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Hunter S. Thompson‘s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is the most popular book set in Nevada and “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck is the most popular book set in California, according to Mic.com.
The news site has created a map of the most popular books set in each state. Here is how they calculated the score:
Each state’s representative fiction book was chosen based on Goodreads scores for series with over 50,000 ratings. If no book from the state reached that vote threshold, we selected the highest-rated in the closest tier of votes. No parts of series that cannot stand alone were included; in other words, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz qualified while Twilight did not.
Follow this link to explore the entire map.
Google has introduced a new typeface for eBooks on Google Play Books.
The company created the new typeface in conjunction with Type Together and has been working on the project since 2014. The idea behind the new typeface was to create an enhanced reading experience across devices and to make Google eBooks stand out against other eReader competitors. The company tweeted the news yesterday afternoon.
Introducing Google Play Books’ new font, Literata. Perfect for long reads on all devices. https://t.co/VQfT6oZvVU pic.twitter.com/eF3B1MJpkX
— Google Play (@GooglePlay) May 18, 2015
Here is more about the project from the Type Together blog:
The electronic or digital book represents one of the most important challenge designers and developers face today. The technical limitations of devices regarding rendering of type, together with their variety of physical sizes, are only two of the main obstacles eBooks have to tackle. These facts contribute to an unfair yet appropriate comparison with their analog counterpart, where typography plays a leading role. The Play Books project offered an opportunity to approach some of these problems from a new perspective.
Ever wanted to make butter beer from Harry Potter or apple tart from The Hobbit?
Cookfiction.com is here to help providing “real recipes for imaginary foods.” This new site includes a collection of recipes inspired by fiction. “I believe that storytelling and honest, homemade food have the power to create strong social bonds,” explains Cheri, the creative force behind the site. “My goal is to bring people of all walks of life together to the same table…to eat good food, stretch their imaginations, and have fun.”
You can browse the site by meal type (appetizer or side dish, for instance) or by category (books, tv shows or movies). You can even suggest a recipe if a meal from your favorite book isn’t featured on the site.
I have now officially finished the text of the new book. Hurrah!
Judging on the response to what I have been submitting over the last 6 months, we probably won't be changing the text that much - more tweaks that re-writes I should think - but that doesn't mean I'm done. There will still be a little jiggery-pokery with my image choices, once the layouts have all been designed, and there's also some new artwork to create specifically for the book (like the 'colour before line' step-by-step I did for the original presentation for the US co-edition).
The other big job that's left to do is the scanning. So far, we have been working with low-res images: either the photos I took of my tagged sketchbooks, or low-res scans lifted from the website. All those images now have to be located in the original sketchbooks and scanned at 300ppi, ready for print. John is helping with that, but I still have to go through all the scans individually, tweaking things, as my scanner picks up a lot of 'background noise' like paper texture and sketches coming through from the other side, much worse than you see with the eye. Unfortunately there's another issue too. In 2010 I was rather into digitally tinting my pencil sketches, like this one of my new shoes (a reward after the first op I had on my poor feet). This means that there is another job for some of the scans from that period: because I was only playing, not consciously creating 'artwork', I only tinted the low-res scans I'd made for my website. Now that I want to feature some of those images in the book, I am having to create the coloured versions all over again.
This image is going into the 'drawing feet' section, because of the way the shoes are sculpted through shadow and highlights. Above is the new high-res scan of the original sketch, with a not very white background.
Once I had played with it in 'Levels' in Photoshop, it looked better. I moved the date across to the right a bit while I was at it, so it would better balance against the text (even though I suspect that the publisher will crop the text off this one):
Better. But the line-work in the old, tinted version was beefed up a bit and given a slightly blue tint, to help it to hold its own better against the colour, so I altered my new scan the same way (Photoshop is wonderful - how on earth would we have done something like that before?):
Then I painted the colours on a layer beneath the line work. The result was the sketch at the top. It was quite therapeutic actually - a nice bit of colouring in, with guaranteed success, so no brain power needed.
Sadly, those lovely red shoes have now bitten the dust. I did very recently buy myself another pair of bright red shoes though, so all is well.
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Penguin Random House has relaunched its website. The new site, which was built in-house, features the publisher’s complete catalog along with completely redesigned book and author pages.
The site contains a \"Content Warehouse\" which is designed to populate the page with related content based on a site visitor’s actions. The site also features content designed to engage readers such as shareable reading challenges, book bingo, and behind-the-scenes posts about the company.
“Tailored book recommendations and author updates help new voices find their audience, and make it easy for readers to follow the authors they love,” Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House wrote in an email to employees about the new site. “Accessible on all devices, it will allow our readers access to information seamlessly on the go. Watch this short videothat the team made to introduce the site.”
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George Bletsis provided this week’s stunning Adventure Time cover, so he gets Comics Illustrator of the Week honors! Bletsis brings his carefully constructed drawings to life with rich, bold colors and seems to have a real knack for field of depth & space in his work. Working and living in Southern England as a freelance illustrator for print media and as an artist for the film/video game industry, Bletsis has collected quite an impressive list of clients thus far including Jamie Oliver, BBC, Penguin, and The Royal Academy of Dance, to name a few.
