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1. This is Florence- a commission I did for a lovely couple. Yay...



This is Florence- a commission I did for a lovely couple. Yay for pugs!



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2. Wattpad Promotes ‘Summer of Storytelling’

Digital reading and writing community Wattpad has launched a series of campaigns to promote the ‘Summer of Storytelling.’

As part of the effort, the social reading platform which has more than 40 million monthly users, is featuring live broadcasts with authors live on Periscope. The site is revealing the  #WhereIWrite schedule weekly on Twitter. Featured writers include: Jennifer Armentrout, Anna Todd Erin Latimer, Emily Lindin and Bel Watson.

The site is also hosting the 6thAnnual Watty Awards this summer. Authors can enter by tagging a story that they have written in 2015 with #wattys2015. Submissions are open through August 31, 2015. Follow this link for more details.

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3. Gay America is Free E-Book of the Day

To celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to honor gay marriage, Gay America: The Road to Gay Marriage and LGBT Rights from The Associated Press is today’s free e-book of the day.

The book explores the history of the gay rights movement in the U.S. through the work of Associated Press reporters and photographers. Check it out:

The United States has become a more colorful nation. The push to legalize gay marriage has grown out of a drastic shift in the country’s acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the struggle for equality has had many hurdles to overcome and many heroes to lead the way. Discover how far the gay community has come in its fight.

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4. AASL Reveals Best Apps for Teaching and Learning

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has revealed a list of the best apps for teaching and learning.

The list includes lists of apps in five different categories that are aimed at learning. The categories include: books; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); organization & management; social sciences; and content creation. The apps include: David Wiesner’s Spot by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Loose Strands by Darned Socks Production; iBiome: Wetland by Spring Bay Studio; Remind by Remind 101 Inc.; and Amazing World Atlas by Lonely Planet, among others.

Here is more about the list from AASL’s site:

The apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

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5. J.K. Rowling on the Symbolism Behind Dumbledore and Hagrid’s Names

Pottermore Logo (GalleyCat)Five new essays were posted on the Pottermore website: “Alchemy,” “Vernon & Petunia,” “The Sword of Gryffindor,” “Extension Charms,” and “Hatstall.” Thanks to this new content, Harry Potter fans now know about the symbolism behind Albus Dumbledore and Rubeus Hagrid’s names.

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more, you should stop reading now!

Entertainment Weekly reports that “Rubeus and Albus are derived from red and white, two colors that are traditionally associated with alchemy…Hagrid represents the red base metal, which is associated with warmth and wildness, while Dumbledore is more in line with gold and the color white, which is impressive and intellectual, but can also be detached.” Together, these two characters make-up the ideal father figure for The Boy Who Lived.

Throughout the year, J.K. Rowling has revealed several new details about the Harry Potter series (primarily through Twitter). Readers have been made aware of the existence of an American wizarding school, that Moaning Myrtle’s full name is Myrtle Elizabeth Warren, and that Fred Weasley’s death at the Battle of Hogwarts \"was the worst for\" the author. Do you have any other burning questions that you wish Rowling would answer? (via TIME.com)

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6. Interactive Story App on Kickstarter

Sarah Towle is trying to raise $40,000 for her company Time Traveler Tours & Tales to build an interactive story app that gives a tour of historic Florence through Mary Hoffman’s Tale of Renaissance Giants: Michelangelo & David.

The app guides tourists through an interactive first-person story that is based on true events from 16th century Florence, Italy.

Here is more about the project from the Kickstarter page:

In the Footsteps of Giants StoryAppTour, to be developed for iPhone, transports you to the streets of old Florence. You’ll feel as if you are there–a witness to history–as you watch one of the greatest artists of all time carve one of the most iconic sculptures in world history. Through immersive, high context games and activities, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the time and place in which Michelangelo lived and worked, interacting not just with your device, but with your companions and, most importantly, your surroundings.

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7. Amazon’s Latest Kindle Paperwhite

kindleAmazon has released a new Kindle Paperwhite, an update to its bestselling Kindle device. The 6″ device weighs in at 7.2 oz and costs $119.

The latest e-reader features Amazon’s highest resolution Paperwhite display along with a new typesetting engine. The new display contains 300 pixels per inch and 2x the pixels as the previous generation Kindle Paperwhite. The new typesetting engine has an exclusive font called Bookerly that was designed for reading on digital screens. In addition, the typesetting has updated layouts with new character placement and improved spacing.

The Kindle is currently available for presale and ships June 30.

