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ebooks and Consumers

Tweet  Today ebooks have widely become a popular trend for consumers to be able to carry multiple books without the extra weight. But are ebooks really consumer friendly? Sure, they are more eco-friendly but is not quite in sync with its consumers. For the most part, ebooks are a great way to get a book [...]

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Goodbye to Larry Kirshbaum as he leaves Amazon in the New Year

Tweet  As first reported by Shelf Awareness and confirmed by Amazon, Larry Kirshbaum, 69, will be leaving Amazon Publishing on January 17th.  After two years, Kirshbaum will be replaced by Daphne Durham and will be returning to his life a literary agent. So what is the future for Amazon publishing? Even though there have been [...]

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University Presses at the Forefront of Publishing Innovation

Tweet  Next month, the Association of American University Presses is will celebrate for the second year the University Press community. One of the goals of the celebration is to highlight the extraordinary works and show the public that university presses are just as much at the forefront of the publishing innovation as anyone and will [...]

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PEN Literary Awards Celebrates the Fight for Rights and Freedom

TweetThis past Monday, October 21st, PEN American Center celebrated its 2013 Literary Awards at the Proshansky Auditorium of CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.  The PEN Literary awards have honored many of the most notable voices in literature for the past 50 years, and this year’s ceremony captured PEN’s mission to advance literature and [...]

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Global Phenomenon Comes from One Girl’s Bravery

TweetI Am Malala: The Story of the Girl who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban is the incredible story of young Pakistani, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban when they boarded her school bus in 2012. Malala miraculously recovered after many operations in Birmingham, England, where [...]

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Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Announced

Tweet  Alice Munro, the 82-year-old, Canadian short-story writer, has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, making her the thirteenth woman to win the prize. The Swedish Academy said that “Ms. Munro is a master of the contemporary short story.” She revolutionized the architecture of short stories, as she often begins her stories in unexpected [...]

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Economic and Physical Dangers Force Publishing Industry out of Syria

TweetThe continuing conflict in Syria that began in 2011 has Syrian’s publishing industry joining the over two million other Syrians who are leaving the country. Both the economic and physical dangers have become too much. Price of paper alone has made it incredibly expensive to publish, but even if the publishers could afford printing, the [...]

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All Things American Dominate the National Book Awards

TweetThe National Book Foundation released the longlist for nonfiction this week, and American culture, history, music, biography and religion make up eight of the ten titles! And additionally, three of the authors are staff writers for the New Yorker, including Lawrence Wright, Jill Lepore, and George Packer.  The 2013 National Book Foundation nonfiction list includes: [...]

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E-publishing Phenomena in Developing Markets

TweetDeveloped markets in the West, such as the U.S. and Europe, tend to see e-books as an extension of printed books, so that there were “books” and then “e-books.” But it is interesting to us that in many undeveloped markets, it is the opposite. In Africa, for example, physical books are considered to be printed [...]

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Writing Tips from Critically Acclaimed Novelist, Elmore Leonard

TweetTo honor author Elmore Leonard, who passed away last month, we are highlighting his top five Rules for Writing. We encourage you to follow these simple, yet effective, tips! Avoid Prologues Never open a book with weather. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.” Never use and adverb to modify the verb “said.” [...]

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