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Ebook news digest: book publishing myths, also writers need to rest, Barnes & Noble wants cheaper paperbacks

2018-06-03

News on ebooks, writing and publishing

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10 Myths Most People Believe About Writing & Publishing
ToughNickel

These points are so true. I would like to know how have these myths been born? Wait, maybe that is an idea for a book?

Why You Need Time Away from the Computer
ProWritingAid

“Scientific American also reports that the default mode network (a circuit in the brain that comes to life when people daydream) is “more active than is typical in especially creative people… some studies have demonstrated that the mind obliquely solves tough problems while daydreaming.” I couldn’t agree more with the article’s recommendations to read, travel or exercise instead of always working.

Riggio Rallies Booksellers at BookExpo: ‘Open More Stores Than We Close’
Publishing Perspectives

Len Riggio, the chief of the great American bookstore chain Barnes & Noble, gave a speech at the BookExpo 2018 conference in New York, and claimed that the company is opening more bookstores than it is closing. He also had a direct message to print book publishers: lower the prices of massmarket paperbacks.

Travel Writing 101
FundsforWriters

The article has tips for writers who aim at specializing in travel writing for magazines, newspapers, or online publications.

5 digital privacy rights Europeans now have that Americans don’t
CBS Moneywatch

European Union is showing the way how citizens privacy must be respected online as well. The GDPR regulation is a fundamental change to the take-the-data-and-run approach businesses have treated individuals’ personal data until 25 May 2018. The new regulation will have far-reaching impact, but we must go through the first painful steps first. The GDPR has only little impact on books, but it affects the way books are marketed.

Travel guide to Portugal’s south coast, to the province of Algarve
Download

Portugal’s south coast (the Algarve province) attracts both vacationers who enjoy the sun and the sea for a week or two, but also digital nomads and pensioners who spend the entire winter on one of the coastal towns. The travel guide covers both audiences.

10 new paradigms for digital journalism
ijnet

James Breiner arguments that digital publications – many of which have a history in traditional newspaper or magazine business – should abandon the advertising business model and turn their attention to readers/users who should be the priority customers (instead of advertisers).

National Geographic Has Digitized Its Collection of 6,000+ Vintage Maps: See a Curated Selection of Maps Published Between 1888 and Today
Open Culture

There is something so fascinating with old maps. Drawn by hand, many are accurate even to today’s standards, whereas others are like maps in The Lord of the Rings. Anyhow, plenty of old maps are now available at National Geographic’s archives.

‘Native’ open access publishers propose a new publishing deal
ScienceGuide

EU has set ambitious goals for Open Access policies in academic and scientific publishing. And it is working. Some publishers have dropped prices they charge from institutions.

Ebook news digest: fake facts in writing, long content is coming, overcoming the fear of publishing

2017-11-01

News on ebooks, writing and publishing

laptop on office desk, woman reads newspaper
3 Essential Questions for Every Author
The Book Designer

Only three questions? Easy, you may think. It is not easy, because the author has to dig deep into the meaning and value of his or her book. It is a tough, but essential exercise.

Publishing Myths
Writers and Artists

Excellent article about fake truths that keep popping up in writing blogs and conversations. Juliet Pickering has identified 9 myths that she sets straight. A must read for every aspiring author.

Longer content isn’t wearing audiences out — and they may even be hungry for more, two studies find
NiemanLab

I am very happy to learn about studies that prove the value of long online content. I have always believed that since the Internet doesn’t have restrictions of print, television or radio, it will contribute to something new.

How Logitech’s Universal Keyboard Redefined my Definition of Remote Work
Techpp

I have been using a slim mobile Bluetooth keyboard with my tablet for a year, and I’m happy with it. The article introduces a Bluetooth keyboard that can easily connect to any mobile device or computer nearby. In addition, this Logitech keyboard isn’t expensive. Maybe this is the keyboard for writers who tend to write in bursts whenever and wherever the inspiration hits.

Six Writing Books Librarians Recommend
diyMFA

Most writers have started as avid readers. Here are books that help you take vital steps towards a career as a writer.

The Best of Pattaya, Thailand and the Essentials of Thai Culture
Klaava Travel Guide

The best season for traveling in Southeast Asia is approaching. A guidebook to Pattaya, Thailand shows the best sights, and above all, tells about the local culture.

Kobo’s limited-edition Aura One offers extra storage for a crazy number of books
Digital Trends

Kobo Aura One, a 7.8-inch ereader, has been ranked as the best non-Kindle product by many reviewers. Now, the ereader gets a boost in its storage space.

Travel Writing With Anna McNuff
The Creative Penn

An interview with travel writer Anna McNuff whose latest travel book describes her run across New Zealand. The interview is available both as a podcast and text.

Scared of Becoming an Author? 6 Secrets to Overcoming Publishing Fears
Elephant Journal

A writer’s confidence grows with experience and years of working with words, but in the beginning, publishing an article, not to mention a book, may feel a scary proposal. The article explains how to overcome those fears.

In the hunt for reader revenue, publishers give micropayments another look
Digiday

Micropayments are very small charges, for instance, for reading an article or downloading an essay. This article reports of positive results newspaper and magazine publishers have had recently with micropayments.