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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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October 28, 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.

  • A CNN study says Generation X is balanced and happy. As much as generational “stereotypes” can drive us all a little bonkers, this is a nice read considering the wrath Generation X has received over the past decade. 
  • The hottest debate in the publishing world: which are better, ebooks or printed books? Let’s get down to the bottom of this. Regardless of sales, is there really a difference? Apple to oranges, or all the same?
  • Steve Jobs, are you watching us? Kat Bailey seems to think so. Bailey created a Watched by Steve blog tribute. Playful memorial, or fanatic fan?
  • Ebooks are still on the rise, claiming a whopping 116% increase in August. “For the first eight months of 2011, ebook sales increased 144.4%, to $649.2 million, from 18 reporting publishers to the AAP monthly statistics program," wrote Publishers Weekly. "Sales were off by double digits in all trade print segments in the January-August period, although sales in the religion category were up 9% in the year to date at the 22 reporting houses.”
  • Is the Nook Color 2 Launching on November 7? TechCrunch seems to think so. Last year this tablet set the standard for enhanced e-readers with its color LCD screen and Android release, but we’ll see if it can compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
  • Theories debunked! We highly enjoyed the Used Furniture Review article “10 Myths About Bookselling.” Myths include “Bookselling Isn’t a Career,” “Bookselling Is a Low-Stress Job,” and “Bookselling is Dead.”
  • Kobo announces an arm in publishing as it signs e-reader sales deal with UK bookstore chain W H Smith. We give kudos to Kobo for their attempt to compete with Amazon in offering complete publishing services for authors.

 

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September 30, 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.

  • Let’s all welcome yet another digital publishing platform into the marketplace this week. BookRiff, a system that allows consumers and publishers to mix and match content from various sources to create their own book, is set to launch on October 6. Have no fear published authors—all original content owners and contributors are ensured to be paid through BookRiff’s services.
  • Lo’ and behold, the Kindle Fire Android was introduced to the masses on Thursday by Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos. For your viewing pleasure, Mashable has embedded the entire 51-minute Amazon Kindle Fire announcement. Will the Kindle Fire give its Apple competitors a run for their money?
  • And just for fun (or not), TechCrunch imagined, "The Future of Books: A Dystopian Timeline," predicting that 2015 will mark "the death of the Mom and Pops. Smaller bookstores will use the real estate to sell coffee and Wi-Fi. Collectable bookstores will still exist in the margins."
  • A new partnership is born: Lulu.com announced on September 27 that it has partnered with the world’s dominating bookseller, Barnes & Noble. “This partnership is another step in our passionate efforts to help Lulu creators reach more readers and sell more books”, says Bob Young, Founder and CEO of Lulu.
  •  If you haven’t already checked it out, take a look this year’s shortlisted books for the Man Booker Prize. Winners of the prize will look forward to a life of worldwide recognition and a place in English literature’s history. Who will take the medal this year?
  •  “I’m listening to the band LCD Soundsystem on an Internet music service called Spotify. Because I’ve updated my Facebook page and because I’ve logged in to Spotify with my Facebook identity, every song I listen to is automatically shared to Facebook. Suddenly, my listening experience isn’t private. It’s public.” Sound scary? Facebook seems to have taken a mind of its own with ‘real-time’ apps. Users beware.
  • Does Autumn make you nostalgic for pencil bags, notebooks, and pep rallies? If so, find a hammock in the cool, fall breeze and get lost in one of NPR’s Autumn reads.
  •  The stakes are rising for LCD readers, and new competitors are quickly finding their way into the market. Keep up with the buzz regarding the next tablet to hit the streets, Kobo’s Vox Android.

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