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November 4, 2011

In true book nerd fashion, we’ve rounded up our favorite publishing-related links of the week for you! Read on to uncover the best in books this week. If you want to know about these links sooner than Friday afternoon, follow us on Twitter—@GreenleafBookGr.

  • Comic Con, the mother of all fantastical conventions, is being held this weekend on our home turf. This event hosts the latest in anime, comics, graphic novels, manga, toys, and more. Austin Comic Con guest appearances include the actors who played Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and Darth Maul. The Force is strong with this one.
  • Times New Roman and Verdana, be gone! We are happy to welcome new typefaces into the digital world, replacing the web-safe fonts that many Internet users have installed on their computers. The importance of typography has evolved with force in the digital world over the past year, and the method of serving font files online has become increasingly more accessible through the rise of web font services like Google Font API and Typekit. To learn more about Web Typography 101, check out Mashable’s Fontography Series. Cheers to the web font revolution!
  • Swamps of tear gas flooding Oakland streets, protestors in Zuccotti Park, “V for Vendetta” masks—what better material for a coloring book? Publisher Wayne Bell created Occupy: A Grown-up Coloring Book Novel, filled with cartoon interpretations of the chronological happenings in the Occupy protests. Within forty-eight hours of Occupy’s publication, the book has sold more than a thousand copies.
  • There were acquisitions galore at HarperCollins this week. Within a mere seven days, they bought Newmarket Press, the publishing industry’s leader in film-related books, and Thomas Nelson, a major player in religious-themed titles. Newmarket will now find its titles under It Books imprint, run by executive editor Esther Margolis, “a highly respected veteran of both publishing and the film industries, with unparalleled relationships with countless studios and filmmakers,” according to It Books publisher Cal Morgan. Whether Thomas Nelson will combine with Zondervan, Harper Collins’ leading religious division, is still up for negotiation until the end of the year.
  • National Novel Writing Month is here, and YOU can participate. The annual novel-writing project runs November 1 through November 30, and was created to challenge contestants to write 50,000 words of a new novel. Bear in mind, you can turn in an unfinished novel and be golden as long as you meet the word-count criteria. The University Book Store Press in Seattle will publish the best novel written during NaNoWriMo by a Washington author.
  • The age of social media can seem like a daunting time to give an engaging presentation. Your audience is most likely armed with the latest iPhone, ready to stream criticism via Twitter to real-time listeners. But don’t let the tweets give you cold feet. To give a kick-ass presentation in light of the massive amounts of user-generated content, take into account these new rules published by Fast Company.
  • A new development in e-reading this week: Welcome Kindle Lending Library, Amazon’s program that allows Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, and Kindle Fire owners to “borrow” one ebook per month for free. Make sure to read the fine print—you must sign up for an Amazon Prime account and cough up the $79 annual membership fee.
  • Google just never quits. Not only did the search engine give us the fabulous barrel roll trick this week, they also found some time to update their search algorithm. The update seeks to improve the timeliness of search results, ranking newer articles higher in the pool than outdated posts for search terms that encompass recent events or news. TechCrunch reports that Google’s algorithm update impacts 35 percent of searches.
  • Are you “passionate” about “empowering” others? Believe you can play a “unique” “role” at your company? Consider your company increasing its “transparency” an “iconic” moment? Think again. No, please—think again. The words in quotes are all business buzzwords that need to die, according to Fast Company.

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