You can find more art by George Bletsis, including some pages of his own comic strip, on his blog here.
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Instar Books is using digital tools to build new form of renegade book publishing. So it is the perfect fit that the latest work in the imprint’s catalog is called, “Videogames for Humans: Twine Authors in Conversation.”
Edited by Merritt Kopas, the book explores the emerging scene of open source video game design community Twine. The eBook edition of the book has built in video games and new products associated with the book will be released based on book sales.
The publisher allows the public to follow its sales figures, 208 eBooks have sold so far. There are a number of sales goals and for each goal, a new kind of product is unlocked, not unlike in a video game. For instance, when 25 eBooks were sold, print books were unlocked. When 200 books were sold, jacket patches were made available for sale. If 1,000 copies sell, Kopas will record and release a full album of music, with a song for each game in the book.
Fred Benenson and Chris Mulligan are trying to raise $15,000 to fund The Emoji Translation Project, which includes building a digital translation engine, as well as publishing a phrasebook that translates emoji.
The phrasebook has practical applications and should help readers order a bottle of wine or find the American Embassy when traveling abroad. Here is more about their approach from the project’s Kickstarter page:
To build any translation engine requires massive amounts of text that exists in both languages, which are sometimes called parallel texts, explains the Kickstarter page. There’s plenty of content around the web in English, but there’s not that much in emoji. Thats why we’re raising money on Kickstarter: we want to pay people to translate sentences into emoji.
This is the second emoji-related project from Benenson, who published an emoji translation of Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” called Emoji Dick in 2009.
Author Scott Carney is hoping to raise $6,500 to build a publishing platform for journalists “to share payment structures, rate editors and sell pitches.”
The WordRates platform will give journalists to tools to assess the freelance writing market to identify magazines, blogs and online news sites based on how they work. WordRates users will be able to share Yelp-like ratings of editors and publications. In addition, the site’s Pitch Lab will allow writers to workshop pitches with seasoned journalists and to get agent-level insights into contract negotiations.
Here is more from the Kickstarter page:
Antitrust laws make it illegal for freelancers to unionize so the only practical solution is to rely on the principles of the free market. It is time for a disruptive website that will change the playing field for freelance writers and photographers. By sharing information and promoting a business model that has been successful in both the book publishing and film industries it will be possible to get a bigger piece of the overall publishing revenue.
In a short story published in 1941, author Jorge Luis Borges had imagined a series of rooms full of books that contained every character and word of every book ever written or could be written. The library featured every possible story that could ever be written, but this glut of information led readers and librarians to despair.
Brooklyn-based author Jonathan Basile has taken Borges’ vision of the Library of Babel and built it online. Check it out:
The Library of Babel is a place for scholars to do research, for artists and writers to seek inspiration, for anyone with curiosity or a sense of humor to reflect on the weirdness of existence – in short, it’s just like any other library. If completed, it would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters, including lower case letters, space, comma, and period. Thus, it would contain every book that ever has been written, and every book that ever could be – including every play, every song, every scientific paper, every legal decision, every constitution, every piece of scripture, and so on. At present it contains 1,024,640 volumes.
President Obama has launched a new plan to bring eBooks to underserved kids, in an effort to expand their access to digital learning materials. The effort is an expansion on Obama’s ConnectED program and includes two parts: securing $250 million worth of eBooks, as well as the ConnectED Library Challenge.
Major publishers including: Macmillan, Simon& Schuster, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Bloomsbury and HarperCollins, among others have agreed to donate $250 million worth of eBooks available to libraries as part of the program. In addition, nonprofits and libraries have teamed up on an app that will distribute materials from the public domain.
To help get these digital materials into the hands of kids, the White House has launched the ConnectED Library Challenge, a commitment by more than 30 communities to get every student to sign up for a library card. In addition, The New York Public Library and FirstBook are collaborating with Digital Public Library of America to help the effort to actually get these eBooks into the hands of young readers by helping patrons match their reading levels and interests.
ReedPop has published an e-book entitled 12 Books You Can’t Miss at BookCon 2015. This digital project contains excerpts from 12 highly anticipated books.
According to the press release, “each author has also written a unique, personalized note addressing BookCon fans.” Below, we’ve posted the full list of books.
Titles Featured in 12 Books You Can’t Miss at BookCon 2015
Author Celeste Nghe will kick off the #TwitterFiction Festival next week as she tells a love story from a note that she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library.
The online writing marathon will begin on Monday, May 11 at 9 a.m. The festival will feature the works of 24 #TwitterFiction Festival contest winners from seven countries and sixteen states. The five-day event will include participation from authors including: Margaret Atwood, Jackie Collins, and Lemony Snicket.
