Tuesday Midday Links: Scribd Launches New Reading App with Dear Author Featured
One of the things I did at RWA was meet with industry people. Okay that’s all I did but I actually got something accomplished besides doing interviews. I met with Anne Watters Westpheling from Scribd and she shared with me their new App. It’s called Float and it’s designed to bring together your social media platforms like facebook, twitter, blogs, and other reading content into one unified place.
Many publishers have signed with them to allow 20% previews of the upcoming releases and those will be available through the app as well. They asked if we wanted to be included and I agreed. There is no money exchanged and basically what it does is reformat the RSS feed of Dear Author into a more pleasing platform. It’s a really nice way to read it. If you want to comment, you’ll have to click on the DA link to come to the site itself, but because you can save posts and because of the nice way that it is formatted to work with your device, it’s probably a more pleasurable reading experience. The iOS app should be available at the end of July and the Android App is due out in October. Let me know if you enjoy it.
Here’s some photos:
There was no bidder for Borders and thus it plans to liquidate. What’s horrible about this isn’t the closing of the stores, but the lay off of over 11,000 employees. The executives appear to be getting some severance plans but there is no word on how Borders and the bankruptcy court will help these employees gain new employment.
Publisher’s Weekly has an article about a new company called Book Lamp which is in beta testing right now. Book Lamp is a recommendation engine that is based on the content and writing style of the author:
The Da Vinci Code, for instance, contains 18.6% Religion and Religious Institutions, 9.4% Police & Murder Investigation, 8.2% Art and Art Galleries, and 6.7% Secret Societies & Communities (among others), according to BookLamp’s engine. The program also catalogs things like denseness and length, all of which allow it to take someone’s favorite book and recommend others like it.
It is. It’s an article I’ve bookmarked because there are so many really wonderful things to ponder in the article. Mayer talks about always trying to better oneself and putting down other artist’s works. He spoke about inspiration and allowing yourself to write bad content. This Q&A could spawn a hundred thoughtful blog posts in a dozen different fields. It truly is inspirational.