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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 New Yorker is Offering Free Digital Access to Entire Publication All Summer

thenewyorkerThe New Yorker is publishing its entire print magazine online for free through the end of the summer.

The free giveaway is part of the magazine’s digital redesign, which includes a new website, as well as a new mobile experience. With the redesign comes new content. The site already publishes fifteen original stories a day and has plans to increase this number.Check it out:

We are promising more, as well as an even greater responsiveness to what is going on in the world. For instance, in addition to Daily Comment, which usually concerns itself with political matters, we will also feature a Daily Cultural Comment, a regular column in which our critics and other writers confront everything from the latest debates over the impact of technology to the latest volume from Chicago, Oslo, or Lima and the ongoing sagas of Don Draper, Daenerys Targaryen, and Hannah Horvath.

In the fall, the magazine will return to a limited access website, giving only subscribers full access with the implementation of a new paywall.

George R.R. Martin & Robin Hobb To Appear Together in London Next Month

martinhobbsFamed sci-fi authors George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb are getting together for a live event in London on August 19th. At the event, the two authors discuss “how they build their fictional universes, create their characters and balance fantasy and reality.”

Publisher HarperVoyager UK revealed the news on Twitter today.

The event will take place at a venue in Central London. Tickets will go on sale later this week. The tickets will cost £45 each and will include a hardcover edition of Hobb’s latest novel Fool’s Assassin.

Ben Cameron: Publishers Need to Match the Book to the Medium

cameronpublicityBook publicist Ben Cameron believes that publishers have a long way to go before they get eBooks right. In a piece penned for The Huffington Post, Cameron recounts his experience of reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on his Kindle.

The book itself is an eBook, according to the storyline, yet Cameron points out that the publisher didn’t go anything to take advantage of this fact when creating the eBook. Instead of making it interactive, they simply took the print files and digitized them.

Here is more from his piece: “At the moment publishers are quickly churning out ebook versions of the mainstays of their print backlists. But more often than not they are doing so without giving a moment’s thought to making even the simplest of changes to the printed book. So we end up with an introduction to an ebook that sings the praises of paperbacks or ebook cover images taken straight from printed books that boast of illustrations – when the illustrations have been stripped from the ebook editions.”

Sherlock Holmes’ Resume: INFOGRAPHIC

holmesresumeWould you hire Sherlock Holmes to work for your company? McGraw-Hill has created a one-sheet for the detective to show off his skill set and help him get work.

The infographic is part of a promotional tool to support the upcoming book The Infographic Resume: How to Create a Visual Portfolio that Showcases Your Skills and Lands the Job.

We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

Australian Author Among the Victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

0002030..jpgAustralian author Liam Davison was among those that died in the Malaysia Airlines Flight that was shot down over the Ukraine last week.

Davidson was the author of five books including: The Velodrome, Soundings and The White Woman. He had also published two collections of short stories including The Shipwreck Party.

According to the bio on Penguin Books Australia’s website, Davison was awarded the National Book Council’s Banjo Award for Fiction in 1993 and was shortlisted for several literary prizes such as The Age Book of the Year Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

Amazon Reveals Kindle Unlimited eBook Subscription Service

kindleunlimitedAfter rumors have been flying all week about Amazon getting into the eBook subscription business, the online retail giant has confirmed the service and has revealed the details. Amazon has launched Kindle Unlimited, a new eBook subscription service that operates as a kind of Netflix for eBooks. The service is available on Kindle devices, as well as on Kindle apps.

Kindle Unlimited gives members access to more than 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of Audible audiobooks for $9.99 a month. This is a larger collection than Oyster, an eBook subscription service that has been taking off this year, which offers 500,000 eBooks in its library and don’t have an audiobook offering. Kindle Unlimited subscribers will receive a complimentary three-month Audible membership, which gives Amazon the ability to provide these members with access to audiobook titles.

Amazon is currently offering a free 30-day trial period so that customers can try out the new service.

Oyster Responds to Amazon’s Entry Into eBook Subscription Market

oyster_iphone_book304Oyster, a leader in the Netflix-for-eBooks business, has responded to news that Amazon has entered the burgeoning new marketplace.

“We’re not surprised,” explained Eric Stromberg, CEO and Co-Founder at Oyster, in a statement. “They have pivoted from transactional to subscription-based in other media, and have had limited success. They really paved the way in ebooks, and it’s exciting to see them embrace the market we created as the future of books.”

Amazon’s new service, Kindle Unlimited, will compete directly with Oyster’s eBook subscription service. Both companies charge about $10 a month in subscription fees for unlimited access to their entire library. Oyster’s collection consists of more than 500,000 titles and Amazon’s boasts more than 600,000.

Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Sensation Signs Book Deal

unlockingthetruthUnlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band of soon-to-be eighth graders, has signed a book deal with Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Charisse Jones, a co-author of dancer Misty Copeland’s memoir Life in Motion, has signed on as writer. Jane Startz of Jane Startz Productions and Stacey Barney, Senior Editor, Putnam Books for Young Readers brokered the deal whose terms were not disclosed.

“The book is important to us because we will get to share our journey with the world and inspire both kids and adults, and show that if you work hard your dream just might come true,” explained the band in a statement.  ”And it is an amazing opportunity to tell the world what friendship is about.  We are more than just a band; we are the best of friends proving that the whole is bigger than the individual.” Read more

Singapore Comes Around on Banning Gay Children’s Books

logo_nlbThe National Library Board of Singapore has stopped plans to destroy and remove children’s books featuring gay and lesbian characters from its shelves. While one of the three banned titles has already been destroyed, the other two will not be destroyed and will instead be moved to an adult section of the library.

NBC News has more: “‘I have also asked NLB to review the process by which they deal with such books,” [Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob] Ibrahim said. The library had previously said that the books went against ‘social norms’, with the majority of Singaporeans appearing to be against same-sex relationships.”

The books in question include: And Tango Makes Three; The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption; and Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families. It is not clear, which book was destroyed and which remain.

The change of heart comes after fierce opposition to the ban from activists on Twitter with the hashtag #FreeMyLibrary, as well as an open letter criticizing the decision published online which collected thousands of signatures.

Bill O’Reilly to Narrate His Upcoming Audiobook

billoreillyOutspoken Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly will be the voice for his upcoming audiobook edition of Killing Patton, the fourth book in his bestselling history series which he wrote in collaboration with Martin Dugard.

Macmillan Audio, the audiobook publisher revealed that O’Reilly was in the studio to record his book this week. The audiobook and print edition of the title comes out on September 23, 2014. O’Reilly’s other audiobooks in the series have done well in the past. Killing Lincoln, was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2011; Killing Kennedy was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2012 and Killing Jesus was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Bill O’Reilly back in the studio recording Killing Patton,” stated  Mary Beth Roche, President and Publisher of Macmillan Audio. ”His powerful narration and this fascinating topic are sure to be another bestselling combination.”

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