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8. Pick of the Week for MELT and This Week’s Topic

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It’s Illustration Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Mariana Yatsuda Ikuta, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of PET. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:

MONSTER

Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

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9. Social Book Platform Glose Now on Android

Glose, a social tool for e-book readers, has launched a new app for Android devices. Prior to the release, the tool was available on iOS devices and via web apps.

The app allows readers to sample, purchase and read eBooks and recommend them to friends. The service has more than 300,000 books in its library with titles from more than 600 publishers. The site also includes curated recommendations from its staff editors, as well as from authors.

Readers can highlight passages and make notes in eBooks and then share these in their social reading stream.

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10. Ad Creative Director to Publish Book via Instagram Posts

jasonsperlingInstagram has become a great way for authors to communicate about their work with readers. Just today E.L. James broke the news of her and new book in the 50 Shades of Grey series via Instagram.

Jason Sperling, executive creative director at RPA, is releasing a new book this month with tips on how to use the social network to better communicate with your audience. To that end, the book, “Look At Me When I’m Talking To You,” is being published one page a day on the social network for 160 days in a row at @lookatmebook. Check out the first post:

\"Look at Me When I’m Talking to You\" examines the obstacles that collectively threaten our industry’s future and offers up new rules for getting attention in an attention scarce world, inspiring care amidst consumer apathy, and fostering loyalty from an increasingly discerning and departing audience. It offers proven strategies for connecting with today’s fickle, fleeing, over-stimulated audience. It has 20% more humor than most marketing books, and 100% more pictures.

Sperling explains his strategy in an interview with Adweek:

The inspiration for the book’s idea comes from being immersed in this “mess of opportunity” every day, as well as from watching the way the industry change so drastically since I first got into advertising. It comes from the day-to-day trials and frustrations of trying to create content and social objects that people will willingly engage with. And it comes from the constant strategizing of how to stand out, stand apart and increase our chances of success.

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11. Gorgeous Taylor Swift Art Print by Alice Zhang

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Check out this beautiful portrait illustration of Taylor Swift by Alice Zhang.

Good news! You can even get this illustration as a print or tons of other products here!

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12. MONSTER by Michael Robertson

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Submitted by Michael Robertson for the Illustration Friday topic MONSTER.

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13. Incredibly Useful Digital Watercolour Tools for Illustrators

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If you’re a digital illustrator seeking a way to make work that looks handmade, you simply MUST check out this huge collection of digital brushes and tools from the great Nicky Laatz!

Equipped with just this pack – you will be an unstoppable watercolour design machine…without even picking up a paint brush :)

Get the pack here!

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14. The Boston Marathon Bombing is Free E-book of the Day

The Boston Marathon Bombing: The Long Run from Terror to Renewal by the Associated Press is today’s Free E-book of the Day.

The book explores the tragic 2013 event changed the iconic event forever. Check it out:

In 2013, the event changed irrevocably when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. A manhunt ensued that paralyzed the city. At its end, Tamerlan Tsarnaev lay dead and his brother, Dzhokhar, critically wounded, was in law enforcement hands. Convicted and sentenced, Dzhokhar now faces the consequences of American justice. AP Editions takes a behind-the-scenes look at the case and the journalists who covered it, from the start of the race through the death penalty hearing.

Download your free copy at this link.

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15. Make Seamless Patterns Quickly and Easily with Pattern Press

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Have you ever wanted to make seamless repeating patterns but didn’t know how to or tried and found it too difficult? Well now you can with PatternPress for Photoshop.
PatternPress makes the process of creating seamless patterns easy and also adds a heap of extra touches to make them look even more amazing!Click here to see a great video demo and learn how to get started making quick and easy seamless patterns!

 

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16. Audiobooks.com Hosts Audiobook Month Celebration

audiobooks.com (GalleyCat)Audiobooks.com will celebrate Audiobook Month with a daily free download. A new digital audiobook will be offered at no charge every day throughout the month of June.

The company has formed partnerships with a dozen publishing houses for this program. Today, an original Jane Green short story is being featured; the piece stars two characters named Jemima J and Cat who come from Green’s forthcoming novel Summer Secrets.

Here’s more from the press release: “Offerings will include books and short stories by authors like Maya Banks, Jane Green, Rick Riordan, Jonathan Maberry, T.C. Boyle, Gary Chapman, Maggie Stiefvater, and more. The selection will feature romance, horror, thriller, non-fiction, and classic titles for adults, teens, and children.”

