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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."

UK Army Tries to Block Book They Commissioned

CachedImage.axdThe Ministry of Defence in the UK is trying to block a book that it commissioned on the organization’s campaign in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The organization commissioned Mike Martin, a captain in the Territorial Army, to write the book entitled, An Intimate War – An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict 1978-2012. He has since quit over the dispute.

The Guardian has the scoop: “The MoD commissioned the book by Dr Mike Martin, but took exception to parts of the account. The dispute has gone on for more than a year. In a statement, the MoD said it ‘has a strong record of learning from previous campaigns and encourages its officers to challenge existing norms and conventional wisdom. However, the publication of books and articles by serving military personnel is governed by well-established policy and regulations. When these are breached, the MoD will withhold approval.’”

The book is slated for publication tomorrow.

 

How Much Time Book-to-TV Adaptations Get Out of a Page: Infographic

gameofthronesStatista has created an infographic called, “How Much Time Book-to-TV Adaptations Get Out of a Page,” which explores how many hours of television you get out of a written page of a book.

Using data reported in The Guardian, Statistica illustrates how a show like “Boardwalk Empire”, has gotten four seasons worth of TV shows from a 312-page book. Game of Thrones, however, covered 1,980 pages from books in 26.5 hours of viewing. Here is more from the Statista site: “That means “Game of Thrones” gets 0.8 minutes of screen time out of a page while “Boardwalk Empire” spends 8.77 minutes per page of the book it’s based on.” (Via Mashable).

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump. Read more

‘The Fixed Trilogy’ Leads theSelf-Published Bestsellers List, Again

fixedtrilogyThe Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige continues to lead 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

Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week

oxforduniversitypressOxford University Press is making its online products free next week in honor of National Library Week in the United States. The open access will run from  April 13th to April 19th.

Check it out: “OUP is freeing up all of our online products* for the week! Libraries are a vital part of many communities, whether it is a school, a town/city, the government, a corporation, or a hospital, and we have freed up this unprecedented amount of content to show our appreciation for these libraries.”

To access the content, readers aren’t required to sign up. Users can simply enter the username “libraryweek” and password “libraryweek” in order to check out the content.

‘Flash Boys’ Leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks List

Flash Boys Mech 3p_r3.REV.for cat.inddFlash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. last week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/7. Lewis’ popular new book has ousted Divergent from the No. 1 spot for the first time in weeks. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with three books ranked at No.2-4.

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

Paddington Bear Returns in New Book

paddingtonbearMichael Bond is bringing back the children’s book character Paddington Bear in a new collection of letters written from the bear to his Aunt Lucy.

Love from Paddington is slated for publication by HarperCollins in November. In the book, the Peruvian bear will recount his world travels and tell how he arrived at Paddington Station in London. In the book, he will also reveal how he met the Brown family and came to live with them.

The new book comes as a film adaptation of the book is also in the works. The film, directed by Paul King and starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, is slated for release in December.

Screwpulp Connects Self-Published Authors With Readers

screwpulpLooking for a way to find new readers for your self-published book? Check out Screwpulp, a new platform designed to help new writers find readers.

Any author can publish a book on Screwpulp. At first the book is available for free. The idea is that readers are more likely to take a risk and read a new author when the book is free. Readers can read the titles on their Kindle. The site encourages readers to review and share the books with their social networks.

Once a book has a number of reads and reviews, then the price will go up. “As a book gains it popularity and ratings it is reflected by the price moving up incrementally,” explains the site. Authors control the rights to their works and collect 75 percent of the profit. Authors are required to keep their book on Screwpulp for at least 90 days. (Via Mashable).

Book-Inspired Purses

purseBooks are inspiring high-end hand bag designers, who are designing clutches that look like books. The Little Wonder Book Boats by Beatrice J. Hurley, Paperboats A Sailing by Jennifer Just and Surgeon of the Seas by Charles S. Foltz have all been adapted into handbags this season. Olympia Le-Tan is selling these bags.

E Online has created a DIY guide on how to turn a hardcover book into a purse. All you need is an old hardcover, a ruler, some glue, an X-Acto knife, a clasp, and a glue brush.

For more in literary fashion, check out these book-inspired brooches, and Lithographs’ books on t-shirts and tote bags.

Wattpad Raises $46 Million in Series C Funding

wattpadmobile304Digital writing community Wattpad has raised $46 million in Series C funding. The money will help fund an expansion in the company’s team in Toronto. Wattpad is planning to move to a new downtown office space at the end of the month to accommodate the growing team. The money will also go towards supporting product development and community growth.

“We’ve grown 200% since this time last year and tens of thousands of people join the Wattpad community each day,” stated Allen Lau, Wattpad CEO and co-founder. “We’re on-track to become one of the most successful consumer Internet companies in the world. With this latest investment we’ll continue to build a Toronto company that has global impact.”

According to Wattpad’s latest revelations, the company now has 25 million members worldwide, who collectively spend 6 billion minutes a month engaging with Wattpad content a month. Interestingly, Wattpad is the leading app in the Philippines. In addition, 10 percent of overall Wattpad traffic comes from Spanish-speaking countries.

 

 

Scholastic Launches Summer Book Reading Challenge

scholastic304Scholastic has opened the pre-registration for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for educators.

The free online reading program encourages kids to read during the summer and to log their hours through Scholastic’s site. Students and teachers can set their reading goals and compete against other their students to win prizes.

“We know all teachers are committed to ensuring that their students keep their reading skills sharp throughout the summer,” stated Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer at Scholastic. “The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge offers a fun and interactive experience designed to motivate kids, engage parents and make summer 2014 a summer of reading.”

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