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20 bad Internet behaviors – and how to fix them

It would be impossible to describe all the bad things about the internet. Hackers, viruses, scams, and many other dangerous things loom online. It’s our job to protect ourselves as best as we can. Unfortunately, many internet users are negligent and careless when it comes to their security online. Doing a little online shopping while using free public Wi-Fi. Downloading files from sketchy websites. And, of course, creating easy-to-guess passwords, because “no one is interested in hacking my accounts.” There’s no way you can justify these risky actions. So here’s a helpful list of top 20 bad online habits you should change ASAP. Anna Rasmussen Mar 21, 2021 · 7 min readFacebookTwitterCopy link Contents Breaking bad online habits (and Read More

Book sales increasing through pandemic, March showing huge surge

Dublin, March 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ResearchAndMarkets.com published a new article on the book store industry "Book Stores - Unit sales of print books increased nearly 25% year over year during the week ended January 2"Unit sales of print books increased nearly 25% year over year during the week ended January 2As a result of the pandemic more customers turned to online platforms like Amazon to buy books in 2020. The demand for print books increased as a result of lockdowns and the move to learning from home. Print book sales rose in 2020 to the highest level since 2010, according to the NPD Bookscan. Unit Sales volume for print books rose 8.2% year over year in 2020 to reach 751 million units. Every category posted gains, led by juvenile fiction print books, which Read More

The Cornwall a-book: An Augmented Travel Guide Using Next Generation Paper

David M. Frohlich, Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh Mirek Bober, Haiyue Yuancentre Radu Sporea, Brice Le Borgne Caroline Scarles George Revill, Jan van Duppen Alan W. Brown, Megan Beynonsurrey ABSTRACT Electronic publishing usually presents readers with book or e-book options for reading on paper or screen. In this paper, we introduce a third method of reading on paper-and-screen through the use of an augmented book (‘a-book’) with printed hotlinks than can be viewed on a nearby smartphone or other device. Two experimental versions of an augmented guide to Cornwall are shown using either optically recognised pages or embedded electronics making the book sensitive to light and touch. We refer to these as second generation (2G) and third generation (3G) Read More

Cyber Monday Deals

Deals are good from Midnight Sunday, November 29th, 2020 until Midnight Tuesday, December 1st 2020 Deals are limited and all deals must be used between now and December 31st, 2021 Read More

Publishers Are Taking the Internet to Court

In a lawsuit against the Internet Archive, the largest corporations in publishing want to change what it means to own a book. By Maria Bustillos SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 When Covid-19 struck, hundreds of millions of students were suddenly stranded at home without access to teachers or libraries. UNESCO reported that in April, 90 percent of the world’s enrolled students had been adversely affected by the pandemic. In response, the Internet Archive’s Open Library announced the National Emergency Library, a temporary program suspending limits on the number of patrons who could borrow its digital books simultaneously. The Open Library lends at no charge about 4 million digital books, 2.5 million of which are in the public domain, and 1.4 million of which may be under copyright and Read More

Book Publishers Warn Congress Amazon Is Too Powerful

By Matthew Gault Three of the publishing industry's largest groups have sent a letter to Congress warning of Amazon’s power in the industry. Representatives from the publishers told Congress that Amazon has too much power and is engaging in anti-competitive market behavior that has made it a de facto monopoly in the publishing world. “Amazon’s scale of operation and share of the market for book distribution has reached the point that no publisher can afford to be absent from its online store,” members of the Association of American Authors, the Author’s Guild, and The American Booksellers Association said in a letter to Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the Chairman of Congress’ Antitrust Subcommittee. The letter was signed by Maria Pallante, President and CEO of the Asso Read More

Publishing Leaders Issuing Warning over Amazon’s Market Power

By Jim Milliot | Aug 18, 2020 Courtesy Amazon Amazon Books in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Three of publishing’s most important organizations have teamed up to write a letter to the chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee investigating the market power of Big Tech to press their case that, over the last several years, Amazon’s growing dominance over book publishing and bookselling has fundamentally altered the competitive framework of the industry. If Amazon’s power is left unchecked, the letter continues, competition within publishing could diminish even more. In a joint letter to Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Maria Pallante, president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, Mary Rasenberger, executive director of the Authors Guild, and Allison Hill, Read More

The Poetry of Science — Discover

On The Poetry of Science, Sam Illingworth translates cutting-edge scientific research into poems, bridging the science/humanities gap along the way. via The Poetry of Science — Discover Read More

Surrounded: How Books Are Keeping Me Going in Quarantine — Causeway Lit

My name is Marina, and I’m addicted to books. They’re everywhere. I stack them anywhere there is an open space. My closet holds more books than clothes. Books serve as stands for mirrors, lamps, and jewelry stands. A bench I expected to refurbish years ago has become a makeshift bookcase, with books of all kinds […] via Surrounded: How Books Are Keeping Me Going in Quarantine — Causeway Lit Read More

What I’ve Been Reading — Kelly Jensen

The #WritersRead theme for April was banned books. I chose to read Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. It’d been on my Kindle for a while, so this was a good opportunity to check it out. I’d imagine the reason this book appears on so many banned lists is right there in the title. Two […] via What I’ve Been Reading — Kelly Jensen Read More

PW’s Top News Stories of 2019

By Jim Milliot | Jan 03, 2020   Big changes in the bookselling landscape were the subject of several of the industry’s top stories in 2019, along with publishers’ relationships with different partners. 1. Elliott Advisors Buys Barnes & Noble; Daunt Named CEO After struggling for several years to find ways to boost the bookstore chain’s sales and to improve its bottom line, B&N’s board of directors approved the sale of the company to private equity firm Elliott Advisors in a deal worth $683 million. The transaction didn’t come without some drama, as another company—widely believed to be ReaderLink—was working to make a counteroffer. In the end, the B&N committee charged with evaluating all offers voted in favor of the Elliott cash deal, believing i Read More

