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Archives: December 2013

Books Vs. Films: INFOGRAPHIC

infographicLovereading.co.uk has created an infographic called, “The Ultimate Showdown: Books Vs. Films,” which explores the question, ‘which is better the book or the movie?’ among a number of popular stories.

The graphic explores an aggregate of reviews of both books and movies over the past two decades and compares the critical reception of both books and their movie adaptations to decide which is better.

We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump. Read more

Walter Isaacson Solicits Feedback For New Book Online

isaacsonWalter Isaacson, the biographer known for his works on Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, has released two chapters of his upcoming book online with the idea of soliciting feedback from the community. He shared the chapters on Medium.com, a tool for building collaborative stories online.

The book is called The Birth of Online, which explores the history of the Internet. “Online collaboration is why the Internet was originally built, and I’m interested in any comments or corrections readers might want to make before I publish in a year,” he explained on the post about why he decided to share his work in advance.

Isaacson told TechCrunch that he has made factual changes to the book based on the feedback he has been getting from online readers. Read more

Sherlock Holmes is Now in the Public Domain

HolmesDrawingAdventuresSherlock Holmes stories are now a part of the public domain, according to a new ruling from a federal judge.

The decision comes out of a lawsuit brought about by author Leslie S. Klinger against the Conan Doyle estate. Klinger was working on an anthology called In the Company of Sherlock Holmes and the estate contacted the publisher  Pegasus Books explaining that they must get a license in order to publish a book. The estate said they would block the book from major book retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The publisher didn’t want to get sued  or get blocked from the big book store chains and dropped the book.

The author asserted that he didn’t need a license, claiming that the characters, character traits and other story elements from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are free for the public to copy under the Copyright Act.

The judge ruled that while certain character elements that were written post 1923 are protected under copyright law, “Klinger and the public may use the pre-1923 story elements without seeking a license.” (Via The New York Times).

 

Hammer of Witches & Out of the Dungeon: Coming Attractions

bootHere are some handpicked titles from our Coming Attractions page. Want to include your book? Just read our Share Your New Book with GalleyCat Readers post for all the details.

Out of the Dungeon by Lisa Bell: “Drake wants nothing more than to destroy Charissa’s faith, and he won’t stop at anything, including deception, enticement and using others to break her. After waking, chained in a dungeon, she learns her true shackles aren’t physical. The only way to escape comes from breaking emotional and spiritual bondage. Once free, Charissa must make a decision that will affect her life – and her soul.” (February 2013)

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Housing Works Bookstore & Vonnegut NYC Team Up for The Kurt Vonnegut Book Group

kurtHousing Works Bookstore and Vonnegut NYC (the New York chapter of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library) will partner together to launch the Kurt Vonnegut Book Group.

Members will meet on a monthly basis to talk about Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction and nonfiction works. During each event, a host will present questions and lead the discussion.

The inaugural event will take place on January 18, 2014 at Housing Works Bookstore Café. For this event, the group will discuss the novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Will you be attending?

Will You Make a New Year’s Resolution to Support Independent Bookstores?

bustleHave you been trying to nail down your new year’s resolutions for 2014? Bustle writer Emma Cueto has a suggestion: “Buy your books from independent bookstores whenever possible.”

Cueto calls indies “community landmarks” and points out that “they do things like host author events, sometimes with local writers, sometimes with national names. They’re more likely to contribute to local non-profits or other forces for good in your area. They also sometimes have pets.”

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Henry Miller’s 11 Rules For Writing

henrymillerLike many great writers, Henry Miller has his own personal rules to help him adhere to his writing schedule.

Brainpickings.org shared Miller’s list, which includes smart advice like staying focused on the current book and not starting a new book while in the middle of another. In addition, he told himself, ”When you can’t create, you can work.”

We’ve embedded his entire list of rules after the jump. Read more

50% of Americans Cite the Internet as Main Source of News: Pew

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Half of the American public now cites the Internet as its main channel for accessing national and international news, according to Pew Research. While the Internet as a news source grew since 2011, so too did television, and radio. Only newspapers suffered a drop.

This fact comes from an interesting list of end of the year data points about American culture  that Pew Research has put together. Among the news items, in 2013, for the first time ever, the majority of American adults owns a smartphone.

We are also living in an era in which the public widely distrusts the federal government. Here is more from the report: “For the first time, a majority of the public (53%) says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.”

 

Michelangelo’s Hand Drawn Grocery List

michelangeloNot only did Michelangelo paint frescoes on the ceilings of the Sistene Chapel, he even created beautiful drawings when he did the simplest things including writing a grocery list.

Bibliokelpt has posted an image of one of the artist’s grocery lists which included detailed text, as well as drawings to help illustrate to his assistants what to pick up when they went to the market.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.  Read more

Jonathan Franzen’s Favorite Graph of the Year Addresses Bird Mortality

nssfThe Washington Post asked Jonathan Franzen his favorite chart of the year. He chose a pie chart about the causes of bird mortality created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The organization put together the graphic to illustrate that lead ingestion plays a very minor role in the death for birds, despite criticism. Here is more about the graphic from The Post:

What’s striking about the pie chart is how big a slice of it consists of predation by free-roaming cats. A large new peer-reviewed study published in 2013 estimates the number of North American birds killed by cats at well over one billion per year.  Bells on collars don’t help. Neutering feral cats doesn’t work. Keeping cats indoors helps.

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