Stories will range from a thriller starring a CIA agent on the hunt for a terrorist told from multiple Twitter handles to love poetry from one Star Wars character to another in iambic pentameter. The event will also include an in-person event in New York City on May 13 in which writers and artists will live tweet stories in front of a live audience.
Book Expo America is just around the corner and the app is now ready for this year’s show.
For anyone who has been overwhelmed by the massive halls at the Javitz Center, the app is a must download. The tool will help you navigate your way from the China pavillion to Startup Alley. It includes maps, a floor plan, special events, author signings and a full exhibitor list, among other things. You can use the map to plan your schedule and to remind you to attend events like the Editors’ Buzz Forums and Jonathan Franzen’s talk.
The show will take place May 27 – 29, 2015. Follow this link to download the app.
McSweeney’s has created a book trailer for the imprint’s latest title, “That Thing You Do With Your Mouth” by Samantha Matthews and David Shields. The title, which is due out on June 9th, 2015, is Matthews’ story of sexuality and trauma, told to Shields. You can read an excerpt here.
Looking for your next book to read? Check out Readgeek, an online book recommendation engine that helps readers determine what they might like to read next based on their past reads.
Users can rate books classic titles they have read in the past to determine what they might like next. For instance, we gave a 8.0 ratings for a couple of the Harry Potter books and the engine recommended “The Way of Kings” by Brandon Sanderson and “The Code of the Woosters” by P.G. Wodehouse, among 8 others. (Every vote, will suggest 10 potential titles to read).
You can rate the suggestions too, so if you don’t like what it recommends, the engine will try again. The more you rate books, the more the engine gets to know your preferences. The platform is currently in beta for English, German and Spanish language books.
Ever get an email about circling back about a hard deadline? Pens.com has created an infographic that explores office jargon.
Check it out:
It is simply too easy to adopt so many of today’s catchy sayings and clever phrases – from low-hanging fruit to top of the funnel. Those who do so are occasionally able to create new, trendy marketing jargon that speaks to the nation. The infographic below provides a high-level look at some of the most common office jargon meanings and insights that have really \"moved the needle\" in recent times. Oh wow, there we go again!
We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump.
Kensington Publishing Corp. will launch two new digital imprints under the Lyrical Press division. The company executives made this announcement at this year’s Romantic Times Book Convention.
The editorial team at Lyrical Shine will acquire contemporary romance manuscripts. The editorial team at Lyrical Underground will concentrate on thriller, mystery, and horror projects.
Alexandra Nicolajsen, the associate director of social media and digital sales, gave this statement in the press release: “When Kensington brought Lyrical into our community of imprints, we were excited to work with a new group of authors and expand our footprint in the digital publishing community. In a little over a year, we have acquired many compelling projects, and built new bestselling authors. The new Lyrical Shine and Underground imprints represent our commitment to diversifying the Lyrical list. Most importantly they create a program that will distinguish our authors and bring the most original stories to our readers.”
Do you like listening to audiobooks? Online reading community Goodreads wants to make it easier for readers to discover good audio books and the Amazon-owned site is integrating clips from Audible.com titles into its site.
In the coming days, Goodreads will feature audio samples for around 180,000 Audible titles. Here is more from the Goodreads blog:
If you like what you hear, you can add the title to your \"Want to Read\" shelf. For Goodreads members in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, or Australia who are not yet Audible members, you can take advantage of their free trial! Once you click on the Listen icon, you will see a link to the trial. Sign up and you’ll receive two free audiobooks plus a 30-day free trial of Audible.
Some works of fiction are so packed with characters that it is hard to keep track of every new person to enter the story. The Fictionary, a new online app that lets you create book-specific dictionaries for your favorite books, is hoping to help readers keep track.
The free resource allows readers to access a custom e-book dictionary of fictitious terms, places and people in literature created by author provided content or community wikis. “Fiction books can be complex, filled with a lot of characters to keep track of, items that are difficult to visualize, and places that are hard to recall,” explains the site. “Fictionaries can help you enjoy these stories without confusion, spoiler free, and you never have to leave your book.”
The tool is designed to avoid spoilers and only provide details on characters based on how far along in the story you are. Fictionaries work on all Kindle eReaders, iOS Kindle Apps, and some Android ePub apps such as Moon+ Reader.
Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
Pieces from the 2015 SCBWI-WWA Conference intensive with Candlewick art director Kristen Nobles. The assignment was to illustrate the traditional nursery rhyme by going beyond the typical little boy images.
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General Mills is bringing the cereal box prize into the 21st century by giving away eBooks through breakfast cereal packaging.
Working with digital content distribution platform BookShout and Simon & Schuster, the CPG company has added a unique eBook giveaway code to 8.4 million boxes of Cheerios. The promotion is part of the brand’s \"Cheer on Reading\" literacy program, which encourages young consumers to read. Here is more from the BookShout blog:
…the \"Cheer on Reading\" program provides families direct access to one of nine children’s eBooks, creating a new digital platform for General Mills to meaningfully engage with its audience. And it’s all made possible thanks to BookShout’s digital content distribution platform.