Marketing your book with FB

written by Book Cave To sell books, you need to find more readers. Spreading the word about your ebook can be challenging, but there are a lot of ways you can promote yourself and promote your ebook on Facebook. 1. Set up landing pages to link to from your Facebook posts When people see and click on your promotion Facebook posts, you want to take them to a page on your website that will encourage them to buy your books or signup for your newsletter. That page needs to be attractive, well-designed, and have a call to action (like links to buy the books or a signup button). 2. Create an author page You're limited on what you can do with Facebook if you're just using your personal Facebook profile. We recommend setting up an official author page so you can more easily promote your ebook on Read More

Third-Party Sellers on Amazon Are Outselling Amazon

Don't feel bad for Amazon, though, because the company makes huge amounts of money regardless. Chandra Steele   Any reality-TV contestant will tell you that being too good at something is going to make you massively unpopular. Downplaying your wins is the way to go if you want to mitigate the chances that a target will be placed on your back. Amazon seems fully aware of this tactic with Jeff Bezos' most recent shareholder letter, which stated: ""Third-party sellers are kicking our first-party butt. Badly." The company just doesn't seem to know it's already the villain of the retail show. Amazon's deflection to look at third-party sales, which have grown from $0.1 billion in 1999 to $160 billion in 2018 according to the numbers Bezos released, doesn't tell the whole story. T Read More

Academic Piracy – Where are we now?

Academic Piracy - Where are we now?  Written by Matthew Jones In 2018, e-book piracy websites received over 800 million visits; a number expected to rise by at least a third in 2019. The scale of piracy in academic publishing is staggering, yet one would be excused for assuming it a mere annoyance to publishers. Inevitability haunts any discussion of piracy in the industry and pervades even the most pragmatic. With one in four students admitting that they regularly pirate academic content, the issue cannot be ignored. Publishers have begun to feel the financial squeeze. Academic publishers, on average, lose over 28% of their potential revenue to piracy. Despite the well-publicized inflation of textbook prices (847% in the past 30 years – Economist, 2014), NACS recently reported a 31% Read More

Why Angry Librarians Are Going to War With Publishers Over E-Books

By HEATHER SCHWEDEL If I wanted to borrow A Better Man by Louise Penny—the country’s current No. 1 fiction bestseller—from my local library in my preferred format, e-book, I’d be looking at about a 10-week waitlist. And soon, if the book’s publisher, a division of Macmillan, has its way, that already-lengthy wait time could get significantly longer. In July, Macmillan announced that come November, the company will only allow libraries to purchase a single copy of its new titles for the first eight weeks of their release—and that’s one copy whether it’s the New York Public Library or a small-town operation that’s barely moved on from its card catalog. This has sparked an appropriately quiet revolt. Librarians and their allies quickly denounced the decision when it c Read More

Marketing Tips For The Holidays

Set up book signings at coffee shops and have a drawing for a free coffee gift card. Set up book signings at department stores and make your display festive. Contact books clubs, offer them a free book for every 10 books they buy, and offer the head of the book club a free gift card (something to match the holiday season). Make sure you provide them a list of 10 prompts that they can discuss. Social Media - count down to Christmas by posting a paragraph or two that will hook the audience into buying the book - surely they are going to want the whole story! Remember you are a writer - who better to tease the audience regarding your book. Facebook has over 3 billion ACTIVE members - tap into this. If you don't know how, go to fiverr.com or upwork.com and hire someone for as inexpensive Read More

Pre-Holiday Special

Pre-Holiday Special - POD Paperback, Premium eBook, Cover Art, Website, domain, hosting (one year), Press Release and 5 copies of your new title (300 pages or less) $1297.00 <savings of over $400.00> - click here to order now Offer Expires December 15th, 2019 and can be used anytime before December 15th, 2020. Read More

31 Writing Prompts For August 2019

Writers Write is a resource for writers. Use these writing prompts for August 2019 to get you writing. If you want to know how to make the best use your prompts, we suggest you read: All About Writing Prompts & Writing Practice A prompt can be anything: a word, a song title, a name, a myth, a photograph, or a quotation. We hope our 31 prompts for August 2019 inspire you to start a writing routine. By Mia Botha Source: writerswrite.co.za Visit us at First Edition Design Publishing   Read More

Navigating the Changing Face of Book Promotion with Smart, Effective Strategies

Much like the world of publishing, book promotion is constantly changing and with it, so are the services offered by book promotion companies. What may have worked just a few years ago doesn’t have quite the same impact today. I know from experience that the surge of books we see every day in the marketplace has a real effect on how various programs work. Today’s book promotion services are less about what you’re marketing in the moment and more about the foundation you’re creating. So, what’s working in book promotion now? Surprisingly, it’s not at all what you would expect. Let’s take a look: Email Newsletters: While it may seem really basic, unlike social media, email newsletters are an effective way to make a direct connection to your readers. We think of social media a Read More

Walk Like a Dog

I am in a swarm of family and work this summer and even forgot to do my post on Wednesday, which dear Therese forgave. I still had no time to write a new post, thanks to conferences and family and a new book out, but here is an offering–my very first post at Writer Unboxed, dated April 23, 2008. Almost every word is still the same. Different dogs, longer walks, but still the same actions. ——————–   “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” ~Raymond Inmon I am a great believer in walking. Not speed walking or to win some contest; not to conquer or prove anything (although competition, too, can be good for the soul). Just plain old walking. Walking to shake out the tight spots in a body. Walking to fire up Read More