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Archives: April 2014

‘For Dummies’ Books Now Available Through Scribd

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Scribd has partnered with Wiley to bring the entire catalog of Wiley’s “For Dummies” books to its eBook subscription service.

Scribd subscribers can now access more than 1,000 “For Dummies” eBooks through the platform. Scribd currently has more than 80 million subscribers to its eBook subscription service. The platform lets customers read an unlimited amount of books for an $8.99 monthly subscription fee.

“Subscription e-books are a perfect fit for educational and instructional books. When learning a skill or teaching yourself something new, what could be more convenient than having all the information you need, right in your pocket?” explained Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd, in a statement.  “Scribd provides a great value by giving readers unlimited access to the most popular titles for one monthly price. The prospect of what this means for our readers is incredibly exciting.”

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Publishing Jobs: ABRAMS, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, The Taunton Press

This week, ABRAMS is hiring a production manager, while Jessica Kingsley Publishers is seeking a vice president of sales and marketing. The Taunton Press needs a digital media operations specialist, and Sixth and Spring Books is on the hunt for an associate art director/senior designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Why Bestselling Authors Don’t Drive Fancy Cars

brokenpianoMany aspiring writers assume that having a bestseller will make them rich, but the reality is that a successful writing career can produce a very modest income.

In a column penned for Slate, Patrick Wensink explained that despite spending a week on Amazon’s bestsellers list ahead of Hunger Games and Bossypants, his novel Broken Piano for President sold about 4,000 copies earning him about $12,000 in royalties.

While he points out how lucky he is, Wensink also highlights why writers also teach. Check it out:

You can do the math. I’m clearly not buying a mansion. Hell, my measly dreams of constructing a Roald Dahl-style writing cottage in the backyard are even shelved. Twelve-thousand bucks is amazing, but it’s not life-changing money. Unless, of course, I need one of those clearance sale $11,999 kidneys.

Patron Tried to Ban Dr. Seuss’ ‘Hop on Pop’ From Toronto Library

hoponpopA Canadian parent filed a complaint to the Toronto library last year, asking to ban Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book Hop on Pop because it “encourages children to use violence against their fathers.” The complaint was revealed this week when the Toronto Library released its Materials Review Committee report for 2013.

The person suggested that the library remove the book from the library’s collection and “issue an apology to fathers in the GTA and pay for damages resulting from the book.”

The committee rejected the complaint and retained the book in the children’s book finding that ”the book is a humorous and well-loved children’s book” and has maintained its popularity since it was published in 1963. The committee also pointed out that, “the children are actually told not to hop on pop.” (Via TIME).

Scholastic Has Two New Digital Reading Programs

Scholastic LogoScholastic has introduced two new digital reading programs: Storia School Edition and Core Clicks.

Storia School Edition is an online reading program designed to support classroom reading. The program includes library of both fiction and nonfiction titles for reading with grade-appropriate dictionaries to help young readers build their vocabulary. The platform includes comprehension quizzes so that readers can test their progress, as well as highlighting and note-taking tools. There also also audio features that help younger readers learn how to pronounce vocabulary words.

The Core Clicks program is made up of a “three read” approach. Readers are asked to read, analyze and discuss a text. This platform also includes interactive exercises and quizzes, as well as video content.

‘The Bible’ & ‘Gone With the Wind’ Lead Americans’ Top 10 Favorite Books: Harris Interactive

thebibleThe Bible is the most popular book of all time among Americans, according to a new survey by Harris Interactive. The company surveyed 2,234 U.S. adults online between March 12 and 17, 2014. The Bible also topped the list back in 2008, when the company last did the survey.

Margaret Mitchell‘s Gone with the WindJ.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series and J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings series also made the list.

We’ve got the entire list after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

Christine Heppermann: ‘Read with inflection and emotion but not affectation.’

Christine HeppermannHappy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we spoke with poets about working in this digital age. To end our month-long celebration, we interviewed writer Christine Heppermann.

Heppermann (pictured, via) worked as a columnist and reviewer for The Horn Book from 1996 until 2013. In addition to poetry, she also writes nonfiction and fiction for young readers. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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4th Annual NYC Poetry Festival on Kickstarter

The Poetry Society of New York hopes to raise $10,000 for the 4th Annual New York City Poetry Festival. The organizers will use the money to host a 2-day event on Governor’s Island.

Some of the poets who have signed on to appear at this event include Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, and Joyelle McSweeney. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This year we will welcome back more than 50 New York City poetry groups, including venerable institutions, upstarts, small presses, local reading series, literary journals, high school poetry teams, and more to The Festival’s three stages. If year’s past are any indication, over 250 poets will present and wow those gathered with their moment at the mic.”

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Poetry on the TED Stage

ted logoAs we end our National Poetry Month celebration, we’ve collected three TED videos on poetry.

The list features poets who have given poetic performances on the TED stage. This trio includes Project V.O.I.C.E. founder Sarah Kay, award-winning poet Malcolm London, and author Suheir Hammad.

For more recommendations, visit the TED blog and check out a post entitled “3 thoroughly slamming spoken word performances.” Which poets do you nominate to perform at future conferences?

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‘The Target’ Tops iBooks Bestsellers List

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 6.10.29 PMThe Target by David Baldacci has debuted on the top of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/28. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with three books on the list.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

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