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Scott Berkun Shares Advice for Writers Working Remotely

In his new book, The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work, author Scott Berkun outlined what he learned while working as a manager at the major blog company.

On today’s Morning Media Menu, Berkun shared insights that can help editors, publishers and writers cope with the rapidly changing digital workplace. Press play below to listen, but here’s an excerpt:

Working remotely at all is considered taboo at some companies, but I think that is foolish. It should all be focused on the results instead of these superficial characteristics. If someone can work well remotely, then where they are in the world shouldn’t really matter that much. It should be focused on their output and their results.

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Mike & Judy Radio Show Relaunched as Arts & Seizures

Authors Mike Edison and Judy McGuire will relaunch their Mike & Judy radio show as “Arts & Seizures” this weekend.

The founders have recorded 100 episodes on the indie network, Heritage Radio Network. ”We thought it was time that the name of our show better reflect our content,” explained co-host McGuire.

Mike & Judy will continue to feature an incredible range of guests, across a broad spectrum of the arts – from high-minded writers to professional wrestlers, actors, comedians, chefs, musicians, journalists, directors, and producers … The first episode of Arts & Seizures debuts live on the Heritage Radio Network on Sunday, September 15 at 2pm, with special guest Roger Clark, performing with his band, Perp Walk. Clark is one of New York’s favorite television journalists, having consistently broken new and often mind-boggling ground on NY1.

BookVibe Recommends Books Based on Your Twitter Feed

The tech company Parakweet has launched the beta version of a new book recommendation engine called BookVibe.

BookVibe users will receive book suggestions based on information culled from the streams of their personal Twitter accounts. At the moment, the developers are currently building technology that will search through Facebook pages as well. Here’s more about the service:

BookVibe digs through your Twitter stream to show you books being discussed by your friends (the people you follow)…We compile this for you on one handy page and send out a weekly email digest highlighting books from your book stream.

Feedly Sold Nearly $500,000 in Subscriptions in 8 Hours

How much would you pay for a lifetime subscription to your RSS reading service? RSS reader Feedly raised nearly $500,000 by selling a limited edition lifetime subscription for $99.

AppNewser has more:

Delivering RSS feeds got a lot more interesting and profitable now that Google has left the building. As of July 1, 2013 when Google reader shuttered its RSS service, Feedly has seen a drastic increase in users and now the company managed to raise nearly $500,000 in subscriptions in a span of eight short hours. Feedly introduced its premium lifetime RSS service was priced at $99.99 sold out within the first day – a total of 5,000 happy backers. The money will go toward better hardware to run Feedly.

Half Price Books Starts Book Beard Trend

Bookseller Half Price Books has launched a Book Beard tumblr page. They urged readers to imitate the catbearding photo trend, using books instead of cats.

You can share book beard photos on Instagram with the hashtag #BookBeard and will host weekly giveaways around book themes.

This week’s theme is “Book of Your Choosing, and/or Favorite Childhood Book.”

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Writer Recounts Visit from Terrorism Task Force

Writer Michele Catalano published an essay on Medium, recounting how a “joint terrorism task force” sent six agents to her house–reportedly because their family used computers to research pressure cookers and backpacks.

UPDATE: Suffolk County Police Department have released this statement:

Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”

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Shindig to Host Online Author Chats Live From BEA

Missing BookExpo America this year? You can watch many of the the guests online.

Shindig will be hosting video chats with fifty authors live from BEA. These online conversations will take place from Thursday, May 30th until Saturday, June 1st.

Some of the authors who will take part include The Summer I Turned Pretty author Jenny HanRevenge Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger, and Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk. Some of the people who will serve as interviewers include Publishing Business Group editorial director Lynn RosenBeatrice founder Ron Hogan, and Movable Type Management president Jason Ashlock. Who do you look forward to hearing from?

Open Source Project Helps New Yorker Collect Anonymous Tips

To help readers share stories, tips and secrets anonymously, the New Yorker will use a new tool called Strongbox.

Co-developed by the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the open-source code could help more journalists communicate with confidential sources. AppNewser has all the details:

The New Yorker has introduced a new online receptacle where sources can share documents and messages with the magazine anonymously. The tool is called Strongbox and it is accessible using the Tor network, a private and secure online network. The publication will not record the I.P. address or any browsing information from people who share documents on Strongbox. It will also not try to access your computer or operating system, and they will not add cookies to your browser.

James Altucher: ‘First Book Ever To Be for Sale ONLY on Bitcoin’

Author James Altucher is letting his fans buy his book with Bitcoin–weeks before you can buy the book with more traditional currencies. According to the author, this is the “first book ever to be for sale ONLY on bitcoin.”

Altucher currently charges 0.1 BTC for a PDF copy of his Choose Yourself book. On June 3rd, you can purchase the book on Amazon using other currencies.

If you are interested in selling your own book with Bitcoin currency, you can contact Altucher for support.

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Create Photo Zines on Your Smartphone

The free KYUR8 iPhone app encourages users to tell stories with pictures and share them as digital zines and books online.

What do you think? AppNewser has more:

Using the app, you can import images from your iPhone, Tumblr, Instagram, or Facebook (Some users are even taking screenshots from Snapchat and turning those into KYUR8 zines). You can use these images to create magazine layouts — you can create a cover, play with layouts and add text to create your own digital magazine. Once you’ve created your digital zine, you can embed it on your website or Tumblr page, as well as share it via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and even as an SMS or email.

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