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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."

‘LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology’ Self-Published Bestsellers List

lol LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology Collection leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

New Management Could Threaten World’s Largest Sci-Fi Library

eaton_logoScience fiction author Nalo Hopkinson has raised concerns that new management at the Eaton Science Fiction Collection – the world’s largest public science fiction and fantasy library in the world housed at the University of California Riverside- could threaten the institution.

Hopkinson, who teaches at the university, wrote a blog post this week claiming that  new management at the library has plans to drastically reduce the collection size. Check it out:

Since spring of this year, their accomplishments have included driving out staff members and pushing changes to collection policies that would reduce the Eaton’s holdings, its value to researchers and as a repository of our community’s history, and its standing as a world-class archive. Meetings with the staff of the Eaton have been productive, collegial gatherings. Meetings to negotiate with the new library administration, not so much. It’s putting the faculty of the research cluster in the alarming position of having to protect the very collection we’re charged with fostering. We’re dealing with the new library admins’ efforts to split up the collection and change priorities for what to collect (eg, e-text over print) without consulting scholars in the field, and with what we’d characterize as harassment of staff, who’ve demonstrated extreme competence over the years. (Via Sciencefiction.com)

‘Biology’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

dragonfly-reflectionBiology by Joseph S. Levine & Kenneth R. Miller has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 6.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/18/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

Barnes & Noble Teams With Samsung on New Galaxy Tab Nook

LP_Galaxy_SpecOffer_DMBarnes & Noble has still not given up hope on digital reading devices. More than a year after a failed collaboration between Microsoft and Nook, the company’s Nook Media division has partnered with Samsung to create a new co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.

The new 7-inch Android tablet brings Samsung’s technology together with Nook’s content and is “optimized for reading.” Readers can purchase and read eBooks from the Nook store on the device and access Nook videos, apps and the Nook newsstand. The Wi-Fi-enabled device weighs 9.74 ounces and is .35 inches thick. It also features a 1.3-megapixel front and 3-megapixel rear-facing cameras to take pictures and to host video chats.

The device is now available in Barnes & Noble stores and online for $179. The purchase also includes $200 worth of content including the eBooks: FreakonomicsThe Wanderer and I Am Number Four, as well as the TV shows: HBO’s Veep, NBC Universal’sHannibal and BBC America’s Orphan Black.

 

 

 

The Best American Comics Series 2014 Issue Drops in October

image002The 2014 edition of The Best American Comics comes out this October, a collection of the best comics and webcomics of the year.

The collection features pieces from Allie Brosh, Raina Telgemeier, Nina Bujevac, Charles Burns, R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Jamie Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Adrian Tomine and Chris Ware, among others.

Comics expert Scott McCloud edited the volume. The book goes on sale on October 7th. You can read more at this link.

 

 

 

Michael Sand to Join Abrams as Publisher

MichaelSandMichael Sand, who is currently Executive Editor at Little, Brown will join Abrams as Vice President, Publisher for Adult Trade on September 22nd.

Sand has more than 20 years experience working with illustrated books. He joined Little, Brown in 2006 where he worked on cooking titles including: The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg and Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. Prior to Little, Brown, Sand served as an Executive Editor at The Aperture Foundation where he worked for ten years.

“Michael Sand is the perfect candidate to continue to envision, shape, and drive our adult editorial programs at ABRAMS. In addition to his consummate editorial skill and taste, Sand is an expert on and adept at nonfiction publishing with a focus on narrative, biography, memoir, art, and photography, as well as lifestyle and, especially, cooking and food. His skills and taste are a rare mix in today’s trade books environment,” stated Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of Abrams.

How to Submit to the London Book Festival

londonbookfestThe 2014 London Book Festival is currently looking for entries for its annual awards, which highlight the best in international publishing.

The festival considers titles in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian. Titles can be self-published or traditionally published. Categories include: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, poetry, art/photography, young adult, how-to, wild card (anything goes!), business, science fiction, history, romance, spiritual/religous and biography/autobiography/memoir. Works must have been published after January 1, 2011.

The judges will judge the works based on storytelling and its potential to have an international impact. The winner will earn $1500 in prize money, as well as a flight to London to attend the ceremony in January 2015. submissions will be open through November 25, 2014. Follow this link for more information on how to enter.

Kensington Publishing Teams With Books-A-Million on eBooks

kensington 200Kensington Publishing Corp. has formed a new partnership with book retailer Books-A-Million to launch a new program which will bring digital titles to print for the first time.

Through the Lyrical High Notes program, select titles from the publisher’s digital imprint will be published as special edition trade paperbacks for sale for a limited period exclusively at Books-A-Million. The books will cost $12.95 each.

The new program will kick off in November 2014 with three bestsellers, which were previously only available as eBooks. Titles include:  Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti, Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti and Playing the Game by M. Q. Barber. In January 2015, the Lyrical High Notes will put out two new titles: Crossing the Line by M.Q. Barber and Better than Perfect by Kristina Mathews. Beginning in February 2015, the program will release one new title per month for the rest of the year.

 

Daniel Hannan Has Won the Paolucci Book Award

UKBritish politician and journalist Daniel Hannan has won the  2014 Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award for his book Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World. The award honors “the best work of conservative scholarship published in the previous year.”

Hannan was selected from a shortlist of five writers who were also nominated for the award including: Mary Eberstadt (How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization); Samuel GreggBecoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European FutureArthur Herman (The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle) and Yuval Levin (The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left).

Hannan will receive a $5,000 cash prize. He will also deliver a public lecture on the book and do a book signing on Wednesday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m. at The University and Whist Club in Wilmington, DE.

 

Test an EPUB File With FlightDeck

flightdeckFormatting a Word file into an EPUB file that works well across the different eBook stores can be a challenge. Firebrand Technologies has a new tool designed to help authors and publishers overcome any formatting issues. The service is called FlightDeck and it allows users to run quality checks in EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 files.

The tool allows you to see whether or not your EPUB files will be accepted by eBook retailers and distributors including: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo and NetGalley. The tool was built with insights from these partners and includes some of the same validation checks that their own in-house systems use when determining whether or not to accept a file.

FlightDeck has been in open beta for the past couple of months but is now widely available. The service offers one-off pricing and bulk pricing. You can test one book for $35.00 and 500 books for $5000, with varying price points in between.

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