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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."

John Ashbery Overcomes eBook Poetry Issues

johnashberyEver since eBooks have come out, authors have been concerned about how their work is is represented in the digital format. This is an especially pertinent issue for poets, whose use of the line on the page is part of the work itself.

But as digital continues to evolve, eBook developers are better preserving line breaks and stanza spacing. Just ask John Ashbery. Just a few years back the poet demanded that four eBook collections of his poetry be pulled after the format mutilated the work. But the 87 year-old has not given up on the digital format and in conjunction with digital publishing house Open Road, has published 17 digital collections of his work. This time, the technology is much better than his first time out.  Read more

Authors United Calls on Amazon Board Members to Take a Stand

authorsunitedAuthors United, a group of more than 900 authors including Stephen KingMalcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins, which has been pushing Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette, has sent a letter to Amazon board of directors asking them: “Do you as an Amazon director approve of this policy of sanctioning books?”

The letter, which is published on the group’s site, calls on these 10 board members to take a side in the Amazon/Hachette dispute. Here is an excerpt:

We are confident that you, as an Amazon board member, prize books and freedom of expression as much as we do. Since its founding, Amazon has been a highly regarded and progressive brand. But if this is how Amazon continues to treat the literary community, how long will the company’s fine reputation last? We appeal to you, with hope and goodwill, to exercise your governance and put an end to the sanctioning of books, which are the very foundation of our culture and democracy.

Free Samples of the NBA’s Young People’s Literature Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed the Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

Among this year’s ten Longlisted books are four former National Book Award Finalists, three Newbery Honor Book recipients, a Michael L. Printz Award Winner, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree. The ten titles on the Longlist are a range of sophisticated voices and writing styles in genres that include fantasy, memoir, mystery, nonfiction, science fiction, and a novelized history.

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Oscar Pistorius’ Agent Denies Memoir

pistoriusOscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter who was found guilty of culpable homicide after shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is not writing a memoir about the experience.

Pistorius’ agent Peet Van Zyl has denied that his client is working on a memoir after Van Zyl was quoted in The Observer mentioning such a project. Van Zyl says that the quote was taken out of context.

He clarified his statement to The Independent: ”During the interview, I was asked about the various books (about the death of Ms Steenkamp) that are in the works. All I said was ‘If and when Oscar decides to write a memoir, that’s the only book that will matter.’” (Via NPR Books).

British Politician Claims Prisoners Have Better Libraries Than the Public

35440.jpgUK Parliament member Philip Davies is claiming that British prisoners have a better reading selection than public library patrons.

In an address to the House of Commons, Davies explained his reasoning. The Telegraph has more:

Mr Davies said: “In a recent Parliamentary Question it was confirmed that £106 per prisoner is spent on libraries in prison. From a recent Freedom of Information request I did, I found out that in Leeds prison there are ten-and-a-half books per prisoner. In Wakefield prison there are 16.9 books per prisoner.

“By contrast, in the libraries in my constituency for the general public, there is only about one book per person. Would the Secretary of State agree with me that rather than prisoners being denied reading material, actually they are far better served than the general public?” Read more

Kat Meyer Joins Publishers Weekly as Events Director

unnamedKat Meyer, former conference chair for O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference and the Frankfurt Book Fair’s CONTEC Frankfurt, has joined Publishers Weekly as Director, Events and Community Engagement.

In this newly created position, Meyer is tasked with managing and expanding the publication’s events which include podcasts, sponsored webcasts and live events. She will work with PW‘s digital, social media, sales and marketing teams on these various events and will report to Publishers Weekly publisher Cevin Bryerman.

“Kat brings business intelligence and expertise to Publishers Weekly. Expanding events programs and deepening community outreach will amplify the PWxyz brands, including Publishers Weekly, PubMatch and BookLife, worldwide,” stated Bryerman.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Meyer has worked with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Books in Browsers, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Net Galley, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press and Rio Nuevo Publishers.

‘Of Mice & Men’ Theatrical Adaptation Starring James Franco to Hit Movie Theaters

ofmiceandmenIf you missed James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men in New York, don’t worry you may get your chance to see the play just yet.

The National Theatre Live filmed a performance of the Anna D. Shapiro-directed play and will be broadcasting the piece in movie theaters around the globe beginning on November 6th. Known for broadcasting filmed theatrical performances from UK theaters, this is the first time the National Theater Live has filmed a Broadway production.

The production company has yet to release their full theatrical screening schedule, but you can sign up for email alerts at this link.

Read a Lost Chapter From ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

charlieandthechocolateRoald Dahl‘s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the new release contains a couple of previously unreleased chapters, which were edited out of an early draft of the original book. Vanity Fair has published one of these chapters entitled, “The Warming-Candy Room.”

Here is more from Vanity Fair:

In “The Warming Candy Room,” three boys neglect to heed Mr. Wonka’s warnings and eat too many of his soft-centered “warming candies,” and end up “bursting with heat.” The boys do not appear elsewhere in the book, betraying a key characteristic of Dahl’s writing process. “One of the things that was quite interesting about Dahl was that he didn’t really look backward over his work,” Sturrock explains. “It’s not as if this was just the one missing chapter; there are many bits and pieces of the book that fell along the wayside. Once he decided that something wasn’t working, he just moved on.”

This isn’t the first new chapter to make the rounds. Last month, The Guardian published another early chapter that was cut called, “The Vanilla Fudge Room.” The new book has also brought out about a controversial new book cover and a golden ticket sweepstakes.

B&N’s Nook Partners With ESI Media on UK Literacy Push

esimediaBarnes & Noble’s Nook Media has forged a partnership with ESI Media, the commercial department of The London Evening Standard and The Independent, for an initiative that promotes reading in London schools with low literacy rates.

The Get London Reading program, now in its second year will encourage reading in a number of ways.There will be a public read-a-thon (last year’s attracted 20,000 people) and award winning theater actress Cush Jumbo will visit a London primary school to read to kids.

Nook’s part in all of this includes sponsorship of the Best Play accolade at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and on-going support for the London Evening Standard Get London Reading campaign. They will also provide eReaders for public readings and will be giving away eBooks.

New Dr. Seuss Stories Discovered

9780385382984Dr. Seuss fans young and old have something to be excited about. Random House has just unearthed some lesser-known stories by the author and published them into a new volume called Horton and the Kwuggerbug.

The four stories in the book were originally published in Redbook magazine in the 1950s, but have never before been published in a book. The stories star some classic Seuss characters and locations including Horton the Elephant, the Grinch and Mulberry Street, as well as some new creatures including a Kwuggerbug.

Here is more from the book’s listing:

Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrity, Marco’s amazing imagination, a narrowly avoided disaster on Mullbery Street, and a devious Grinch. With a color palette enhanced beyond that of the magazines in which the stories originally appeared, this new volume of “lost” tales is a perfect gift for young readers and a must-have for Seuss collectors of all ages!

(Via NPR).

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