support its Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program.

The promise comes after the Attorney General’s office investigated an incident at one of the retailer’s locations in Nanuet, NY. Essentially a nursing mother was asked to cover up or leave the store while trying to breastfeed on March 16th. Under New York State law, mothers may breastfeed in any public location without having to cover themselves.

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Have You Ever Experienced a ‘Book Hangover’?

How do you feel when you finish reading a really good book? The Epic Reads team has posted a video about “Book Hangovers” on their YouTube channel.

The video embedded above features Johnna Scrabis, Riley Soloner, and Abby Holland discussing the effects of “book hangovers.” These bibliphiles feel that endings can sometimes lead to an unpleasant “void” as a consequence.

Do you agree? Which books have made you suffer through “hangovers” in the past?

Wearable Device Helps Visually-Impaired People Read

fingerreaderResearchers at the MIT Media Lab have invented a tool that makes it easier for visually-impaired people to print read books. The FingerReader is a ring-like tool that these readers can wear to help them read printed text.

Here is more about how it works from the MIT Media Lab website: “Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line, new line, and other cues. The FingerReader algorithm knows to detect and give feedback when the user veers away from the baseline of the text, and helps them maintain a straight scanning motion within the line.”

We’ve embedded a video demo of how it works after the jump. Read more

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Hits eBook Stores

9780446310789_p0_v6_s260x420To Kill a Mockingbird is finally available in eBook form. After years of holding out, author Harper Lee agreed to the book’s digital publication back in April.

“I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation,” she explained in a statement at the time, released through her publisher Harper Collins.

The book hit digital bookstores on Tuesday. Amazon is selling the title for $3.99 in the Kindle Store. Barnes & Noble has it for $8.99 in the Nook Store. Apple has the iBook available for $4.99.

George R.R. Martin Gives the Finger to Those Speculating His Death

georgerrmartinSci-fi author George R.R. Martin does not appreciate speculation that he won’t live to finish the last two books in the Game of Thrones series.

In an interview with the Swiss daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, the 65 year-old author told the interviewer that he finds the subject offensive and said, “F*ck you to those people,” while giving the finger to the camera.

Follow this link to watch the video. (Via Gawker).

Elizabeth Lowell on Romance & the Evolution of Self-Publishing

19051Author Elizabeth Lowell has been writing romantic thrillers for almost 30 years. The best selling author, who got her start in traditional publishing, is now taking advantage of her genre’s popularity in eBooks by self-publishing many of her backlist titles. We caught up with Lowell to discuss how the romance genre has evolved over the years and how she is harnessing the digital changes that are currently taking place in publishing.

GalleyCat (GC): As a veteran to romance thrillers, what do you think of the surge in popularity of this genre in recent years? How has the market evolved over the years?

Elizabeth Lowell (EL): It’s fantastic that the market for romantic suspense has exploded in the last decade or so.  It’s a great time to be a genre fiction writer–and reader–in general. Sub genres like romantic suspense, historical romance, etc. tend to come and go and often return again to popularity. Reader preferences are definitely cyclical things and all of these categories have flourished, faded and then died back to a core of fans, then risen once again. Romantic suspense in particular has been very popular for the last 25 years or so, which I think tends to indicate there was a pent up demand that was not being met by the market. Read more

Open Road Integrated Media Offers Sci-Fi eBook Humble Bundle Deal

openroadOpen Road Integrated Media has formed a partnership with Humble Bundle. The two have crafted a special eBook package tailored for science fiction readers.

According to the press release, this deal “offers eleven science-fiction titles by authors such as Greg Bear, Timothy Zahn, and William Dietz, which are available in multiple formats including PDF, mobi, and epub.” Buyers who pay $12.00 or more will have access to all eleven books.

This Humble Bundle deal will be made available from July 9th to July 23rd. The proceeds will be donated to two nonprofit organizations, the Science Fiction Writers of America Medical Fund and First Book. What do you think?

Nick McWhorter Named VP of Media Licensing at Dark Horse Comics

dark horse logoNick McWhorter has been promoted to vice president of media licensing at Dark Horse Comics.

McWhorter has been with the company for ten years. Prior to this advancement, he served as the director of custom projects.

According to the press release, “McWhorter was instrumental in facilitating and building industry wide support to kick off Dark Horse Comic’s licensed video game lines with BioWare’s Mass Effect. To date, Nick McWhorter has inked publishing deals with such notable properties as EVE, Halo, Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Plants vs. Zombies, as well as #1 Bestseller – The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia!”

Costco Drops Then Restocks Controversial Book

America_NoShadow-270x415Discount retailer Costco has restocked copies of the controversial anti-Obama book America: Imagine a World Without Her by Dinesh D’Souza, after abundant backlash from conservative news pundits for removing the book from its shelves. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the company removed the book because of poor sales.

In an interview with Sean Hannity, D’Souza called the move “bizarre” pointing out that the book came out only three weeks ago.  ”About a week ago, it surpassed Hillary’s book on Amazon. It’s actually currently number one on the Amazon best-seller list,” he told the Fox News anchor. “So the sales of the book have been strong. And then, of course, a few days ago, my movie opened in 1,100 theaters around the country.”

Costco defended its decision in a statement: “Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited.  We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can’t carry every title that our members are interested in reading.  We are constantly monitoring book sales and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.” Read more

Paul Whitlatch to Join Hachette as Senior Editor

28af7b3Paul Whitlatch is leaving Simon & Schuster’s Scribner imprint to join the Hachette Books as Senior Editor later this month. He will be reporting to Hachetter Publisher Mauro DiPreta.

The editor has worked with a number of  bestselling authors including: actor James Franco, Harvard education expert Tony Wagner, novelist David Goodwillie and former CIA attorney John Rizzo. Here is more about his latest work from the press release: “His recent projects include Enough, a book on gun violence by former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly; Consumed, the debut novel by film director David Cronenberg; and MIT scientist David Rose’s Enchanted Objects, a book about the future of technology.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Whitlatch spent six years at Scribner as an editor. Prior to that he was an editorial assistant at W.W. Norton & Company. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at New York University, as well as a moderator at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2011, Whitlatch was a Frankfurt Fellow and in 2013 he was named a Visiting International Publisher by the Australian Council for the Arts. He will begin his new post will join Hachette July 21st.

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