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17. Resume Writing Checklist: INFOGRAPHIC

Writing blog Essaymama has created a helpful tool for job seekers: an infographic called “Resume Writing Checklist for Brainy Jobseekers.\"

The graphic is full of great tips to help writers and other publishing professionals craft the perfect resume. Here is more about the graphic from Essaymama.com:

Most of us do not know how to properly write a resume and we often make the mistake of assuming that we can easily get away with our lack of resume writing skills. Yes, it might be a page or two but the importance of a resume when it comes to job application cannot be overemphasised. Through your resume, your potential employer should be able to gain a glimpse of your professional history to be in a better position of landing a job. To make this a possibility, you need to ensure that your resume is consistent, concise and legible so that it can attract readership.

We’ve got the entire graphic for you after the jump.

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18. Fortunate Horse Magazine Seeks Funding on Kickstarter

fortunatehorseFortunate Horse Magazine, a team of “goofballs” in New York, which includes writers from Saturday Night Live, The New Yorker, The Onion, Adult Swim, and McSweeney’s, are trying to raise $2,222 on Kickstarter to create a parody magazine.

Their goal is to create ridiculous periodicals and plant them in the real world for unsuspecting people to find and read. The latest issue is called Mister Cigarette, and is a parody of men’s magazines dedicated to men who smoke and love cigarettes. The issue features yellowed pages, fake ads, and a gritty exposé from an undercover journalist about dangerous Russian tobacco substitutes. Here is more from the Kickstarter page:

Mister Cigarette is complete. It’s been written and designed, the cover is locked in, and is ready to go the printers. But a Fortunate Horse project doesn’t really exist until it’s out in the real world. These magazines are meant to be left behind, secreted, installed, and injected into normal, everyday places as if they were actual, published magazines. For that, one needs access to as many real places as possible. We don’t have that, we’re just a small team. But you reading this, you out there in a place we can’t reach, you are the missing ingredient.

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19. Have You Been Downloading Free Audiobooks This Month?

Do you like listening to audiobooks? Audiobooks.com is in the middle of an Audio Book Month promotion in which the site is giving away a free download every day this month.

“Whether you love audiobooks or you’ve never tried one before, you’ve come to the right place,” explains the site.

Reckless by Maya Banks is today’s offer. Check back every day this month for a free download.

 

 

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20. Barnes & Noble to Host To Kill a Mockingbird Event

Harper Lee 200Presales of Harper Lee‘s second novel Go Set a Watchman are off the charts and the excitement about the upcoming release has many people rereading Lee’s classic work To Kill a Mockingbird in preparation.

Barnes & Noble is encouraging this enthusiasm by hosting a To Kill a Mockingbird event day across its stores and online on June 18th.

“Helped by our unique series of customer events, excitement is building at Barnes & Noble for Go Set a Watchman and we are still seeing strong pre-orders of the book in-store and online,” stated Mary Amicucci, vp, Adult Trade and Children’s Books at Barnes & Noble. “We expect this to be the number one book when it lands in July, and for this book we have placed one of the largest initial store orders of any adult trade book in Barnes & Noble history.”

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21. Oyster Launches the Lumin Feature

Oyster Lumin (GalleyCat)The Oyster team has added a new in-app reading feature called Lumin. It regulates the device’s lighting according to the amount of natural sunlight that the user is experiencing (taking into account both the location and time of day).

Readers will find that as the sun goes down, Lumin will reduce the blue light beaming out from the mobile and tablet screens. In its place, a warmer, softer amber light will be emitted.

Here’s more from the website: “Studies show that nighttime reading on devices that emit blue light can suppress our bodies’ production of melatonin, keeping us awake and making us less alert the next morning. Lumin reduces the blue light coming from your screen as the day turns into night.”

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22. Bunad Babe

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23. The Most Popular Book Based on the State Where It Is Set

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.

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24. BookGrabbr Encourages Readers to Promote Books Online

Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Worthy, Regnery, Beaufort and Dunham Books are among publishers test driving a new social media marketing tool for publishers called BookGrabbr.

The online marketing tool allows publishers to give away eBooks or sections of eBooks in exchange for a social share from consumers. The idea is that by giving consumers book excerpts and requiring them to post about it on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, that they will spread the word about the book with their networks and the book’s will take off virally.

BookGrabbr relaunched its platform at BEA this week in New York with more than 2,000 titles in its library. The tool allows publishers and authors to analyze who is downloading and previewing books to help understand their readership and use this data to inform marketing efforts. The tool also has an automated push function, so that authors posting on their own social media sites can automatically promote the book “grabb” to their networks.

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25. Pick of the Week for MELT and This Week’s Topic

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It’s Illustration Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Mariana Yatsuda Ikuta, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of PET. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:

MONSTER

Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

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