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Dog-Eared and Dispatched: May 17, 2015

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: May 17

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!

Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood in 2009 by Blaues Sofa on Flickr

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]


  1. Mental Floss takes a look at booksellers’ secrets and the habits of inconsiderate bookbuyers.
  2. Kim Kardashian’s Selfish book has sparked a discussion about the future foundation of good writing.
  3. Continuing the airlines’ budding relationship with author readings and the literary community, Kobo introduced a free e-book platform for Southwest Airlines’ passengers.
  4. On the education front, Amazon launches a cloud computing education program.
  5. Jane Friedman examines whether or not literary journals are in trouble in an age of colloquialisms and shorter attention spans.
  6. 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.
  7. Publisher’s Weekly covers the questions an author needs to ask when it comes to hybrid publishers.

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