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Archives: April 2014

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, in which comic book shops across North America are giving away free comic books.

To find a participating store in your area, follow this link. Here is some advice from the event’s planners on how to make the most of the generous day:

Either call your local comic shop, check out their Facebok page and/or website to see what their Free Comic Book Day policy plans are in addition to what extra events are going to be taking place during their FCBD. Some comics shops give out 1-2 comics, while others give out more. It is good to know how many comics you can expect to get for free so you can plan out if you want to visit other comics shops to see if you can get more free comics and different books.

The above video explains more about the event.

David Wolman Turns Journalistic Archive Into eBook

firsthandJournalist/author David Wolman has created an eBook based on his personal archive of journalism work called Firsthand: A Decade of Reportage. He will continue to add to the eBook as he expands his catalog of work.

One of the reasons that Wolman created the book is to answer the question, “What do you write about?” He explains why this is a tough question in the eBook’s introduction. Check it out:

…assembling this collection of favorites from the past decade has forced me to think about the subjects that draw me in. Egyptian revolutionaries. Nuclear waste sites. Spelling reformers. Misunderstood criminals. Genteel doomsayers. Brazen engineers. Autistic activists. Pro-GMO environmentalists. The Illinois man whose left hand was sewn onto his right wrist.

To purchase the eBook, readers must pay $9.99 and share their email address. The Atavist, the publishing platform that Wolman is using, will use this information to build up a contact list for future marketing purposes.

George Saunders, Danielle Paige, & Christopher Moore Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

saundersWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 27, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Fiction) The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore: “Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain: the rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio’s beautiful daughter, Portia.” (April 2014)

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The Indie Author Manifesto: INFOGRAPHIC

indieauthorSmashwords founder Mark Coker has created an infographic called, “The Indie Author Manifesto,” based on his blog post defending self- publishing.

In the post, Coker discusses how the perception of self-publishing has evolved over the last six years and identifies the 10 dominant beliefs and values that characterize the indie author movement. He has turned that list into an infographic. The infographic will soon be translated to French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

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

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Extended Movie Trailer

John Green’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” movie adaptation hits the big screen on June 6th. To help promote the film, 20th Century Fox has released an extended version of the movie trailer. We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

Here is more about the film from the YouTube page: “Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

Tom Hiddleston Reads ‘Sonnet 18′ by William Shakespeare

As we prepare to bid farewell to National Poetry Month, we’ve uncovered a video featuring The Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18.”

Hiddleston delivered this performance for “The Love Book” app. It features a collection of poems, short stories, quotes and letters. What’s your favorite love poem?

Apple May Get to Delay eBook Damages Trial

doj304Apple has gotten a U.S. appeals court to consider delaying its eBook price fixing July trial.

Reuters has the story: “The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said in a brief order on Friday that a three-judge panel will hear Apple’s argument on why the trial should be put on hold while it appeals a judge’s ruling that it conspired with five publishers to raise e-book prices. The judge, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in New York, had denied Apple’s request to postpone the trial on Wednesday. Cote ruled last year after a non-jury trial that Apple had conspired with the publishers in an effort to impede competitors such as Amazon.com Inc.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. Since then the judge ordered a trial to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Some estimate that Apple could pay as much as $840 million in damages. Apple appealed the eBook judgement in February, but a federal appellate court rejected Apple’s request.

You Are What You Read: INFOGRAPHIC

youarewhatyoureadMike Hanski at Bid4Papers.com has created an infographic called, “You Are What You Read,” which explores the reading lists of a number of influential people and how it influences what they have written.

The graphic illustrates connections between reading and writing. Check it out: “Enjoy what you read. It is difficult and mostly impossible to write something really good if you did not experience anything good that had been written already. Being a writer yourself, you have an ace in your sleeve: you can read a book with an eye for writing, though you do not even realize it.”

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

Parent Calls Cops on Sherman Alexie Novel Distrbution During World Book Night

truediaryStudents in Idaho celebrated World Book Night last week by handing out free copies of Sherman Alexie‘s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

The National Book Award winning title was recently banned by the Idaho school district. Members of the district that disapproved of the book called the police on the teens distributing the free copies last week.

Shelf Awareness has more: “KBOI-2 reported that ‘the police asked Kissel about passing out the book. They said they found nothing wrong with what was going on in the park.’ Case closed. Kissel said they had 350 books to give away at the park, along with 350 donated by publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Another book giveaway is planned for next week.”

Warner Bros. to Adapt ‘Justice League’ For the Big Screen

justiceleagueWarner Bros. has plans to make a film adaptation of DC Comics’ Justice League comic book series.

The Wall Street Journal has the story: “Like ‘Man of Steel’ and its follow-up, which starts production next month, ‘Justice League’ will be directed by Zack Snyder. Henry Cavill is expected to return as Superman, along with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, who play Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively, in 2016’s ‘Man of Steel’ sequel tentatively titled ‘Batman vs. Superman.’”

According to the movie’s IMDB page, David S. Goyer is working on the screenplay. The script is still in development, so don’t expect this movie any time soon. IMDB suggests that the film will be released in 2017.

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