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Archives: January 2014

Audiobooks Read By You: VIDEO


Thingstarter, a popular Kickstarter parody series from online comedy video network Above Average, has created a humorous video about audiobooks. The video is called ‘Audiobooks Read By You,’ and is a mock commercial for a service that lets you record audiobooks in your own voice. We’ve embedded the video above for your entertainment.

Boston Marathon Bombings Survivor Publishes Book

jeffbaumanBoston Marathon bombings survivor Jeff Bauman has written a book about his experience. The book is called Stronger and tells the story of how the runner woke up with no legs and the year he spent healing.

The book, from Grand Central Publishing, is available for preorder and ships in April. Here is more about the book from the Amazon listing:

Just thirty hours prior, Jeff was surrounded by revelry at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The first bomb went off at his feet as he awaited his girlfriend’s finish. When Jeff awoke days later from hours of surgery, rather than take stock of his now completely altered life, Jeff ripped out his breathing tube and tried to speak. He couldn’t. Jeff asked for a pad and paper and he wrote down seven words, ‘Saw the guy. Looked right at me,’ setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country’s history and beginning his own brave road to recovery.

‘The King’s Stilts’ Turns 75

stilts2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of The King’s Stilts by Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss).

Unlike many of the rhyme master’s most popular picture books, this story is written in prose.

For those who are looking to schedule in some play time, we’ve rounded up three ways to celebrate this momentous occasion.

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’40 Years of E-books’: INFOGRAPHIC

historyofebooksEbook Friendly has created an infographic called, “40 Years of E-books,” which explores the history of electronic books dating back to 1971 when Michael S. Hart launched Project Gutenberg.

Check it out: “Books have long been a favorite past-time and a way to escape to a far off fantasy land. The popularity of the E-book has made it even more convenient for people to indulge in the great past time of reading without having to lug a heavy book around. This infographic explores the history of E-books starting with the first E-book to go digital in 1971.

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

William Lynch, Former Barnes & Noble CEO, Lands New Technology Job

lynchWilliam J. Lynch, the former CEO of Barnes & Noble has been appointed CEO of Savant Systems, a company involved in Internet-enabled appliances for the home.

Lynch resigned from the book retailer in July after numerous quarters of shrinking revenues. Lynch had spearheaded Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, which faced stiff competition from Amazon.

Lynch will continue to be involved in technology in his new role at Savant Systems. The company focuses on “the Internet of things,” or using technology to remotely manage appliances, home theater, music, security, thermostat, lights, energy management, and automated shades. Lynch replaced Robert Madonna, the company’s founder and CEO since 2005. Madonna will now serve as Chairman of the Board.

 

Digital Writing Community Widbook Marks 200,000 Members

widbookDigital writing community Widbook, a collaborative online destination that lets users read, write and publish eBooks, now has more than 200,000 users. The company reached the milestone this month.

“We are really happy about what we have achieved. In our community, readers and writers find the chance to have their stories told and read by an audience from all continents,” explained Flavio Aguiar, CEO of Widbook, in a statement. “With this incentive, we strive to further develop the platform so as to always offer a top-notch user experience. Widbook will bring great new developments in 2014.”

The tool is great for collaborative writing as you can co-write books with other writers in different locations. The editor tool lets users invite others to participate in the content and add their own text and edits. In addition, users can add videos, links, photos and illustrations to help make the book more interactive. Writers can share their works with the community of readers to solicit feedback or build an audience.

Artist Creates Mock ‘Breaking Bad’ Picture Book for ‘Little Golden Tales’ Art Show

size500_chemistry lessonWould you read a children’s book adaptation of Breaking Bad?

Artist Maxime Mary created a Little Golden Books-style book jacket and one interior page showcasing characters from the popular crime TV series. The other artists behind the “Little Golden Tales” exhibit contributed pieces based on Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and more.

According to io9, “some of the works pay tribute to the actual characters and artwork found in the classic children’s books, while others re-imagine other (sometimes inappropriate) works of pop culture in Golden Book form.” This art show is currently on display at a California-based establishment called Gallery Nucleus. It will close on February 09, 2014.

Henning Mankell to Chronicle Cancer in Newspaper Column

mankellSwedish author Henning Mankell, the creative force behind the Wallander series of detective novels that have been adapted into TV shows in Swedish and English, has revealed that he has cancer.

The author broke the news in a column in Sweden’s Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. Mankell, a regular columnist for the paper, plans to document his experience through a weekly column in the newspaper. Here is an excerpt:

At a very early stage I decided to try to write about this.

I have decided to write just as it is.

But I will do it from the perspective of life, not death.

I will do it now and then in the Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

I begin now.

I have begun now.

(Via The Guardian).

 

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Trailer Released

20th Century Fox has released the first official trailer for The Fault in Our Stars film adaptation. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

A short clip from the movie was also showcased on The Today Show earlier this morning. Author John Green sent out a tweet not long after that airing to assure his fans that a full trailer will be available “online soonish.”

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Vidahlia Press is Hosting Prison Writing Contest

inkVidahlia Press and Publishing House is hosting their first prison writing contest called INK. The contest is open to anyone that has served time in the last year and is accepting submissions in five categories: Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction and Graphic Novel.

More than 2,000 federal and state correctional facilities throughout the country plan to participate in the contest. The deadline for submissions is February 1st and the winners will be announced on July 4th.

The winning submissions will be part of an anthology, which will be published on Pubsoft’s digital publishing platform. The winners will also get tuition covered for a year for an online or correspondence fine arts or creative writing program. Pubsoft is assisting Vidahlia and their INK: Prison Writing Contest

 

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