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3D Printed Storybooks For Visually Impaired Children

3dprintedbookResearchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have designed a series of children’s books for the visually impaired.

U-Boulder’s Tactile Picture Books Project uses 3D printing technology to turn classic children’s books including Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and Harold and Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon into books with three dimensional tactile experiences.

Colorado.edu has more: “The main idea is to represent 2D graphics in a 3D, tactile way on a scale appropriate for the cognitive abilities and interests of young children, said Yeh. The team combines this information with computational algorithms — essentially step-by-step instructions for mathematical calculations — providing an interface that allows parents, teachers and supporters to print their own customized picture books using 3D computers.” (Via Electric Literature).

Can I Use That Picture?: INFOGRAPHIC

caniusethatpictureLooking for images to use in your book or on your blog? It’s important that you get the right permission or find an image that is available in the public domain.

The Visual Communications Guy has created an infographic called “Can I Use That Picture?” to help publishers navigate what they can and can’t use. Check it out: “Knowing the copyright laws for using images can be a bit tricky. Follow this series of questions to know if you can use a picture for your purposes or not.”

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

Cover Unveiled For Frank Warren’s New ‘PostSecret’ Book

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The cover for Frank Warren’s forthcoming book, The World of PostSecret, has been unveiled. What do you think?

William Morrow, an imprint at HarperCollins, will release the book on November 04, 2014. To learn more about the PostSecret project, follow this link to watch Warren’s TED talk.

Napa Libraries Close Today as Librarians Reshelve Books After Earthquake

napalibraryLibraries across Napa County, CA will be closed today as librarians work to put their collections back together after this weekend’s earthquake.

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake knocked books from the shelves, leaving the library in a shambles. The organization revealed the closures on Facebook yesterday sharing the photo on the right.

“We hope you and your families are safe and well,” read the post. “All Napa County Libraries will be closed tomorrow while we put ourselves back together. I think we have some shelving work ahead of us. Wouldn’t you agree?” Many patrons commented on the Facebook post volunteering to help clean up.

David Sedaris Shares Photo of Hugh

davidsedarisAuthor David Sedaris has been writing about his partner Hugh Hamrick for years. In a recent column penned for The Guardian, Sedaris has published a photo of Hamrick, alongside a new story about his partner of 23 years.

In the story The One that Got Away, Sedaris decides to ask Hamrick for the first time, how many people he’d slept with before they became a couple.

Here is an excerpt from the piece:

Every man ticked off on his fingers was someone I’d been compared to at one point or another, not overtly – he’s anything but cruel – but surely it happened. Someone kissed better than me. Someone had more stamina, a more seductive voice. I’m confident enough to compete against a dozen of his exes, but he was moving on to the population of a small town.

 

Texas Pastor Urges Library to Pull Twilight Books

NewmoonA pastor in Texas has filed a complaint about vampire books in the YA section of his local library and asked that the titles be removed. Rachel Mead’s Blood Promise, Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series were all cited in his complaint.

Pastor Phillip Missick claims that the titles are “dark,” “sexual” and “dangerous for our kids.” ABC News has more:

Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald declined an interview but we have Library Director, Mary Cohn’s response to Missick’s complaint, as well as to a petition he had signed by a handful of local pastors. She noted only five percent of all the 1,500 titles in the teen section deal with occult, vampires and the supernatural, and then spoke to the mission of a public library saying materials should not be chosen or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

New York is Getting a Floating Library

lilacNew York City is home to many amazing libraries and this fall the city is getting another. The Floating Library is a pop-up library that will open on the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 on the Hudson River.

Artist Beatrice Glow has curated the collection, which is made up of books focused on the arts. The boat will be docked from September 6-October 3, 2014 and will include reading and exhibition space.

Here is more about the project from the website:

The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, andLeading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House. Read more

Amazon’s eBook Collection Gets a New Book Every 5 Minutes

amazon304Feel like your novel is getting lost in a sea of other titles in Amazon’s Kindle store? It’s not surprising, as the store’s inventory is growing at an incredibly  rapid pace.

Just how fast? Author Claude Nougat has pegged it at 12 books an hour or about one new book every five minutes. He watched the collection grow from 3,376,174 results to 3,376,186 in an hour, in order to come to this conclusion. Here is more from his blog:

In 24 hours, the number had climbed to 3,378,960, that’s 2786 more books – let’s say, 2,800 a day, that’s over one million books per year – and probably growing at an exponential rate that I cannot calculate for the moment; I haven’t got the data though Amazon does (I wonder whether they are as scared as I am).

David Gregory is Working on a Book

david_gregoryJournalist David Gregory may be out at Meet the Press, but he’s not out of work. According to reports, he is working on a book. Unlike many journalist memoirs, the book will not focus on Gregory’s career. Instead it will focus on his religious life.

TV Newser has more: “Gregory and publisher Simon & Schuster have reportedly been working on the book since 2011 that will focus on his ‘personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives.’”

The book is slated for release in 2015.

Anna Shinoda: ‘Time away from a manuscript always gives me a better perspective for editing.’

Anna ShinodaAnna Shinoda devoted several years to her debut young adult novel, Learning Not to Drown. The story was influenced by Shinoda’s personal experiences with having an incarcerated sibling. We spoke with Shinoda to learn her thoughts on research, crafting realistic characters, and more. Here are the highlights…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: During SCBWI’s annual summer conference, I had manuscripts nominated for their Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award in both 2004 and 2006. While those nominations did not directly get me a book deal, they did lead to a connection with Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary, who became my agent in 2006. In late 2008, after several rejections, Jennie called with the news that Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum was interested. I signed the contract and somewhere between my agent’s office and Caitlyn’s office, the contract got lost. Fortunately, when the mistake was caught a few months later, Caitlyn was still very much wanting to acquire the book.

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