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Archives: August 2013

Charles Bukowski Manuscripts Online

If you love the work of the poet and author Charles Bukowski, you can explore a vast archive of poem and letter manuscripts by the prolific author at Bukowski.net.

What’s your favorite book or poem by Bukowski? On Reddit, a number of readers shared their favorite memories of reading the late author. One reader shared this story:

Many years ago, I was a young college student deeply in love for the first time. My beloved and I were living together in the state of bliss that’s unique to besotted young lovers. She was taking a poetry class and was opening her mind to the subject. One Saturday morning, she walked to a local bookstore and spoke with the proprietor. She described our situation and asked for a recommendation on a book of poems we could share together. The bookseller recommended Love is a Dog From Hell by Charles Bukowski, an author with whom my beloved was completely unfamiliar. I will always be grateful to that bookseller. Sadly, my then-partner and I parted ways not to long after, but I still have a shelf full of Bukowski.

Amazon Lets App Makers Sell In-App Goods

Today Amazon added a new tool to help creators sell physical and digital goods without having to leave the app. Everybody from board game makers to toy makers have already used the new tool.

AppNewser has all the details:

It’s called Mobile Associates API and can be used in the Amazon Appstore and in Google Play. Developers that use the API can earn up to 6% on qualifying in-app customer purchases. Customers can use their Amazon account to check out. Mobile developer Animoca is using the app to sell Thor’s hammer and action figures for its popular game Thor: Lord of Storms. Days of Wonder, a digital and physical board game maker, is using the feature to sell including the physical board game edition through the digital version of Ticket to Ride. Frismos, the developer of Creatures of Olympus, is using their game app to sell mythology products in Amazon’s Toys category.

Who & Whom Advice from The Oatmeal

If you (like this GalleyCat editor) occasionally confuse the use of “who” and “whom” in your writing, The Oatmeal has created a webcomic and poster to remind you.

The comic uses funny graphics and sentences about spiders, dirty koalas and kids with flamethrowers to teach an important grammar lesson. Click above read the whole comic and follow this link to see the $20 poster version of the comic.

Young Adult Bundle from StoryBundle

StoryBundle has launched The Young Adult Bundle, a collection of nine YA books ranging from science fiction, fantasy, gaming and steampunk.

We’ve collected the complete list of books below, a pay-what-you-will bundle of digital books. The deal only lasts for three weeks. Check it out:

Our Young Adult bundle features titles that were finalists for Best Indie Book, Young Adult Fiction in the Kindle Book Review, finalists for various young adult awards including the 2013 PRISM Contest and 2013 Write Touch Reader’s awards and a winner of the Webb Weaver 2010 Writer’s Competition … As a special bonus for the three weeks this bundle is live, we’re giving away Open Minds, the first book in the Mindjack saga, for free. All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send the book to you, no strings attached.

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Man of Steel Sequel Gets Fan-Edited Trailer

Mixing footage from Breaking Bad, Daredevil, Man of Steel and lots of other movies, an editor on YouTube created a trailer for Man of Steel 2.

The highly anticipated sequel to the recent Superman adaptation will star Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. Rolling Stone published a report yesterday that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston inked a movie deal that ”includes at least six appearances” as Lex Luthor in DC Comics movies.

What do you think about the fan made trailer–are you more excited about the rumored casting film?

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Aziz Ansari Inks Deal with Penguin Press

Parks & Recreation star and comedian Aziz Ansari has landed a deal with Penguin Press to write his first book about modern day romance.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ansari (pictured, via) has earned a $3.5 million advance. The publisher has set a tentative release date for September 2015.

The New York Times reports that Ansari’s book will focus on the current “era for singles, in which the basic issues facing a single person- whom we meet, how we meet them, and what happens next – have been radically altered by new technologies.” He plans to work with “noted academics” on this project. What do you think?


 

Children’s & YA Sales Down Nearly 27%

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the first third of 2013, publishers saw total trade sales take a six percent drop.

These declines were driven by an almost 27 percent decline in young adult and children’s sales across all formats–blockbuster sales of The Hunger Games bolstered this category during the same period last year. The AAP chart embedded above shows how the different young adult and children’s categories were affected from January to April 2013.

The children’s YA category saw a 37 percent drop in hardcover and a nearly 44 percent drop in eBooks.

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How To Build a Short Story Anthology

Do you dream of resurrecting your favorite short stories in an anthology?

Today on the Morning Media Menu, author and Publishers Marketplace news editor Sarah Weinman explained how she created her new collection, Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense.

During the interview, Weinman explained how she assembled the collection from scratch, reviving stories that have been lost for years.

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Speed Reading App Coming to iPhone

Wish you had more time to catch up on your reading?

The upcoming Syllable app will help readers learn how to read faster and tackle reading lists on digital devices. AppNewser has more details about the app and how to sign up once the app is available to all readers. Check it out:

The app teaches you how to speed read by avoiding subvocalization, which is when you read words to yourself vocally, a process that can slow down reading … The app pulls content from your Instapaper or Pocket account, so you can learn to read quickly while reading articles that you already wanted to read in the first place. The app isn’t widely available yet, but if you follow this link you can get an email for when it goes live.

Blind Wonder Cat Homer Has Died

A real life galley cat has passed away. Homer, the cat who starred in Gwen Cooper‘s Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat memoir, has died.

Cooper donates 10 percent of the royalties from Homer’s Odyssey to “organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals.” In honor of the late cat, she has also created “Homer’s Heroes Fund”–a yearly donation to “a shelter or rescue group that does outstanding work with ‘special needs’ animals.” She wrote an online tribute to her beloved cat:

He was just one cat. One tiny, big-hearted, irrepressible, brave and loyal little cat. Who could possibly have foreseen that he would come to mean so much to so many? Those of us who work in animal rescue believe that every animal matters. We believe that every life—no matter how small, or how steep the odds are against it—can make a difference. Every animal who’s given the chance to love and be loved can make someone else’s life better, can fill up empty places in our hearts we didn’t even know were there until they were full. And, once in a great while, one tiny creature can have a spirit so big that it spills over and makes the whole world just a little bit better, and happier, and more inspired, than it was before. Even in the darkest places are small lights that can grow and grow until they warm us all.

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