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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."

PEN American Center Kicks Off Fall Event Series

penamericaPEN American Center has kicked off its Fall events series, a lineup of discussions featuring writers, musicians and critics around New York City.

The first night, which took place this past Tuesday, was called ”What Can’t Be Sung” and featured a discussion between The New Yorker‘s music writer Sasha Frere-Jones, Chinese author/filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and the singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.

The next event in the series, “Something to Hide: Writers Against the Surveillance State,” will take place at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The PEN DIY Series, which “celebrates how literature can be approachable yet unexpected, and how it can help us make sense of our lives,” will take place at the Ace Hotel once a month throughout the fall.

Follow this link to see the schedule for the series and read more about the other events.

Facebook Users Vote For Harry Potter as Book That Stayed With Them

harry potter logoWhat books have you read that stayed with you? Among Facebook users, the most popular answer to this question was Harry Potter.

A meme that recently picked up steam on the social network, had users sharing the top 10 books that had stayed with them. As is typical of a social action, the exercise instructed users, “Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.”

Facebook users took on the challenge and the game went viral. The social network examined the findings to conclude which books were most popular on this list.  Read more

James Franco’s New Book ‘Hollywood Dreaming’ Arrives This Month

hollywooddreamingActor/director James Franco has a new book coming out from Insight Editions later on this month called Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.

In his latest work, The Paris American’s “Poet of the Week” from April, tells his story of coming up in Hollywood through poetry, short stories, photos and paintings. USA Today has an excerpt of the new work. Here is a sample:

When I say I’m a clown, it means that I don’t fear embarrassment. That means that my inhibitions are nil; that I know how to take off the restraints and dance; that I can dance, and sing, and write, and perform in such a way that I can make people laugh. I have the power to make people laugh. Yes, I can make them cry too, but it’s the power of laughter that is more valuable.

How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?: INFOGRAPHIC

infographicPersonal Creations has created an infographic called, “How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?” which explores how long it takes to read different titles.

According to the graphic, it takes an average of 32.63 hours to read Leo Tolstoy‘s War & Peace and 60.23 hours to read the entire Harry Potter series of books. While titles like Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and Erich Segal’s Love Story can be read in under two hours.

Here is more about how they calculated reading time:

We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed, 300 words per minute, which will give you an approximate gauge of how long it will take any of the following great books.

Check out the entire graphic after the jump.

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HarperCollins to Sell English Language eBooks in China

harpercollinsHarperCollins Publishers will begin selling English language eBook titles in China through a partnership with  with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC). This is the first time that the publisher has sold eBooks to consumers in China through a local retailer.

At launch, about 800 HarperCollins backlist eBooks will be available through JD.com. This includes: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

“JD.com has been a key partner in selling HarperCollins print books in China for years and we are happy to work with them on our e-book business,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer for HarperCollins Publishers. “By expanding our international e-book distribution we’re opening up a new market for our authors’ works.”

88% of Americans Under 30 Have Read a Book in the Last Year: Pew Research

pewlogoEighty-eight percent of Americans under 30 read a book in the past year, which is more than older Americans, according to a new report form Pew Research. The report revealed that 79 percent of Americans 30 and older had read a book in the last year.

The research investigated how young Americans are using libraries. The report revealed that millennials are just as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past year. The report also found that this group is more likely to have used a library website in the past year than older Americans. While millennials admit to knowing where their local library is, many reported that they are unfamiliar with all of the services the library offers.

Here is more from the report: “Among those ages 16-29, 50% reported having used a library or bookmobile in the course of the past year in a September 2013 survey. Some 47% of those 30 and older had done so. Some 36% of younger Americans used a library website in that time frame, compared with 28% of those 30 and older.”

 

Happy Birthday Oyster: eBook Subscription Business Turns 1

oyster_iphone_book304eBook subscription service Oyster is turning 1! The venture-capital backed service lets readers pay $9.95 a month for access to as many eBooks as they can read. Since its launch last year, the playing field has gotten more competitive. Amazon launched a similar offering in July.
Over the past year, the Nexflix-for-books service has grown its list of 100,000 eBook titles to more than 500,000 titles and continues to grow its partnerships now counting more than 1,600 publisher partners. Their catalog includes works from more than 200,000 authors in 46 genres. At launch last year, the app was only available on iPhones, but is now available across iOS devices, on the web and on Android devices.
To celebrate their birthday, Oyster is running a Yearbook promotion calling readers to vote for their favorite books for the chance to win a free year’s subscription to the service.

 

Twitter Account to Tweet ‘The Great Gatsby’ in Its Entirety

EOAbUp_4_400x400Twitter user @ihatejoemarshal has set out to tweet F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel The Great Gatsby in its entirety, 140 characters at a time.

The Twitter account will post a tweet every day for five years. The first tweet went up yesterday.

 

‘Impulse’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

impulseImpulse: Companion to the Pulse Series by Deborah Bladon 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

‘Personal’ Leads iBooks Bestsellers List

personalchildPersonal by Lee Child has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/8/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Mean Streak by Sandra Brown continue to hold top positions on this list this week.

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

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