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Digital publishing community Wattpad has created several infographics exploring reading habits around Valentine’s Day.
One graphic reveals that 9 percent of readers read a romance on the holiday last year. Another breaks out smut versus romance. Another breaks down reading behaviors by state.
We have the series of graphics for you after the jump.
Do you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend?
The New York Public Library team created a map of fictional romances set in New York City. According to the organization’s blog post, a group of book experts shared some of “their favorite romantic scenes that take place in the city.”
This interactive map features several well-known spots such as The Museum of Natural History, The Strand bookstore, and the 7 train. Some of the books that provided these locations include The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Follow this link to view the map.
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Dynamite Entertainment has established a new partnership with Humble Bundle. The two collaborators will offer a deal called the “Best-Selling Authors Bundle.”
Customers can choose between the publisher or a non-profit as the recipient of their money. They will have three charity options: the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Doctors Without Borders (a.k.a. Médecins Sans Frontières), and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Here’s more from the press release: “The ‘pay what you want’ model offers readers the chance to unlock over 120 comics, and over 3,500 pages of content. This will give graphic lit fans access to: Charlaine Harris’ Grave Sight Part 1 by Charlaine Harris, The Shadow Vol 1: Fire of Creation by Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thomson: Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs, The Complete Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, and John Reppion, Sherlock Holmes: Year One by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Scott Beatty, The Spider Vol. 1: Terror of the Zombie Queen by David Liss and Francesco Francavilla, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Echoes by Tom Clancy. As the bundle progresses, there will be a running average.”
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has launched a new young adult literature-themed website called Riveted. The creatives behind this venture plan to feature lists, articles, quizzes, videos, giveaways, news pieces, and behind-the-scenes information.
Some of the writers who have signed on to contribute content includes Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, and Scott Westerfeld. To launch this website, the Riveted team will host a community “binge reading” of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.
Here’s more from the press release: “Leading up to the March release of the next installment of the Shadowhunters Chronicles, Lady Midnight, members from the editorial board will host live video chats every Friday to discuss the week’s #TMIBingeRead. In addition, the site will feature original content such as DIY videos on how to get the perfect book character-inspired hair, “word of the week” videos, and exclusive serialized bonus stories.” Click here to watch a video to learn more about the binge reading event.
Google Creative Lab in Australia has teamed up with London-based publishing company Visual Editions to create Editions at Play, a new digital bookstore featuring “books that cannot be printed.”
These experimental new titles are designed for mobile phones. Here is more from the Visual Editions website:
Editions At Play is a website aimed at book lovers, tech geeks and design peeps. We sell unprintable books that you can read on your phone. It’s a response to the world of digital books, e-books, enhanced e-books, and online PDFs. Because quite frankly we believe readers deserve more. So why not make digital books that are more bookish. And more delightful. And even magical.
The store launches with two new titles: Entrances & Exits by Reif Larsen which is set inside Google Street View; and The Truth About Cats & Dogs by Joe Dunthorne and Sam Riviere.
Oxford University Press has created an infographic called Shakespeare’s Reading List.
The infographic explores early national literacy rates in England; the production costs of bookmaking; along with the writers that influenced Shakespeare.
We’ve got the entire infographic for you to explore after the jump.
The organizers behind the Reddit Book Club has named The Ables by Jeremy Scott as the February 2016 pick.
Scott self-published this novel back in May 2015. He has agreed to participate in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with this online community on Feb. 29.
In the past, this book club has read Armada by Ernest Cline, The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. What books would you recommend for future selections?
Looking for some romance novels to read this month?
Unplag.com, a plagiarism detection engine, has created an infographic called, “Famous Love Stories Endings: The Great Spoiler for Valentine’s Day,” that explores the endings of 18 romantic stories that might give you some ideas.
We’ve got the entire graphic after the jump.
Activist Michael Best is trying to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to publish a vault of previously declassified documents stored in the CIA’s vault.
“Accessing the information isn’t easy,” explains Best in his appeal. “Researchers trying to look up on the National Archive’s website where to access the computers, won’t find it on the page about doing research at that location or on the page for electronic records at that location. That information is tucked away on the page for online databases – despite not being online.”
Best’s plan is to overcome this byzantine structure and scan and upload as much of the database as he can. This includes 700,000 files and 11,000,000 pages. He will then publish these documents for free online and make them searchable, and available in PDF and Kindle formats.
Artist Chris Riddell has created a Christmas gift for the world. He took it upon himself to draw some illustrations for a Neil Gaiman short story called “Nicholas Was…”
Follow this link to see a digital album with all 11 of Riddell’s artistic pieces. Gaiman describes the piece as a “heartwarming Christmas story” in a Facebook post. Readers will find this piece within the 1998 anthology, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions.
