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Posts Tagged ‘Henry David Thoreau’

What Upstream Color & Walden Can Teach Us About Self-Publishing

Can you self-publish a movie?

Continuing his DIY release of Upstream Color, director and writer  Shane Carruth has added his film to Netflix streaming. The movie opened in theaters in 20 markets around the country, followed by a wide range of platforms from iTunes to YouTube to Netflix to DVD. Carruth explained his choice:

As a filmmaker you try to make a compelling case for an audience to stick around minute by minute with what is on the screen … By also crafting the marketing we’re still doing that, still storytelling, but we’re trying to make a case for an audience to show up. Hopefully for viewers, framing the film this way and staying true to the film’s intent makes it a bit more of an intimate relationship.

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Philip K. Dick Leads Backlist Bestsellers at Library of America

For the first time in two years, the Library of America has updated its list of “all-time best-selling titles.”

Once again, Thomas Jefferson, Mark TwainAbraham LincolnWalt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau led that list of major sellers prestigious publisher. The Library of America also released a list of the top backlist bestsellers in 2012, and we’ve included the top ten below–a look at the new classics. Check it out:

Of course, the methodology of the above list favors titles that have been out longer; the most “recent” title in the top 15 was published in 1995. Readers might be interested seeing which “backlist titles” (i.e., volumes published prior to 2011) sold the most copies last year, in 2012.

(Via Edward Champion & Michael Orthofer)

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Free eBook Flowchart

What’s your favorite kind of book? We’ve created a giant flowchart to help you browse the top 50 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg.

Click the image above to see a larger version of the book map. Your choices range from Charles Dickens to Jane Austen, from Sherlock Holmes to needlework. Below, we’ve linked to all 50 free eBooks so you can start downloading right now. The books are available in all major eBook formats.

Follow this link to see an online version of the flowchart, complete with links to the the individual books.

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Stephen King on Taxes & Paulo Coelho on eBook Prices: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including Paulo Coelho‘s eBook price change, a Henry David Thoreau video game and an inspiring poster about literacy (embedded above).

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1. ‘These Are Your Kids on Books’ Poster Goes Viral
2. How to Star in a Classic Novel
3. Paulo Coelho Sells 99-cent eBooks
4. Henry David Thoreau Video Game Gets $40,000 NEA Grant
5. Stephen King to Mitt Romney: ‘you couldn’t have made it in America without America’
6. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
7. INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the 19%
8. Why Do Old Books Smell?
9. Ellen DeGeneres Narrates ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
10. David Simon: ‘Anything that says content should be free makes it hard for all writers, everywhere’

Henry David Thoreau Video Game Gets $40,000 NEA Grant

The University of Southern California has received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce a video game based on the work of Henry David Thoreau. You can explore the game in the video embedded above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “The game will take place in a real-time 3D environment which will replicate the geography of Walden Pond and the woods in which Thoreau made his home using both game technologies and video. Beyond the replication of a virtual environment, however, the gameplay itself will embody the experiment that Thoreau set for himself, reinforcing the basic messages of his work. Walden, a game posits a new genre of play, in which reflection and insight play an important role in the player experience. ”

You can download free eBook edition of Thoreau’s Walden at this link. At the same time, a number of PBS shows saw significant reductions or cuts in their NEA grants this year.

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