Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from across the Web (April 17 – 23)
Each week, we collect stories about self-publishing and authorship in the digital age. These are some of our favorites. If we’ve missed a good one, leave it in the comments. Or send us a note.
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- Has US literature woken from the American dream?: While literature is skewing towards more bleak outlooks, away from the idealistic American dream concept, there are still parts of this dream that literature can explore.
- New York Public Libraries Warn of a ‘Staggering’ Crisis With Infrastructure: The aging New York Public Libraries aren’t able to keep up with the growing needs of their patrons. The three NYC public library systems are asking for $1.4 billion in city funding for updating and renovating the infrastructures.
- Confessions of a Serial Non-finisher: First person account an author who has numerous unfinished fiction projects, talking about questions that can block the creative flow.
- Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week: Librarians at the Tokeka and Shawnee County Public Library created a parody of “Shake it Off,” called “Check it Out.” The four minute video is included.
- Cash crisis threatens dictionary of US regional English: The Dictionary of American Regional English’s funding will run out this summer, which means an end to the 50-year project of charting American dialects.
- What’s the best way to publish “binge-reading”?: Series and binge-reading may be taking hold in readers, making publishers think about changes in how they schedule their publishing.
- 15 Essential Time-saving Tools for Busy Writers: Fifteen tools to save writers time and make them more productive are Scrivener, Cloud Storage, Google Apps for Work, Grammarly, Compfight, Death to the Stock Photo, Evernote, Rev, Google Adwords Keywords Planner, A Social Media Automation Tool, Pickfu, WordPress, Lynda.com, Medium and MailChimp/AWeber.
- Median earnings of professional authors fall below the minimum wage: Outside of the top five percent of writers, many professional authors can’t make a living off of this craft.
- Authors’ income ‘at breaking point’: The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society said that 43 percent of all professional writer income is earned by the top 5 percent of authors. While creative outlets are doing well, professional writers have seen earnings reduce 29 percent from 2005 to 2013.
- Check out the Library of Congress’s new audio archive online: The Library of Congress digitized some recordings and made them available online. Voices of long-dead authors can be heard in this project that is just a sample of all of the recordings the library has.
- One Billion Reader Views on Wattpad = Publishing and Movie Deal: Wattpad is a free site for posting and reading stories that has 35 million readers, and receives great traffic for all of its genres. It’s a great way to connect readers with authors, and Hollywood agents have approached authors who publish on the site.
- Goodreads Now Filling Your Update Feed With Spam, Er “Sponsored Posts”: Goodreads is testing native advertising by putting sponsored book listings into pages, profiles and update feeds of users.
- Audiobook Samples Now Available on Goodreads: Goodreads is in the process of making free audio samples for some Audible books, so members can listen and read samples of stories.
- Amazon Pays $450,000 A Year To This Self-Published Writer: Mark Dawson is a self-published writer of a crime-thriller series who got started on success by giving away his book The Black Mile. His decision to self-publish gave him total power over his work, and he achieved success by doing the groundwork and developed a community.
- Kindle Textbook Creator Now Lets You Embed Audio & Video: Kindle Textbook Creator only accepts PDF source files, is in beta, and now it supports pop-up images and embedded audio and video files. The KTC books can only be read in Kindle apps. but it has more media options than other textbook creators.
- E-books overtake paper in China: The Chinese Academy of Press and Publication found through a survey that reading across the board increased for Chinese adults, but digital reading is increasing quicker.
- Ten Great Ebook Production Tools: Author suggests, and gives a quick guide to, tools that help ebook development through through the processes of zipping/unzipping, validation, text editors, and ebook editors.