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Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

‘The News Sorority’ Tells the Story of Female TV News Anchors

UnknownIn her new book, Shelia Weller tells the triumphant story of how leading female TV news reporters Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour achieved success.

The story reveals how these women climbed the ladder to success and uncovers rivalries in the newsroom. The Daily Beast has published some highlights from the book, which is not without its tawdry rumors.

For instance, this excerpt: “When Diane beat Katie on an interview with a 57-year-old woman who’d given birth to twins, Katie mused aloud, according to a person who heard the comment: ‘I wonder who she blew this time to get it.’”

 

‘Infinite Jest’ Adapted in Lego

infinitejestKevin Griffith, an English professor in Ohio has teamed up with his 11 year old son to create a Lego adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest.

Brick Jest” recreates 100 scenes from the tome. The two have documented the project with photography with text captions.

The pair were inspired to create Brick Jest after reading Brendan Powell Smith‘s The Brick Bible, a series of books that teach Bible stories to kids with Lego. Check it out:  ”Wallace’s novel is probably the only contemporary text to offer a similar challenge to artists working in the medium of Lego.  The artist in this case was Griffith’s eleven-year-old son, Sebastian, who created all the scenes based on his father’s descriptions of the relevant pages.”

 

Suge Knight Shooting May Have Stemmed From Book Proposal

suge_twitter_400x400Former Death Row Records co-founder/CEO Suge Knight was shot last weekend at a VMA pre-party hosted by rapper Chris Brown. Now rumors are circulating that the incident may have gone down been because Knight was shopping a tell-all book.

According to Page Six, Knight has been trying to sell an autobiography. Knight had a deal with Penguin’s Riverhead Books back in 2002, but the project never came to fruition.

The New York Post has the scoop: “We’re told that Knight — who’s refused to talk to police about last weekend’s shooting — was also recently shopping a movie and had filmed a pilot for a reality show a few years ago, though it’s never aired. ‘Suge doing a tell-all book would be a huge best seller, and probably one of the few things he could do,’ a source told us.”

Academic Collects 2.6M Copyright-Free Images on Flickr

internetarchiveAmerican academic Kalev Leetaru has been going through the Internet Archive to build a database of copyright-free photos online.

He has uploaded the collection and tagged them on Flickr. So far the collection boasts more than 2.6 million images.

BBC has the story: “The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organization. The images have been difficult to access until now. Mr Leetaru said digitisation projects had so far focused on words and ignored pictures. ‘For all these years all the libraries have been digitising their books, but they have been putting them up as PDFs or text searchable works,’ he told the BBC.”

Florida University Opens ‘Bookless’ Library

floridapolytechniclibraryThe Florida Polytechnic University has opened its doors for the semester with a new library, but the library doesn’t have any print books.

Instead, the new space designed by modernist Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, features a collection of 135,000 eBooks.

The Guardian has more: “‘Our on-campus library is entirely digital,’ said director oflibraries Kathryn Miller. ‘We have access to print books through the state university system’s interlibrary loan program.  However, we strongly encourage our students to read and work with information digitally.’”

‘The New World’ Turns Novel Into Digital Experience

thenewworldChris Adrian and Eli Horowitz, winners of the Webby & SXSW Interactive Awards for their digital novel The Silent History, have a new digital novel out from Atavist Books that pushes the boundaries of the published word.

The story and the user experience of The New World  reflect the digital experience. The book tells the tale of a tragic love story between two doctors. The storytelling concept was conceived in cyclical structure, and is comprised of three cycles. Readers can swipe between pages and follow the story in different directions based on how they swipe. The reader reads through Cycle #1 and when they are finished, the content page reappears revealing Cycle #2.

Content-wise the story in Cycle #2 moves backwards in time, as readers swipe in the opposite direction. Readers might get the sense that the book has ended with Cycle #2, but once they have completed the text, Cycle #3 appears. This section of the book is read scrolling downwards.

 

Crowdfunding 101: INFOGRAPHIC

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 11.55.55 AMThinking about launching a crowd funding project? HiveWire has created an infographic which explores trends in crowd funding based on numbers from Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

The graphic includes analysis of all campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo completed by August 7th, 2014. According to the graphic, donors pledged $1.17 billion on projects on the two sites combined in 2013. That number is expected to reach $4.35 billion by 2015. The graphic also reveals that about 26 percent of writing projects met their goal. This is based on about 26,000 projects tracked.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.

 

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Bruce Springsteen Has Written a Children’s Book

outlaw-pete-9781501103865_lgRocker Bruce Springsteen has written a children’s book called Outlaw Pete, which is based on a song from his 1979 album Working on a Dream.

Outlaw Pete is “a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood,” explains the book’s description.

The book, which Simon & Schuster is publishing in November, is inspired by “Bruce’s Western loves, which now range from John Ford movies to Mexican music to Native American art.” The book features illustrations by Frank Caruso and includes a soundtrack of original songs by The Boss.

Simon & Schuster will publish the book in November.

Aldi Australia Pulls Roald Dahl Book From Shelves

UnknownGrocery store chain Aldi has pulled Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Revolting Rhymes from bookshelves in its stores in Australia after a customer complained  on Facebook that the book includes the word ‘slut.’

“Poor Cindy’s heart was torn to shreds. My Prince! she thought. He chops off heads! How could I marry anyone who does that sort of thing for fun? The Prince cried, ‘Who’s this dirty slut? Off with her nut! Off with her nut!’,”  reads the nursery rhyme.

The store’s move has caused an uproar among Aldi customers, who have been commenting negatively about the censorship on the store’s Facebook page. “Is it true that you withdrew Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ (an all-time classic from one of the world’s most popular children’s authors EVER) after ONE complaint? SHAME, ALDI, SHAME!,” wrote one Facebook user. “It is on every public library shelf, and in most schools. No one HAS to read it or buy it – don’t show ignorance and weakness by depriving other customers.” (Via The Guardian).

 

Banned Books Week T-Shirts

bannedbookstshirtBanned Books Week is right around the corner. This year the celebration of censored books will take place from September 21st to 27th.

To celebrate, designer Anne Simon has create a t-shirt promoting the event and is selling them on Zazzle for $37.95 each. The t-shirsts come in a variety of colors and styles.

For more information about Banned Books Week, check out our post How to Participate in Banned Books Week.

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