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Year in Review

The Fault in Our Stars Claims No. 1 Spot on the Google Play ‘Books of the Year’ List

Google Play LogoWhat were the most popular books at the Google Play store? According to a post on the Official Android Blog, these bibliophiles “loved reading stories — real and imagined — of love, adventure, and, OK, sometimes lust.” John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was named number one on the “Books of the Year” list.

Veronica Roth captured two spots; Divergent landed at number three and Insurgent landed at number five. E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey came in second and Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave came in fourth. Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books for your reading pleasure.
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Free Samples of Favorite Reads From 15 New York Times Columnists

nytlogoFifteen writers have been working as contributors for the “Bookends” column at The New York Times. All of them have revealed the titles that gave them “their favorite reading experience of 2014.” Below, we’ve collected free samples of most of the books on the list for your reading pleasure.
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Facebook Timeline Tips & Free eBooks: Top Stories of December

Our Facebook tips for writers and the cancellation of Bored to Death led our literary headlines in December.

We are collecting the major stories of each 2011 in our annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. Make a Book Christmas Tree
2. 7 Free eBooks Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read
3. How to Make a Secret Door in Your Bookcase
4. ‘Bored to Death’ Cancelled by HBO
5. Facebook Timeline Tips for Writers

30 NaNoWriMo Writing Tips & OWS Library Eviction: Top Stories of November

In October, the sad news broke that Anne McCaffrey had died and that the Occupy Wall Street library was evicted.

We are collecting the major stories of each 2011 in our annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1 Anne McCaffrey Has Died
2. Occupy Wall Street Library Evicted
3. Book Cover of the Future?
4. 30 Tips for National Novel Writing Month
5. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Restructure

Write Like Haruki Murakami & National Book Award Samples: Top Stories of October

A controversial video of a baby trying to read a magazine like an iPad (embedded above) topped our headlines in October–raising some important questions about the future of reading.

We are collecting the major stories of each 2011 in our annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. How a Modern Baby Thinks about Reading
2. Literary Halloween Costume Ideas
3. How to Write Like Haruki Murakami
4. National Book Award Finalists: Free Samples
5. When to Stop Working on Your Book

The Muppets Take Stieg Larsson & Borders Frustration: Top Stories of September 2011

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

In September, frustrated Borders employees and a steampunk documentary dominated our headlines.

1. Borders Employees Vent Frustration
2. The Muppets Take Stieg Larsson
3. What Is Steampunk?
4. 20 Companies Use Computer-Generated Stories to Save Money on Writers
5. Adult Paperback Revenues Down Nearly 64% in June

L.A. Banks Has Died: Major Stories of August 2011

In August 2011, novelist L.A. Banks (pictured) died after a battle with late stage adrenal cancer.

We are collecting the major stories of each 2011 in our annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. L.A. Banks Has Died
2. Haruki Murakami Yanked from School District Reading List
3. How Much Do Book Editors Earn?
4. NaNoWriMo Author Lands 6-Figure Deal After 30 Rejections
5. Authors Who Visit Book Clubs

Spotify Playlists & Google+ Advice: Top Stories of July 2011

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

In July 2011, we featured the worst sentence of 2011 and introduced writers to Google+. Read the top headlines below…

1. Sue Fondrie Has Written the Worst Sentence of 2011
2. What You Should Know About Google+
3. Norway Killer Targeted Writers & Lit Professors in Manifesto
4. Spotify Playlists for Writers: Haruki Murakami
5. The Oxford Comma Is Not Dead

 

Oxford Comma Debates & Freelance Editorial Rates: Top Stories of June 2011

In June 2011, we posted new guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association about how much an editor should charge. Explore the chart embedded above–one of the five top stories of the month.

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. Oxford Comma Dropped by a University of Oxford Style Guide
2. Samuel L. Jackson Narrates Go the F*** to Sleep
3. Best Book Publicists on Twitter
4. Twitter Profile Mistakes Writers Should Avoid
5. How Much Should an Editor Charge?

Oprah Winfrey Book Club Ends & LinkedIn Groups: Top Stories of May 2011

In May 2011, the end of Oprah Winfrey‘s TV book club and nontraditional book promotion topped our publishing headlines.

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. 10 Nontraditional Ways To Promote Your Book
2. Facebook Restricts Authors’ Ability To Host Contests
3. Free Formatting Guides on How To Publish Your eBook
4. Oprah Winfrey Closes Her TV Book Club
5. LinkedIn Groups for Publishing Professionals

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