Wednesday News: Facebook, serials, and Book Marks
Facebook tests more discreet notifications, instead of tagging friends – So apparently Facebook understands that users are frustrated at the way they have to so broadly share posts, testing a new feature that lets users tag only a few friends, which would also allow for smaller, more controlled conversations, as well:
Instead of tagging friends in the post or in the comments section, you can click this new link, then choose those friends you want to alert. This will send them a notification as before. But, unlike with being tagged on posts, the content isn’t directed to your profile page where it either goes live or into moderation, depending on your privacy settings.
Meanwhile, by eliminating the need to tag friends in the post comments – something that’s often done when you find something you want to share with a specific friend, such as an event announcement, for example, or a news item – the comments section will be cleaned up, too. – TechCrunch
You May Soon Binge Books Just Like You Binge Netflix – I actually had to double check the date on this article to make sure it wasn’t two or three years old. So traditional publishing has finally discovered the appeal of serial fiction? Wait, how can this even be new to mainstream publishing, when all we see these days are book series? I’m confused.
Genre fiction, like TV, increasingly depends upon serialized long-arc storytelling; it’s rare these days to see a science-fiction or fantasy novel that isn’t part of a trilogy (or longer). Yet, the book world historically has been unable to match the comparatively rollicking pace of television.
But publishing company Farrar Straus and Giroux believes the TV model can lend momentum to a book series. In a move that takes as much from Victorian novels as from limited-run Netflix series, the publisher’s FSG Originals imprint is experimenting with serialized fiction. After releasing Lian Hearn’s fantasy novel Emperor of the Eight Islands in late April, FSG Originals will offer the three remaining books in her Tale of Shikanoko tetralogy—including Autumn Princess, Dragon Child, out today—before the end of September. – Wired
LitHub Launches Book Marks, a Rotten Tomatoes for Books – Speaking of mainstream publishing catching up to popular trends, Literary Hub (a broad partnership among many different booksellers and publishers) seems to be trying to launch a Goodreads-type service. One big difference (and thus the reference to Rotten Tomatoes) is that existing reviews will be collected on Book Marks, and will yield an overall “score” for any given book. Sooo… a higher brow Amazon?
“Book Marks will help readers find books they will love by giving them access to the critical discourse that is an essential part of our ecosystem,” LitHub executive editor John Freeman said in an announcement.
The book reviews come from over 70 outlets—when a book garners more than three reviews, they are aggregated on the site. The Book Marks staff assigns letter grades based on the criticism, which are then published as an average score. – Observer