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Take a ‘Shelfie’ to Get a Free eBook Version of Any Print Book You Own

1_shelfie.minWant an eBook version of a book that you own in print? Check out bitlit, a new app that will help connect you with an eBook if you can prove that you own the print edition.

With the app, you take a “shelfie” of your book shelf. The app will use that photo to see if any of the books on your shelf are eligible for a free download. Here is more from bitlit about how to claim the title:

Now that you know which books are available, take a photo of the cover of your book and sign your name on the copyright page in ALL CAPS.

The Fault in Our Stars Named Most Popular Book Within The Twittersphere

tfioscoverBookVibe has examined 80 million Twitter posts from the past 12 months. Quartz reports that the data shows that the most popular book on the Twittersphere is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Green’s hit young adult novel was mentioned in 1.2 million tweets. The books that made it onto the top 10 list are a mix of recently published hit titles and classic icons of literature; several of them have inspired highly successful film adaptations.

According to the article, “recent research suggests that film adaptations of books have the ability to influence people to read, so while critics may bemoan the latest adaptation of a book for the silver screen, the halo effect does increase the book’s readership which, at the end of it all, is exactly what the author wants.” Below, we’ve featured the full top 10 list—what do you think?

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Brian Floca Shares Writing Advice

BrianFlocaBioPicEarlier this month, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books creator Brian Floca spoke at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his presentation, he talked about the creative processes behind Locomotive, Ballet For Martha, and The Racecar Alphabet.

Floca (pictured, via) also shared several pieces of writing advice. We’ve collected three of Floca’s tips below—what do you think?

(1) Take the step of “writing what you know” a little further and “write what you want to know.”

(2) “Writing is all about re-writing.”

(3) “Research helps to guide the writing. Writing helps to guide the research.”

Unbroken Continues to Lead the iBooks Bestsellers List

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. for the third week in a row.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending December 22, 2014. Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl is No. 2 this week and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr holds the No. 3 position.

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

Publishing Jobs: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oxford University Press, Quarto Publishing

This week, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is hiring a senior designer, while  needs a digital team manager. Quarto Publishing Group is seeking an acquiring editor, and  is on the hunt for a children’s book acquiring editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.


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Have You Read Every Book on Lisa Simpson’s Reading List?

275px-Lisa2Lisa Simpson is pretty well read for an 8 year-old cartoon character.

According to the Lisa Simpson Book Club on Goodreads, the animated character has read 63 books including: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis; The Bonfire of the Vanities
by Tom Wolfe and Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.

BuzzFeed has taken this data to create a quiz to help you see how many books on Lisa’s list you have read yourself.

eReaders Are Bad For Sleep

books and ereader_webDo you read eBooks before bed? It could be having a negative effect on your sleep, according to a new study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers looked at the sleep quality of people who had read on a light-emitting eReaders before bed and compared the results with the quality of sleep achieved by people who read print books. The report revealed that using devices before bedtime delays the circadian clock and suppresses the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin in the body.

Check it out:

Participants reading an LE-eBook took longer to fall asleep and had reduced evening sleepiness, reduced melatonin secretion, later timing of their circadian clock, and reduced next-morning alertness than when reading a printed book. These results demonstrate that evening exposure to an LE-eBook phase-delays the circadian clock, acutely suppresses melatonin, and has important implications for understanding the impact of such technologies on sleep, performance, health, and safety.

13 Year-Old Invents Braille Printer Out of Lego

Thirteen year-old Shubham Banerjee has built a braille printer out of a robotic Lego kit to help blind readers print out texts to read.

The project has gotten a lot of attention and even earned investment from Intel. PBS News Hour tells the story in the above video.

(Via PBS).

Blaire Briody Wins 2014 Richard J. Margolis Award

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.12.20 PMWriter Blaire Briody has won the 2014 Richard J. Margolis Award, an honor bestowed on a promising nonfiction writer “whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom, and concern with social justice.”

As a freelance journalist, Briody has written for The New York Times, Popular Science and Fast Company.Her first book The New Wild West will tell the story of how a quiet town in North Dakota was transformed by an oil boom. The book is due out from Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press in 2016.

“I enjoy exploring broader social issues through the stories of individuals and immersing myself in their environment,” Briody stated. “With The New Wild West, I hope to give a voice to the people living in North Dakota’s oil boom region and provide the reader with a deep understanding of what fracking, oil and our relationship to the land means for all of us. The Richard J. Margolis Award will be paramount in helping me complete my book, and I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to receive such a prestigious honor.”

Batman Stars in a TED-Ed Lesson About Bats

The TED-Ed team has created a science lesson starring The Dark Knight. It explores the role that bats play in the world’s ecosystem and how these creatures are both “widely misunderstood and vilified.” The animated video embedded above features both Batman and cameos from several of Gotham City’s most infamous villains such as the Joker, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy. What do you think?