Tag Archives: book town

Ebook news digest: book towns, fake news, EU stops geoblocking, Kindle Lite

2018-04-02

News on ebooks, writing and digital media

bookshop of antique books in Spain
Book Towns Are Made for Book Lovers
Atlas Obscura

Journalist Alex Johnson has written a book titled Book Towns that shows communities across the world that have decided to attract visitors and residents with books. This article has some lovely photos of bookshops.

Why fake news on social media travels faster than the truth
The Guardian

MIT researchers have studied social media platforms as far as 10 years ago, and concluded that fake news really spread faster than real news. They also have some suggestions why it happens. Here is a key reason why books are important for understanding the world: researching, analyzing the data, structuring, and writing a book takes time, and during the process fake and real things reveal themselves.

Travel with your digital subscriptions
EU

In its long term mission to create a single digital market to the European Union countries, April 1 2018 is the day when digital media subscription services must allow access to their media streams from any EU country. No more geoblocking within EU.

1 Billion E-Books Checked Out Via Library Distributor
Forbes

Overdrive has been in business for five years, but has already reached a significant milestone. Since its inception, the company has distributed one billion ebooks to libraries across the world.

Travel Guide to Portugal’s South Coast Algarve
Amazon

It seems that everyone wants to visit Portugal now after the southern European country has won a travel award after travel award for the best beaches, resorts and attractions.

Infographic: A Concise History of Publishing
Ribbonfish

This concise history of publishing starts only from the 20th century, forgetting everything that happened before that, but if you want to be brief, be brief.

Apple’s iPad event took me back to school. What a trip!
Cnet

So Apple introduced a tablet targeted at schools. In principle, it is the normal 9.7-inch iPad but you can buy a touch sensitive stylus (Apple Pencil) that has plenty of additional features. The price of the tablet is competitive, but the Pencil has a wide Apple margin included in the price. For ebook reading, iPad’s screen is one of the best if not the best tablet screen available.

Amazon launches Kindle Lite app for basic smartphones and slower internet connections
Android Authority

A lightweight Kindle ebook reading application for mobile phones that have limited memory space and slow network connection. The Kindle Lite is initially available in India alone, but let’s see if it becomes available in other countries.

Younger viewers now watch Netflix more than the BBC, says corporation
The Guardian

For many years, broadcast television companies were confident of the future. Advertising money was converting from print media to digital and broadcast media. The inevitable, however, is happening: digital media in the form of streaming services is challenging television.

Ebook news digest: literary tourism, digital libraries, ebook cover designs, travel photography kit

2017-07-26

News on ebooks, writing and photography

Luzenac, France, Pyrenees, bookcrossing library
Libraries Gone Digital: 4 Ways Libraries Expand Your Reach As An Author
Digital Book World

Yes, libraries are a good channel for distributing ebooks to readers. An ebook publisher who has the distribution agreements in place (for instance, Klaava Media) can deliver ebooks to libraries. It depends on the individual markets how the revenue models (if any) work.

Literary Tourism: Travel The World’s Book Towns
Bookriot

A book town is any community that has relatively big number of bookshops, and perhaps book related events are organized in town as well. Here is your guide to a few renowned book towns across the world.

5 Excellent eBook Reader Apps for Ubuntu
OMG! Ubuntu

Oh my – what is Ubuntu, you might ask? It is a popular Linux system that you can download and install on your PC to replace whatever operating system (often Windows) your computer is running. Ebook reading applications are available for Ubuntu, but why on earth Calibre is regarded as an excellent ebook application is beyond my understanding what a good app should be.

Your Story #84: Submit Now!
Writer’s Digest

A writing contest where the maximum number of words is 25. Deadline August 21.

Gothenburg and Sweden’s West Coast
Klaava Travel Guide

Sweden’s West Coast near Gothenburg is where the Swedes like to spend their summer vacations. After July, when they have gone back to work, there is room for us as well. Worth a visit. The guidebook tells more about the region.

Best kit for travel photography
Amateur Photographer

A travel photography kit for serious amateur photographers.

e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2017
The Book Designer

Ebook Cover Design Awards have been chosen in fiction and nonfiction categories. Take a look at the winning cover designs.

Forget George Eliot: now it’s male authors disguising their sex to sell more books
The Guardian

J.K. Rowling used initials on purpose, because the wisdom was that women authors wouldn’t sell as well as men authors. Well, the tide may have changed as the article points out.

This poet is writing one million letters to strangers
Metro

One million poems is plenty of work, but that’s what a young poet has set out to do. If you want a poem from her, the article has an email address where the poet receives requests.