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Wednesday News: digital lending, self-publishing, live-tweeting, novel-writing, and bad sex

Wednesday News: digital lending, self-publishing, live-tweeting, novel-writing, and bad sex

“A courageous nonlibrarian named Nelson Wolff set up the BiblioTech project so the all-digital library could loan out hundreds of devices capable of reading e-books. Likewise Judge Wolff, the leading official in the county government, cared about BiblioTech providing technical support to patrons, and his head librarian, Ashley Eklof, is excited about the possibilities of librarians spending more time on patron contact and community outreach. No need for shelving of paper books and related chores. From afar, this strikes me as good old-fashioned librarianship reinvented in the spirit of the Five Laws of Library Science. Books are for use. Not just paper books. Books, period. And the same for other library content and services, including the facilitation of connections between members of the local communities—for example, a virtual book club. “Outreach,” as I see it, can cover a lot, both online and offline.” LibraryCity

“For cover design, developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, print design/formatting, and e-book formatting, I paid approximately $2,500 total,” Mulry says. “At list price of $14.99 (print), I make $4.14 per book via Amazon and $1.14 everywhere else. At list price of $3.99 (digital), I make about $2.80 per unit. I have also retained my literary agency to handle all publicity and marketing, as well as foreign rights and subsidiary rights, so there’s an additional percentage that will be taken off net for them. Therefore, in terms of units, I need to sell close to 1,000 copies before I start earning a profit.” CNN

“Yes, readers often infer that there is symbolism in my work, which I do not intend. My reaction is sometimes annoyance. It is sometimes humorous. It is sometimes even pleasant, indicating that the reader’s mind has collaborated in a creative way with what I have written.” Mental Floss

“Suri wrote: “Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karuns body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.”” The Guardian

Friday News: More digital lending; 24 hour library access; and Noel Gallagher hates books?

Friday News: More digital lending; 24 hour library access; and Noel...

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Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Emerald City Writers’ Conference book fair goes to support DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women’s Network). For 2013, they’ve partnered with Barnes & Noble as the vendor, which means readers who are unable to attend the book fair in person will still be able to have a portion of their purchase go toward DAWN. If a reader purchases a book by a participating author does so either in a B&N store or online, DAWN will receive a donation.

Titles purchased in a Barnes & Noble store from October 19th-October 25th and titles purchased at www.bn.com from October 19th-October 30th will have a portion of the sale donated to DAWN. Enter code 11132172 at time of check out, or mention the code when purchasing in store. Participating authors include Maya Banks, Karen Rose, Robyn Carr, Marie Force, Cecilia Grant, Yasmine Galenorn, Vivian Arend, Tiffany Reisz, and Andrew Shaffer.

For readers in the Seattle area, the fair itself is Saturday, October 19th, from 4:30 – 6:30 in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Hotel.  Open to the public.  For a complete list of participating authors: http://www.gsrwa.org/bookfairInfo.php

“Because people who write and read and review books are f–king putting themselves a tiny little bit above the rest of us who f–king make records and write pathetic little songs for a living.”

So how does he feel about the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, even though he doesn’t seem to know who it is? “What a c—. Whoever that is, has got to be. I don’t get it. Book sellers, book readers, book writers, book owners — f–ck all of them,” says Gallagher. Seriously, book owners? CBA

This does not include the FRONTLIST titles.  The books purchased are good for two years or 52 lends and titles are around $25 per hardcover. lending through OverDrive.