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User-generated online writing project Open Book Projects is looking for writers to participate in its crowd-sourced community writing project. The site is inviting writers to view the trailer (which we have embedded above) and write the next chapter in the story.
Writers are encouraged to take the story to the next level. The website explains more: “At the end of the most recent chapter, readers all over the world are asked to write the next episode themselves and send it to us. From all the stories received by the deadline, an in-house jury then chooses one as the official next episode. After that episode is published, readers are again called upon to continue the story.”
The first title from this community storytelling project will be published under the name, “Face.” Authors whose submissions are chosen will share in the revenue generated from eBook sales. The project comes from a collaboration between technology company Mzure and digital publisher Osutoria Publishing.
55 attorney generals from different states, districts and U.S. territories have reached an agreement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster in the ongoing litigation over eBook pricing.
According to the terms of the deal, consumers who bought an eBook from any of the “Agency Five” publishers during April 1, 2010 until May 21, 2012 will receive compensation.
Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster will pay consumers who purchased eBooks from any of the five agencies accused of price fixing, including Macmillan and Penguin, who have yet to settle. Payments will begin 30 days after the settlement gets its final court approval.
While the eBook market is flourishing, some brick-and-mortar booksellers are struggling. Two bookstores have announced that they will close.
The Bookery Nook in Colorado will close its doors on August 31st. When it first opened three years ago, the Denver store operated solely as a bookstore. The owners added the ice cream parlor in the hopes of drawing in more customers.
Del Mark Bookstore in Texas will shut down after 62 years of selling books. The owners, Jerry and Vera McCord, feel that the store cannot compete with two other local competitors and Internet sellers. After the inventory has been completely sold off, the McCords plan to sell the building as well. (via Publishers Lunch)
M Booth, a communications company, has created an infographic called, “Storytelling: One Frame at a Time,” which highlights a number of trends in social media adoption.
The graphic gives writers and publishers insights into how people are using social media, good knowledge to have when it comes to promoting books. AppNewser has more details: “According to the infographic, Facebook reached 100 million users in four years but that Instagram is on track to beat that. In addition, 42 percent of all Tumblr posts are photos.” We’ve embedded the complete graphic below–what do you think?
Here’s more about the infographic: “We compiled the latest behavioral data around visual content on social media, and partnered with Simply Measured to research engagement and sharing habits on Facebook’s top 10 brand pages. In the spirit of visual storytelling, we’ve summed up our findings in the form of an infographic. The verdict – Imagery rules across social media.”
Amazon said today that it has sold all of its Kindle Fire tablets. The device launched in November 2011, and the retailer claims it has 22 percent of the U.S. tablet market.
Amazon has scheduled a mystery press conference next week, most likely to reveal some new devices. According to AppNewser, some believe that Amazon will release several new Kindle Fire devices in different sizes. Business Insider speculated that Apple has been developing the iPad Mini specifically to compete with the Kindle Fire.
Founder/CEO Jeff Bezos had this statement in the release: “This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon—all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products. Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead—we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.”
Novelist Margaret Atwood and true-crime writer Joe McGinniss will serialize new work with the digital publisher Byliner.
Part of the new Byliner Serials program, the installments will be sold for $2.99 in variety of digital marketplaces. Follow this link to sample Atwood’s Positron and click here to sample McGinniss’ 15 Gothic Street. Here’s more about the serialized works:
Atwood’s darkly comic serial, Positron, was inspired by the resounding response to her short story, I’m Starved for You, which she originally published under the Byliner Fiction imprint in March. The second episode, Choke Collar, comes out today, continuing the story of husband and wife Stan and Charmaine and life in a near future in which a totalitarian state collides with messy human desire. McGinniss’s 15th Gothic Street serial tells the true story of life in and out of an American courthouse over the course of a tumultuous yet typical year. Imagine Law & Order set in Lake Wobegon, except that here it’s all quite real.
Follow this link to read the whole issue online. Below, we’ve included links to the fiction in the issue. Here’s more from Dark Sky Magazine editor Gabe Durham:
For the last year, Christy Crutchfield, Sarah Boyer, Brian Mihok, Ted Powers, and I have been working the journal together. About a month ago, we completed our most recent issue, DSM #17 and I sent it off to the Founder/Publisher. A week later, he gave me the bad news: Dark Sky was shutting down. In fact, he’d already shut it down. The press too. Bummer. So would we put up DSM #17 on a new site? Call it something different? All we knew was that this issue had to come out. It was too good. We were too excited about it. Then the editors of Barrelhouse stepped in and generously offered to host the issue on their site. The editors and contributors were unanimously in favor of this idea.
When the iPad debuted in 2010, Star Trek The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton wasn’t as surprised by the device as others. After all, characters on his show and the original series were beaming each other up, video chatting and using touch devices way before Apple.
“As a fan of science fiction, I’m not surprised because I recognize that science fiction literature tends to ask us what I believe to be are two of the most powerful words in language in combination: what if,” Burton said in our final Media Beat interview.
“I believe there was some kid who watched those original episodes of Star Trek… That kid grew up, became an engineer, a designer of product, and is responsible for a piece of technology in the flip cell phone that’s more prevalent now than toasters,” he continued. “You look at Bluetooth ear devices, Star Trek. You look at Flip cell phones, Star Trek. Devices, seeing devices for the blind inspired by Geordi‘s visor? Science fiction literature and pop culture really is a main conduit for how we invent our future reality.”