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1. Audiobooks.com Is Now in Cars

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2. A Literary Map of Paris’ Left Bank

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3. Netflix to Feature the Original Reading Rainbow Series

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4. Pedal Zombies on Kickstarter

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5. E-book Piracy Is Minimal in the UK

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6. Reddit Launches Book Club

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7. Literary Road Trip Ideas for Summer

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8. Education Publisher XanEdu Raises $8.1 Million

XanEdu Publishing, a company that specializes in publishing educational materials, has raised $8.1 million in its latest round of funding, according to a report in Crain’s.

The company specializes in creating digital learning content for K-12, universities, first responders, the military and corporate markets. The toolset allows these various outlets to publish their own materials in print or digital format and to deliver the content to mobile devices. More than 1,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. use the platform. In addition, XanEdu’s digital content-delivery platform is used at campus bookstores run by Barnes & Noble and Follett.

The company will invest the new funding in sales and marketing, as well as software development.

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9. Oyster Subscribers Can Now Access 2,000 Macmillan Digital Books

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10. Disney Hyperion Publishes Interactive E-Book

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11. British Library Makes 5,400 Titles Available Online

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12. What Can You Accomplish in 1 Milllion Hours?

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13. Elizabeth Gilbert Launches a New Podcast on Creativity

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14. Kickstarter Offers a Humble Bundle Deal

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15. Simon & Schuster Launches New Site Called Glommable

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16. E-Book Sales Up 25% in Dutch Market: INFOGRAPHIC

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17. ReadBrightly Picks 50 Best Kids Books for 5- and 6-Year-Olds

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18. Friends with Fins: Informational Videos

I'm always looking for good videos for my students.  As we expand our understanding of what it means to be a reader in this digital age, I know videos are an important part of learning.  I want my students to have lots of experience with quality video.  I've heard over and over again from my students that they enjoy watching video for entertainment, but they don't really know how to watch video to learn. So I know part of my work is helping them to read video.  I think lots of kids pick up bits of info when they are watching for entertainment, but finding good informational videos for kids is sometimes a challenge.  Short videos that are crafted well so that kids can learn information as well as study the video for the craft are things I am always on the lookout for.

Recently I noticed that Jaclyn Friedlander, a Marine Life and Ocean Conservation Expert has been adding weekly video episodes to her blog. (I interviewed Jaclyn on our blog about her picture books a while back.)

The Friends with Fins videos are PERFECT for my students. They are short, engaging and packed with lots of fascinating information.  Many connect to our science standards and I'll watch them a bit more closely to see which align with our science standards.  So much of our life science is about habitats and animal adaptations and so much information connected to that is embedded in these videos.

I also plan to use the videos in Reading Workshop as we think about learning from video clips. And I will use them in writing workshop as they will be great mentor texts for informational writing. They are crafted well and there is lots to study as a writer/moviemaker.  The way that Jaclyn shares information is accessible to young learners.  There are so many possibilities for these videos.  I like them individually, but the collection of the videos on the site provides so even more to learn from.  Not only are these a great link to science standards, but Jaclyn is passionate about ocean conservation and uses her blog and social media to spread that message.

Jaclyn plans to add a video most weeks to the site will continue to grow.  (All of the videos are also available on her Youtube Channel as well. And her books are now available as Kindle or iPad versions.

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19. HarperCollins Debuts Agent Portal

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20. IBM’s Watson Can Analyze Your Writing for Emotion

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21. Miami Vice: Remix, Knight Rider and Airwolf Now on comiXology

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22. Scribd Adjusts Catalog to Adapt Business Model

E-book subscription site Scribd has been making changes to its catalog to help maintain its business model, which pays publishers a retail-like model for books every time they are read.

The company revealed last week that it is cutting down the number of romance and erotica titles available in its all-you-can-read subscription service. Trip Adler, Scribd CEO, told WIRED, \"In general, the model has worked well, but in some genres, particularly the romance genre, it hasn’t worked out with a huge number of titles.”

Mark Coker, the CEO of Smashwords, a massive self-publishing site which supplies many romance titles to Scribd lamented the decision. In a blog post, Coker suggested that Scribd adopt a tiered pricing model to support these avid romance readers.

In the meantime, Scribd is continuing to expand its list. This week, Scribd revealed that it has doubled its inventory of Macmillan titles from 1,000 to 2,000 books in the catalog.


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23. Author’s Guild Wants to Update Piracy Takedown Rules

The Author’s Guild has sent a letter to Congress seeking to update the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Notice and Takedown provisions to make it more manageable for authors to fight book piracy.

As it stands, when a book is pirated, “a copyright owner is required to send a notice for each separate instance (i.e., copy) of infringement, specifying the URL,” explains the Guild. “But as soon as a pirated copy is taken down, it is usually put right back up. Needless to say, copyright owners cannot keep up with this senseless game, and individual authors do not begin to have the resources to send a new notice every time a pirated copy is posted or reposted.”

The Guild is seeking a \"Notice and Stay-Down\" approach instead, which would mean that “once a webhost knows a work is being infringed, it should not continue to receive ‘safe harbor’ immunity from claims of infringement unless it takes reasonable measures to remove all infringing copies of the same work,” explains the Guild.


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24. between organic nature and digital images

digitally processed images after photos I took of some seeds i grew into a frame & glass, and after I took them off it.

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25. New Book Club Launched on Reddit

Armada Cover (GalleyCat)A new book club has been launched for the reddit community. The first selection will be Ernest Cline’s latest novel, Armada.

According to the announcement, a discussion thread will be made available at the reddit/r/books page. Cline has agreed to participate in two AMA sessions.

The first one will take place on July 14 (the publication date of the book). The second one has been scheduled for August 31.

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