Dog-Eared and Dispatched: May 17, 2015
Social media and e-libraries dominate this week’s book news. We all know a story can be told in six words, but what about chunks of stories in 140 characters from your favorite authors? If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, maybe a curated subscription service for children will, particularly when it’s carrying on the tradition of Reading Rainbow. Are you ready? Set? Read!
The annual week-long celebration of tweeted stories by well-known and not-so-well-known authors #Twitterfiction week is in full swing. This year’s participants included such notables as Patrick Rothfuss, Lemony Snicket, Margaret Atwood, and more. Since 2012, #twitterfiction has been for readers and writers to enjoy; participants are encouraged to tell a story from their own account, in a single tweet, or in the voice of a character. [MobyLives, Twitter Fiction Festival, Twitter Blog]
On May 13, LeVar Burton launched Skybrary, an inspiring side effect of his wildly successful Kickstarter campaign from a year ago. The new service is a subscription-based digital library targeting children ages 2 to 9, and currently has a digital library of 500 curated titles numbering. Additionally, the service includes over 150 video “field trips” to accompany the available titles. Of the project, Burton says, “The importance of developing a passion for the written word can not be overstated – children who love to read have the greatest tool to reach their highest potential.” [Reading Rainbow, Kickstarter, Entrepreneur]
- Mental Floss takes a look at booksellers’ secrets and the habits of inconsiderate bookbuyers.
- Kim Kardashian’s Selfish book has sparked a discussion about the future foundation of good writing.
- Continuing the airlines’ budding relationship with author readings and the literary community, Kobo introduced a free e-book platform for Southwest Airlines’ passengers.
- On the education front, Amazon launches a cloud computing education program.
- Jane Friedman examines whether or not literary journals are in trouble in an age of colloquialisms and shorter attention spans.
- An e-book obsessed Kindle reader falls back in love with print in Japan, where print undisputedly dominates and most bookstores have yet to build their websites.
- Publisher’s Weekly covers the questions an author needs to ask when it comes to hybrid publishers.