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Loaded Dice — The New Research Conundrums Posed by Mechanical Turk

As Goes the Web, So Goes Books on the Web

OpenBooks: A Self-Publishing Bookstore Where You Read First, Pay Later

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Jeff Bezos Takes Washington Post into Digital Future

Is there a library-sized hole in the internet?

Publishers bypass literary agents to discover bestseller talent

MOOCs Are the Thing with Feathers

Sonnedragon Serialization, Part 2

Front pages: maps, illustrations, family trees, etc. Part 0; 1

She was Margueryt Cordelia Diane Sebastiane, Prince of Gossunge, Shieldmaid Commander, Chevalier Order St. Mykhael of the Holy Sword of Flame, the legitimate daughter and heir-apparent to Duke Dafythe of the Northlands. As first cousin to the Norman Emperor Kharles V, she was also next in line of succession to the imperial throne after her aged father so long as Kharles remained unmarried and fathered no licit child. At thirty-one, she was a vigorous woman in her prime, young enough to retain her …read more

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Sonnedragon Serialization, Part 1

The Northlands Map

Front pages: maps, illustrations, family trees, etc.

Pendaunzel

1953

une

Whenever swords clanged against each other, Mara heard the ringing of the metal, clear and crystalline, urgent as a peal of church bells on a winter night calling the pure of heart from their warm beds to service. This was her service. She was guided by a higher power when she gave herself to swordfare. At this one moment, her mind was perfectly clear. She saw herself in motion. Her instinct never failed her if she acted instantly. Her faith was that of a knight in righteous cause. No candles, no …read more

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University of California Press Introduces New Open Access Publishing Programs

Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch

Big Sister: Some Beneficial Aspects of Collecting User Data

Why To Kill a Mockingbird is overrated

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Amazon Unveils First Staffed Location On a College Campus

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The Zuckerberg Effect

Mark Zuckerberg Announces 2nd Pick For Facebook Book Club

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Librarians urge publishers: get your metadata out there, everywhere

The real science of science fiction

Amazon Lost $241 Million on $88 Billion in Sales

Rod McKuen, poet and songwriter, dies aged 81

How Salon tamed the trolls and saved its online comments

Eschaton-a-Go-Go Sketchbook IndieGoGo 2013 Perk

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For your reading pleasure. The Eschaton-a-Go-Go IndieGoGo 2013 Sketchbook perk is available to all!

Sample Pages from the Sketchbook

Thank you to everyone who supported our IndieGoGo campaign… wow, a year and a half ago. Time files, don’t it?

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Mark Zuckerberg’s book club opens with a disappointing first chapter

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Springer merger with Macmillan announced

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Sports Illustrated Lays Off All of Its Staff Photographers

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Print is back

Ebooks at night won’t help you sleep tight, US study finds

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France’s rock star economist Thomas Piketty turns down Legion of Honour

“He gets the men to follow him by making them feel good about themselves. He foreshadows in fiction the particular evil of Ronald Reagan.”
Baddies in books: Long John Silver – a pirate Ronald Reagan (Yes! But that is kind of mean to Long John Silver.)

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Amazon ‘suppresses’ book with too many hyphens

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Nature launches first journal in four years

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Elizabeth Gilbert Advises Against Depending On Your Writing to Make a Living

Bestselling account of heavenly journey crashes to earth

Chicago Reader staff votes to unionize, seeking ‘stronger voice’ in outlet’s future

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First ever YA Book Prize shortlist announced!

5 Tips for Writing a Memoir

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The Strange Beauty of Murkami’s “The Strange Library”

I-5 Publishing Launches Dogster and Catster in Print

EBSCO and EasyBib now allowing direct citation exports

Ben Okri wins bad sex in fiction award for scene featuring rocket going off

Knowledge Quarter launched at British Library

My Thoughts (Jason Shiga’s thoughts ED) On James Sturm’s New Sexist and Racist Comic (J Shiga’s comic, “Demon,” has me on the edge of my seat. Totally worth starting from the beginning. He’s got a good business model going, too.)

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Exploring books glimpsed in Interstellar

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Ursula Le Guin cries freedom as she is honoured for contribution to literature

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Shakespeare First Folio found in French library

Sense about Science Christmas Reading Room 2014

Archive of Colombian literary great Gabriel García Márquez goes to Texas

Anthony Burgess musical composition discovered

2014 National Book Award Winners

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All Trenchcoat and Cigarette and Arrogance: “Hellblazer,” “Constantine,” and Noir

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Self-publishing’s vices and virtues

Moby-Dick marathon: ‘It’s the literary version of Shark Week’

Mendeley and WriteLaTeX join forces

Growing Impact of Older Articles

Why Are Publishers and Editors Wasting Time Formatting Citations?

