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Archives: September 2013

Two Self-Published Books Among Top Paid Books at Apple

Only two self-published books landed among all the top paid books in the in Apple’s iBookstore this week.

The list included: Unbroken by Melody Grace at No. 7 and  Seduced by Melody Anne at No. 17.

We’ve included the complete list below. You can discover more independent authors in our weekly Self Published Bestsellers list.

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Win a Literary Vacation from Kirkus Reviews

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To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Kirkus Reviews, you could win a two-person literary vacation in New York City.

You can enter the contest by sharing your name and email address at this link. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 22, 2013 and the winner will be picked on October 23.

In celebration of its 80th birthday, Kirkus Reviews is hosting a contest to give away a literary tour of New York City. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Manhattan, 2 nights at Library Hotel, Breakfast at the Algonquin Round Table, Gift certificates to Strand BooksMcNally Jackson Books and Three Lives & Company bookstores, Passes to the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl and dinner at PUBLIC.

Publishing Jobs: Quayside Publishing Group, London Review of Books, Albert Whitman & Company

This week, Quayside Publishing Group is hiring a vice president/sales director, while the London Review of Books needs an advertising manager. Albert Whitman & Company is seeking a director of marketing, and Penguin is on the hunt for a senior publicist for Berkley and NAL. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Catching Fire Soundtrack Includes Patti Smith & Christina Aguilera

The full track listing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack has been released.

The CD features songs by Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Patti Smith, according to Yahoo! Music.

The video embedded above contains a 90-second snippet from Christina Aguilera’s song, “We Remain.” The announcement on the Grammy Award-winning diva’s facebook page has already drawn almost 24,000 “likes.”

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Martin Literary & Media Management Launches Children’s Division

clelia-bio-picMartin Literary & Media Management has opened a new children’s division, helmed by Clelia Gore.

Before working in publishing, Gore practiced law as a corporate litigator in New York City. Since then, she interned at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Oxford University Press. She also writes a blog about the books she loved as a kid during the 1990s, Tween at 28. Here’s more about the kind of books she seeks:

Clelia is very interested in the emerging New Adult genre. Having faced an early life career crisis, she really relates to characters who are confronted with the challenges of entering adulthood. She is also interested in young adult and middle grade books. She is seeking to represent writers whose protagonists have strong voices and whose plots are original. Clelia never wants to let go of her favorite characters, so she particularly loves trilogies and series that can be adapted to the screen. Clelia has a special spot in her heart for picture books. She especially loves ones that are funny or quirky, ones that feature minority and multi-cultural characters, and ones parents won’t mind reading over and over again to their children.

(Via Aubrey Joy Photography)

Google Search Can Now Answer Cultural Questions

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The search engine can now answer questions like “Tell me about magical realism” or “Tell me about abstract art.”

AppNewser has more details about the search engine update:

Google has turned 15 today and to celebrate the company has reformulated its search engine. The updated version is called Hummingbird and it is designed to deliver better search results for questions … Google has also marked the occasion by creating a Google Doodle of the Google logo which turns into a video game piñata. You can hit it to knock candy out and earn points. Follow this link to work on your high score.

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Jim Crace Gets Best Odds To Win the Booker Prize

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U.K. gamblers at Ladbrokes have set betting odds for the prestigious Booker Prize.

Currently, novelist Jim Crace leads with a 6/4 chance of winning with HarvestColm Toíbín‘s The Testament of Mary has a 7/2 chance of winning and Eleanor Catton‘s The Luminaries has a 4/1 shot.

The winner will be announced on October 15th. We also collected free samples of all the longlisted books and wrote about one longlisted book that was rejected 47 times.

Breaking Into the Comic Book Industry

Comic book artist and writer Dave Elliott shared some advice for aspiring comic book creators in a long interview at deviantART.

Elliott created Weirding Willows, a fantasy comic book that blended scores of heroes and creatures from classic books. Here’s an excerpt from his interview:

Marvel and DC look towards IDW, Boomstudios, Dark Horse and Image Comics for their talent. They do that because there is no hiding when a creator can’t keep their deadlines or has an emotional meltdown … If you want to draw something in particular, you’re going to have to do some samples of that character. You can always get more eyeballs on your pages by doing mash-ups where characters meet who couldn’t in their own books.  Have Batman meet the new Sherlock. Draw how you would imagine the Justice League would look in J. R. Tolkien’s world. Have Blade and Buffy team up against the Twilight characters.

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Jeff Bezos Book Club

jeffbezos304Wish you could be in a book club with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos? CNBC Tech Correspondent Jon Fortt wrote a popular LinkedIn post about his interview with Bezos this week.

The leader shared the three books he had Amazon’s top executives read, a peek into Bezos’ bookshelf:  The Effective Executive by Peter DruckerThe Innovator’s Solution by Clayton Christensen and The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt. Check it out:

This summer he spent time at Lab126, a Silicon Valley outpost about a mile from Apple headquarters where Amazon engineers hash out hardware designs. And he also hosted three all-day book clubs with Amazon’s top executives, capped by nice dinners at the end. Bezos said he used the books as frameworks for sketching out the future of the company.

 

 

How Technology Empowers Blind Readers

Legal scholar and activist Ron McCallum gave a TED Talk called “How Technology Allowed Me to Read.” Born blind, McCallum is “a voracious reader.”

We’ve embedded the video above–how has technology empowered you as a reader?  McCallum explored how reading technologies helped him become a successful lawyer, an academic researcher and a lifelong reader. Here’s more from the TED blog:

In this talk, McCallum takes us on a tour of the people and technology that allowed him to read — from those who transcribed into braille to the maker of the first blind computer with speech synthesizer, to the inventor behind the Kurzweil reader that scan books and reads them aloud. It’s a fascinating look at something sighted people tend to take for granted.

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