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Archives: October 2011

Occupy Wall Street Library Catalog Online

As the Occupy Wall Street protest continues, the activists camped out in New York City have built an impressive library. Thanks to Library Thing, you can now explore the library online and watch it grow.

The online catalog grew from 390 books on October 10 to nearly 4,000 library books today. Follow this link to find out how you can donate. We’ve listed ten books from the library below, illustrating the scope of the collection. The Occupy Wall Street librarians also hope to schedule more author visits.

Here’s more from the library blog: “Rather than having scheduled mega-events with activist authors coming to pep talk the whole occupation, I would prefer smaller, impromptu groups and a books-oriented approach to fit with our little niche mission. My idea is to ask authors to come talk about the ‘books that have inspired you’ and then whatever else they want. We can post announcements in advance on a dry erase board and/or make an announcement when someone arrives. Then, whoever happens to be around can come check it out. If it’s only a few people, I see no problem with that. Whatever stimulates conversations, and huge groups don’t allow it so much. I feel this is a good role for our library.”

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Nnedi Okorafor Wins World Fantasy Award

Novelist Nnedi Okorafor has won the World Fantasy Award for her novel, Who Fears Death.

Author Jeff VanderMeer described the book: “[The novel] is a powerful combination of science fiction, fantasy, African folklore, and stark realism. It tells the story of Onyesonwu, a woman of extraordinary powers in a post-apocalyptic West Africa, a world of perils and mysteries, of lost technologies and brutal wars. Onyesonwu’s name means “Who fears death?”, and her birth is the result of rape used as a weapon in battle; this legacy affects the woman she becomes, and the novel portrays her education as a sorceress and her quest to bring order and peace to her life and world.”

The announcement was made at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego. We’ve included the other award winners below…

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Anne Rice Compares Her Characters to Twilight Vampires

Just in time for Halloween, novelist Anne Rice wrote a Facebook post critiquing Twilight–comparing Stephenie Meyer‘s vampire characters to Rice’s famous Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac.

Rice wrote: “Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town —- anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.”

What do you think–how do the two vampire books stack up? The post has already generated more than 8,000 likes and 1,800 comments on Facebook. (Via)

Literary Halloween Costumes & HTML5 Book Apps: Top Publishing Headlines of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from improving your Facebook page to the Whiting Award winners to a video look at Scholastic headquarters (embedded above).

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1. Literary Halloween Costume Ideas
2. 5 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Page
3. Barnes & Noble CFO Resigns
4. Naomi Wolf Arrested in Occupy Wall Street Protest
5. Google+ Profile Mistakes Writers Should Avoid
6. 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award Winners Revealed
7. Books-A-Million to Open 41 New Stores in November
8. Steve Jobs Watches Over Bookstores
9. Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic’s Global HQ
10. 5 Reasons to Build an HTML5 Book App

Hachette Book Group Seeks Techie for Mobile Analyst Gig

Hold the phone! Hachette Book Group is looking for a mobile analyst to join its digital technology group in New York. The company is looking for a “hands-on, creatively minded technologist” to oversee a team of remote developers, and ensure that mobile apps are built correctly, efficiently and effectively.

In this role, you’ll be creating, reviewing and revising designs for new and existing mobile systems, while evaluating them from a technical perspective. You’ll create prototypes, templates and more, and define solutions and mobile development best practices. Read more

Adult Hardcover & Paperback Sales Down 18% This Year

According to Association of American Publishers (AAP) net sales revenue report, adult hardcover sales decreased 11 percent in August and adult paperback sales dipped nearly six percent. As you can see by the year-to-date chart embedded above, both categories have seen 18 percent declines this year.

Nevertheless, the AAP stayed positive about eBook sales: “Strong, continuing revenue gains from digital formats in the Trade market – both e-books and downloaded audiobooks – helped offset declines in revenue from physical formats, resulting in only nominal, near-identical decreases vs the previous year’s and YTD’s figures … The survey also noted 96% of e-reader users say they purchased one or more e-books in the past year and 36% of e-reader users are reading more than a year ago.”

Do you think eBook sales can ever replace these growing declines in print sales?

Hyperink Commissions Books Based On Search Engine Results

The how-to book market is getting turned on its head thanks to a new digital publishing house called Hyperink that is using search engine results to create resource books. Forbes has more: “Hyperink generally does not select from books that are submitted by authors. Instead, the company finds topics that are in demand through analysis of things like Google search trends. Then it seeks out authors for those topics.”

To get these books written, the publisher pairs experts with freelance writers. The freelancers write the books through a series of email and Skype interviews with the expert. Hyperink founder Kevin Gao told Forbes that he can “churn out a book in a month at one-tenth the cost of physical books.”

The publisher already has a number of eBooks for sale. eBookNewser has more: “Hyperink already has niche titles such as The Best Book on Ivy League Admissions, The Best Book on Getting Corporate Law Jobs and The Best Book on Law School Admissions. Royalties are paid out to the experts based on their involvement with the titles. (For experts that want to write the book themselves they can get up to 50% of royalties).

Occupy Oakland Gets Support from Authors

More than 50 writers have signed a petition condemning “the violent crackdown on peaceful, nonviolent Occupy Oakland protesters” earlier this week. The document includes signatures from authors Michael Pollan, Rebecca Solnit and Dave Eggers.

Here is an excerpt: “As writers, authors, editors, filmmakers and artists from across the country, we believe free speech and assembly are paramount to democracy. We urge you to cease the police crackdowns immediately, and stop trampling on protesters’ First Amendment rights. As Mayor, you are ultimately responsible for the actions of your police department, and by all accounts they have behaved shamefully—attacking, beating, and tear-gassing people who were assembled peaceably in nonviolent protest. Mayor Quan, let free speech and assembly have its day, and its night, and stop your police from these terrible and entirely unnecessary attacks. The country is watching. Let the protesters speak and assemble, and end the attacks—now.”

During Occupy Oakland protests this week, hundreds of police officers have clashed with activists. 24-year-old Scott Olsen was hit in the head by a police projectile. He has been hospitalized ever since and will have surgery to reduce swelling in his brain. Doctors upgraded his condition to “fair” yesterday.

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Chris Van Allsburg on Picture Book Writing

More than 25 years ago, children’s author Chris Van Allsburg published The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a collection of 14 mysterious illustrations.

For The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, Van Allsburg teamed up with thirteen fellow writers to create short stories inspired by these drawings. The group of authors include Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and an introduction by Lemony Snicket.

This powerhouse group of writers has collectively won one Pulitzer Prize, three National Book Awards, five Newbery Medals and several Caldecotts.

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How to Carve a Library Lion in Your Halloween Pumpkin

To celebrate Halloween, the New York Public Library produced a short video (embedded above) showing you how to carve the library’s famous lion logo into your Halloween pumpkin.

Follow this link to download the stencil and carve the literary lion at your house.

If you want other pumpkin carving ideas, Better Homes and Gardens will let you create a customized pumpkin stencil: “Looking for a cool pumpkin stencil to use at your house this Halloween? Need some creative pumpkin ideas? Take our easy quiz and find them now.”

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