Storylandia 14: Dead End

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Dead End
by Chad Denton

“Joy Chevern and Rodney Bauman. Their names have been and still are a staple of TV news, talk shows, blogs, and the information networks of both the left and right wings. Writers of made-for-TV movies and PhD theses have all tried to lock down their motives. The only conclusion would-be scholars and Hollywood’s dregs can agree on is that Rodney and Joy have …read more

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A World Carved from Words: The First Navajo Poet Laureate

Copywrong. Copyright may make creative work more expensive, but without it we’d all be poorer

Ebola scare spotlights media’s retreat from science coverage

Baddies in books: Sauron, literature’s ultimate source of evil

LSI ending their distribution relationship with Amazon

Peerage of Science excited by Springer agreement

Al Jazeera Web Comic Looks at Big Data and the Future of Privacy

Pirates, Pigeons, Dogs, Oh My!: Children’s Books at NCIBA

On Excess: Susan Sontag’s Born-Digital Archive

British comics superhero Dan Dare set for take off again

Beyond Wolverine: the most memorable superhero deaths in comics

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True histories: the renaissance of Arab Jews in Arabic novels

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Baddies in books: Captain Ahab, the obsessive, revenge-driven nihilist

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Have You Looked At This: NGA Online Editions

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The Red House Children’s Book Award 2015 shortlist is announced!

French NYC Festival Examines “Extremist Fiction”

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Filthy first pages: do they make you want to read on?

The Size of the Open Access Market

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Big Losses, Big Questions for Amazon

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Home and History in the Fiction of Los Angeles

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Transrealism: the first major literary movement of the 21st century?

GovDeals Auctions Surplus Books Online

How to kill a troll

The California Sunday Magazine sets out to win the West

Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals

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“Funded by the European Union, among others, the festival’s goal is to promote new talent and encourage cartooning in Palestine. An exhibition in Bethlehem’s Manger Square by participating cartoon artists will include work by Baha Boukhari, a political cartoonist for Ramallah-based Al Ayyam newspaper, architect and cartoonist Samir Harb, and Yara Bamieh, an architect, graphic designer and illustrator. French cartoonist Maximilien Le Roy, who in 2009 published a graphic novel about Gaza, and a year later a book about the wall in the West Bank, will conduct a beginner workshop in the Aida Refugee Camp on Saturday. Journalist and comic script -writer Albert Drandov will give a talk about his work and experience on the closing day this Sunday.”
The First Palestine Comics Festival Opens

“Will more publishers follow in McSweeney’s path? According to Jonathan Kirsch, a Los Angeles based publishing and IP attorney and adjunct professor at NYU’s Professional Publishing Institute, the shift from profit to non-profits is ‘the coming thing in publishing. It’s going to be increasingly common for certain kinds of publishing houses where something is at stake beyond making money.’ He added that, giving the ongoing financial problems facing the book industry, shifting over to a nonprofit model ‘allows more publishers to continue to publish books because they are not relying on profits from the marketplace.'”
McSweeney’s New Business Model: Nonprofit

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Self publishing continues to grow strongly

Meeting considers how open access could address inequalities

Open Access Week 2014

How nylons changed literature

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Cairo Book Fair to Launch Professional Program

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1,000 Years of Popular Music

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Open-access journal revenue to triple by 2017

UK’s Oral Storytelling Renaissance Spans Clubs, Books

Neverwhere book bench: come see it at the Guardian

Alison Bechdel – now even more awesome

Ex-wife obtains injunction against book to protect son

How personal essays conquered journalism — and why they can’t cut it

Science fiction’s utopias are built out of wilful ignorance (Utopia, dystopia, it’s all rock-n-roll to me.)

Somehow, New York Comic Con Gets Bigger

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Creative writing courses are killing western literature, claims Nobel judge

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Beware journo-speak

Surprising Range: Religion Publishing in Minnesota

Longer stories draw more attention, but with diminishing returns

Marvel to Debut Squirrel Girl Comic Series in January 2015 Y’know, it’s funny, I was just thinking about Dan Slott’s “Great Lakes Avengers” and how completely marvelous it is. So more Squirrel Girl can only be delightful.