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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."

Jon Stewart To Hillary Clinton: “No One Cares About Your Book”

Hillary Clinton was on the Jon Stewart Show last night to discuss her new book Hard Choices.

After making a joke about how long the book is, Stewart came right out and said that no one cares about the book, “They just want to know if you’re running for president,” he said. The former Secretary of State danced around the question and hinted at her interest without confirming that she is running for president.

We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

‘Where I Belong’ Holds No. 1 Spot on Self-Published Bestsellers List

whereibelongcoverWhere I Belong (Alabama Summer Book 1) by J. Daniels leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week for the second week in a row.

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

France Bans Free Shipping on Discounted Books Online

franceFrance has passed a new law which prevents online booksellers from offering free shipping on discounted books.

The New York Times has the scoop: “The new measure is part of France’s effort to promote “biblio-diversity” and help independent bookstores compete. Here, there’s no big bookseller with the power to suddenly turn off the spigot. People in the industry estimate that Amazon has a 10 or 12 percent share of new book sales in France. Amazon reportedly handles 70 percent of the country’s online book sales, but just 18 percent of books are sold online.”

The law stems from the 1981 Lang law, which prevents any bookseller in France from pricing a new book for less than 5 percent off of the cover price. The idea is to keep book prices the same around the country, in order to keep publishers and booksellers in business.

‘Act of War’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

 actofwarAct of War by Brad Thor has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

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

How to be Lena Dunham’s Opening Act on Her Book Tour

lena-300x300Girls creator Lena Dunham is going on a tour to promote her new book Not That Kind of Girl, and you can apply to be her opening act in your local city.

Check it out: “Think you’d make a great opening act for one of Lena’s events? Show us what you’ve got! Submit a video demonstrating your talent (singing, comedy, musical spoons, etc) under your local city where available. Your act must be 3 – 5 minutes and able to be performed with a limited set (AKA a solo microphone and a stage). We want to keep it local, so we ask that you reside within a 75 mile radius of the event city for which you are submitting your talent.”

You have until 11:59pm ET on August 1st to apply. Follow this link to apply.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Turns 50

2224_IMAGE_0*650,0,347x347,1Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory turns 50 this year. To commemorate the occasion, Penguin Young Readers has released a new paperback edition of the novel and is running its own golden ticket sweepstakes.

Five young readers will win a trip to New York City and a VIP experience at Dylan’s Candy Bar. In addition, winners will get a year’s supply of chocolate, a library of Dahl books and tickets to see Matilda the Musical. Follow this link to enter the contest. Penguin Young Readers will donate money and a book to the nonprofit First Book for every entry they receive.

To help build up enthusiasm, the publisher  hosted a party at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York back in April. The springtime fete brought out the likes of Roald Dahl’s grandson Luke Kelly, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and  Joseph Schindelman, the original illustrator of the book.

 

Scholastic to Go Multi-Platform With Upcoming TombQuest Series

tombquestScholastic is bringing a new title to its online gaming/multi-platform book community called TombQuest.

Joining the likes of The 39 CluesInfinity Ring and Spirit Animals, TombQuest is an action adventure story set in ancient Egypt written by author Michael Northrop. The story will include a series of five books, as well as an online interactive game.

The first book in the series, Book of the Dead, is slated for release in February 2015. The second will come out the following May. The books will include hidden puzzles and coded messages on the covers which readers can use in the online game. A beta edition of the game will launch this December. The game allows players to design their own ancient Egyptian maze. There is also a place in the game where readers can write their own fan fiction and share it with their friends.

The series will be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Ireland a Literary Atlas: INFOGRAPHIC

irelandliteraryatlasBuyBooks.ie and Neoman Studios have collaborated on an infographic which explores the literary history of Ireland.

The “Ireland a Literary Atlas,” graphic maps out the literary contributions of writers from many of the counties in Ireland. Check it out: “Whether you tour by foot or by book, you’ll soon discover that Ireland is blessed with a literary heritage, inspired by the diverse beauties of our country.”

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

Singapore Bans Children’s Books Featuring Gay Characters

logo_nlbThe government of Singapore has banned children’s books featuring gay and lesbian characters.

The regime has required the National Library Board (NLB) to destroy three children’s books including: And Tango Makes Three; The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption; and Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families.

TIME has more: “The ban was reportedly spurred by a complaint from a single library user who is also a member of the Facebook group “We Are Against Pinkdot in Singapore.” The NLB boasts a collection of more than five million books and audio-visual materials, and a spokesperson toldChannel News Asia that it acts on less than a third of the 20 or so removal requests received each year. (James Patterson’s Kill Me If You Can, which depicts incest, was the subject of a complaint but remains on the shelves.)”

The ban has prompted outrage from activists who have taken to Twitter to express their dismay with the decision using the hashtag #FreeMyLibrary. In addition, activists have written a letter criticizing the decision, which collected 4,600 signatures as of 8:00am on July 10th.

David Mitchell is Publishing His New Short Story Live on Twitter

davidmitchellBritish author David Mitchell is taking to Twitter to publish his latest short story. He began the project today under the hashtag #THERIGHTSORT. You can read the story at this link.

The story is told from the point of view of a boy who is high on his mother’s Valium. “He likes Valium because it reduces the bruising hurly-burly of the world into orderly, bite-sized ‘pulses’. So the boy is essentially thinking and experiencing in Tweets,” Mitchell told The Guardian. “My hope is then that the rationale for deploying Twitter comes from inside the story, rather than it being imposed by me, from outside, as a gimmick.”

Here is an excerpt:

Mitchell is not the first author to experiment with Twitter as a story telling platform.

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