In the past, Riddell has illustrated the U.K. editions of Gaiman’s children’s books. He has also created illustrations for one of Gaiman’s poems, “Locks,” and his “artist’s creed.” Riddell’s daughter, Katy, also followed in her father’s footsteps by producing illustrations for a Gaiman short story called “Babycakes.”
Shelfie, the app that let users snap a picture of their print books to download an e-book edition, is now offering audiobooks.
The company recently partnered with audiobook distributor Findaway, to offer audiobook bundles to readers. Participating publishers include: Blackstone Audio, Gildan Media, Hachette Audio, HarperAudio, Naxos Audiobooks and Scholastic Audio. The deal brings titles from authors including: Joe Hill, Harper Lee, Chris Kyle, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins, Haruki Murakami, Nicholas Sparks and David Baldacci.
The reader must take a photo of their print book with their name written on their book’s copyright page to access audiobook (and e-book) editions of participating titles.
Filmkollektiv Frankfurt hopes to raise $4,403 on Kickstarter for the first book on pioneering Nigerian filmmaker Ola Balogun.
The book, Magic of Nigeria – On the Cinema of Ola Balogun, will explore the filmic work of the Nigerian film director whose 10 films made between 1972 and 1982 were very influential in Nigerian filmmaking. Nollywood is one of the largest film industries in the world. According to Fortune, Nigeria’s film business rakes in $3 billion a year. The industry produces more movies by volume than Hollywood and is second only to India’s Bollywood.
If funded, the publication will feature a biographical essay written by Balogun’s wife and long-time collaborator Françoise Balogun, as well as essays analyzing Balogun’s contributions to African cinema by Olaf Möller, Jonathan Haynes and Nikolaus Perneczky. In addition, the book will include a photo gallery with many previously unpublished images, as well as a detailed filmography.
A new feature piece has been published on Pottermore called “The Sad History of Merope Gaunt.” This minor character from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has become well-known as the mother of the antagonist, Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Lord Voldemort).
SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more, you should stop reading now!
Here’s an excerpt from the post: “It might be argued that Voldemort grew up devoid of love because his mother died for want of it, and that his father’s love was stolen rather than earned. Perhaps if he’d had any understanding of the difference between genuine love and the kind that you compel, Voldemort might have had a better grasp of its power.”
In the past, Rowling has written essays on singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck, the Dursleys, and the symbolism behind Albus Dumbledore and Rubeus Hagrid’s names. Which character from the Harry Potter universe would you like to learn more about?
The New York Public Library is making high resolution images from its digital collection available for free download from its site for the first time.
NYPL’s Digital Collections website has access to more than 180,000 public domain photographs, manuscripts, scrolls, personal letters and maps. In addition, to the image update, the organization is improving its metadata to make it easier for researchers to find these digital assets.
The library is hoping that people will use this content to create their own and has also launched a new Remix Residency program. Check it out:
Administered by the Library’s digitization and innovation team, NYPL Labs, the residency is intended for artists, information designers, software developers, data scientists, journalists, digital researchers, and others to make transformative and creative uses of digital collections and data,and the public domain assets in particular. Two projects will be selected, receiving financial and consultative support from Library curators and technologists.
Neil Gaiman posted a fan fiction story about David Bowie on his website.
Gaiman shared the piece shortly after the passing of the beloved rock star. According to his Facebook announcement, he wrote it “to illustrate some beautiful Yoshitaka Amano images of Bowie and Iman.”
The short story, entitled The Return of The Thin White Duke, can also be found in Gaiman’s short fiction collection, Trigger Warning. Click on this link to read the full piece. Follow this link to hear the author read a portion of the story.
Thirty-three libraries in the U.S. circulated at least one million e-books each in 2015, according to new metrics released by the digital book distribution company OverDrive.
The research revealed that e-book library checkouts grew in 2015, as compare to 2014. According to the report, public library readers borrowed more than 169 million digital assets, which includes e-books, audiobooks, digital periodicals and video streaming. This number was up 24 percent over 2014. Digital audiobook downloads saw the greatest spike with a 36 percent increase over the prior year.
Toronto Public Library circulated more than 2 million e-books during the year, up 31 percent year-over-year. Library System in Washington State and the New York Public Library each circulated more than 2 million e-books during the year.
Many years ago, Alan Rickman chatted with J.K. Rowling to learn more about Severus Snape, a character he would play for a decade in the Harry Potter film franchise. In a goodbye letter that Rickman wrote to honor the conclusion of the movie series (published in Empire magazine back in 2011), his conversation with Rowling contained “one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume.”
