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Ebook news digest: podcasts for writers, future of news reporting, ebook service with 1 million paying customers

2019-02-01

News on ebooks, writing and publishing

woman typing on laptop, wearing headphones. photo by Christina Morillo.
Scribd has more than one million paying subscribers for ebooks

Scribd is a service that lets you read ebooks, listen to audiobooks, and read some magazines for a monthly fee of 9 dollars. I have subscribed to the service, and liked the selection of books, and the recommendation feature that gives ideas what to read next. Now, Scribd has more than 1 million readers who pay for access to its vast library.

Eight Podcasts for Writers and Book Authors

Daily Writing Tips has put together a list of podcasts they like to listen to. Finding good podcasts that are educational and enjoyable to listen to often takes time, but perhaps this list may save your time. I have listened to some of the podcasts mentioned in the article, and from the ones that I know, I can recommend Joanna Penn’s podcast for writers who want to learn more about their trade.

Five Things Everybody Needs to Know about the Future of Journalism

Reuters Institute in collaboration with the University of Oxford has published a comprehensive report on the current state and the trends that are shaping journalism. People are reading and sharing news more than ever but many news organizations have difficulties with generating enough revenue from their journalism. The finger points to the mighty platform companies that have managed to get the full attention of large audiences.

Sights and fiestas of Valencia, Spain

The new Klaava Travel Guide focuses on one of the most exciting Spanish cities: Valencia. The city is the host of one of the biggest festivities in Spain, known as Fallas, in March. Plenty of tourists from North and South America and Europe arrive in Valencia to tour the sights and to join the party in the historic city center.

Photo Gallery: Seven Beautiful Bookstores in Asia

We have seen many beautiful bookshops in Europe that often are located in amazing old buildings. When bookshelves and books are carefully placed in these environments, the objects create an idyllic interior for an old building. Nextshark has collected a photo gallery of bookstores in Asia that – unlike in Europe – are modern, and beautiful.

How to Avoid Seven Travel Writing Mistakes Beginners Tend to Make

Travel writer Roy Stevenson gives seven valuable lessons for aspiring travel writers. Every genre of writing has its own etiquette and customs. This article highlights the ones that are common in travel media – especially magazines, online publications – that beginners may be unaware of.

sample page from Valencia, Spain travel guide

Making books out of podcasts

2017-07-03

Podcasts are audio talk shows typically saved MP3 format on the Internet. You download a podcast on your phone, tablet or PC and listen to it, and that’s about it. Seung Tae Oh saw much more potential in podcasts than simple listening to the audio program. Oh designed a book, or box set, for a few popular podcasts.

Seung Tae Oh, podcast book
For instance, Serial is a podcast that discusses a murder case that took place in Baltimore in 1999. A season consists of 12 episodes, and has to be listened to from the first to the last sequentially.

One book, or box set, for the Serial podcast includes one season. The book comes with a speaker, images that complement the listening experience, and sheets of paper with RFID tags.

When you want to listen to an episode, you pick up the sheet for the particular episode and insert it into the sleeve. The RFID automatically triggers the playing of the podcast episode in question.

It is a design project, but could be a product. Vinyl music albums have gradually returned to music shops and people still have large collections of paper books and movie DVDs. Having a physical object on a bookshelf is important for some people, and then, of course, there are collectors who may collect practically anything. Old books are one of the most common collectors’ items. Why not start collecting podcasts?

Seung Tae Oh, box set podcast

Via TNW.