In his lifetime, Rickman never divulged the details about that clue. Recently, in light of the actor’s passing, one Twitter user asked Rowling what exactly she told him that convinced him to become the Hogwarts Potions Master. According to Vanity Fair, the Harry Potter series author shared that she told him “what lies behind the word ‘always.'”
People Magazine reports that like so many within the Harry Potter community, Rowling has been mourning Rickman. She posted a message on Twitter to express her devastation and sadness that “we have all lost a great talent.” Below, we’ve collected several relevant tweets in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via International Business Times)
Have you ever imagined E. H. Shepard, the illustrator behind A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh series, drawing his own version of Star Wars? James Hance, an artist, has tackled this challenge.
According to Bored Panda, “Hance’s illustrations reimagine Chewbacca as Pooh Bear and Eeyore as an Imperial Walker.” Some of the pieces can be found for sale at Hance’s Etsy shop.
In addition to artwork, Hance has actually written and produced an audiobook entitled Wookie the Chew: The House at Chew Corner. Click here to download a free digital copy.
Children’s book publisher Scholastic is hoping to get kids excited about the presidential election and has launched a new site dedicated to the event.
The 2016 Presidential Election was created by the editors of Scholastic News magazines. The site includes candidate cards with factsheets on the varying candidates, as well as an election tracker map that will be updated with primary and caucus results. The site will also feature original campaign trail reporting from kids in the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.
The publisher will add polls to the site where kids can participate in the Scholastic Student Vote mock-election, as the election gets closer.
Reddit has published a collection of its Ask Me Anything sessions.
Ask Me Anything (A collection of Reddit’s best from r/IAmA Volume 1), is a 400-page collection featuring excerpts from many of the site’s digital interviews with prominent people. The book contains digital question and answer sessions that ran on the site from the likes of Barack Obama, Madonna, Bill Gates and Buzz Aldrin.
While the majority of readers gave the book a good Amazon review, the $35 tome has gotten some backlash from user reviews, many of whom complained about the price and the formatting.
The New York Times launched its website 20 years ago today.
To celebrate, the multimedia publication has put together a timeline of its digital history. From its early days as a portal on American Online to the debut podcasts of The New York Times Book Review, you can browse the Times’ digital properties through the last two decades at this link.
The collection allows you to zoom in on different years and browse through the publication’s homepages and listen to audio recordings. You can also read redesign news stories from across the two decades and reminisce about what the Times’ 1990s homepage looked like.
If your goal is to read more books this year, it might help to create a reading list.
To help you keep track of all of the books that you want to read and to have a central repository to add new books to the list, we’ve made a list of apps that can help you build your reading.
3 Apps for Creating Reading Lists
1. Goodreads: “Use our barcode scanner the next time you are in a bookstore. Add the book in your hands to your “to-read” shelf and browse reviews before buying.”
2. Reading List: “Reading List is a quick, useful app that will help you track your books and get back to reading.”
3. To Read: “A simple, lightweight list to keep track of the books you want to read.”
Harvard Law School is digitizing its entire collection of U.S. case law and making it available for free online, the first time such a collection is available to the public.
The library is one of the largest collections of legal materials in the world, second only to the Library of Congress. It contains more than 40,000 books with about 40 million court decisions from both the federal government and each of the 50 states. The university has been building the collection for 200 years.
The “Free the Law” initiative is supported by Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics platform. “Driving this effort is a shared belief that the law should be free and open to all,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “Using technology to create broad access to legal information will help create a more transparent and more just legal system.”
Macmillan Publishers’ Quick and Dirty Tips Network has released the 500th episode of its weekly podcast Grammar Girl.
The show features grammar and writing tips from bestselling author Mignon Fogarty. Since it’s launch in 2007, the show counts 64 million downloads worldwide. The Grammar Girl brand has published seven books including Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.
“The Grammar Girl podcast has become synonymous with quality education. The show has helped millions of students,writers, educators, and others master the English language and improve their communications,” said Kathy Doyle, senior director of the network.
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ABRAMS has established a new partnership with Humble Bundle. All six of Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda books have been made available in a special eBook package.
Buyers can choose between the publisher or a non-profit as the recipient of their payment. They have two options: Doctors Without Borders (a.k.a. Médecins Sans Frontières) or a second charity that will receive the money through the PayPal Giving Fund.
Here’s more from the press release: “Customers can pay what they want for The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, and Darth Paper Strikes Back. Customers who pay $15 receive all of that plus Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus and Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue.”