Bonus Material: The Online In-Crowd

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_0FgRKsqqUa Richard Eoin Nash isn’t alone in thinking that  publishing as we know it is coming to an end. He’s part of a much broader constituency who believes the old paradigms are shifting away from individual producers and toward crowds. Among the chief progenitors of this idea is Clay Shirkey. His book Here Comes Everybody (now in …

Bonus Material: Petition to Free Imprisoned Iranian Author

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Among those arrested during the Tehran protests last month was 41-year old Maziar Bahari, a journalist and filmmaker who was at the time working for Newsweek magazine. Today, still remains in prison. Yet, as time passes and the media shifts its attention away from Iran, Bahari and the other 30 odd journalists and bloggers who were imprisoned …

Bonus Material: How to Pack (Books) for Summer Vacation

In Discussion by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Home is where your stack of books is… Maybe you, like me, have a stack of books sitting on your nightstand or piled next to your bed.  I love that stack of books.  I cultivate it like some people cultivate gardens.  I take a book off here, add a book there — all according to my …

Bonus Material: Ex-Barcelona Owners Add Competition to Spain’s Ebook Market

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Spain’s Big Three — Planeta, Random House Mondadori, and Santillana — may be forming their own digital distribution company (see article), but they haven’t scared off competition. Two former owners of Catalonia’s Barça soccer team are partnering with educational publisher and distributor Vicens Vives and cooperative retailer and distributor Abacus to form their own digital distribution company, …

Bonus Material: Don’t You Wish Your Book Fest Was Hot Like Me

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Where would you rather hear authors read: In a fluorescent-lit lecture hall in some damp college town or on the beach in Brazil? Known colloquially as FLIP, the Festa Literaria Internacional de Parati has been taking place since 2003 in the colonial seaside town of Paraty – a place so beautiful it is in the running to …

Bonus Material: The Godzilla of Japanese Online Shopping

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka If this were a Japanese monster movie Mothra would be played by Amazon.co.jp. Amazon in Japan has always been a contender, but one that is too often on the losing side of the fight.  (Recently, for example, the company was asked to pay $119 million in overdue Japanese taxes after being accused of failing to properly report …

Bonus Material: How to Sell Island Fiction to Islanders

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-AbxwkE2TQ The above video is a book trailer for Michael Holgate’s Night of the Indigo. The dreadlocked man in the video is the author. As series editor, Joanne Gail Johnson is eager to see the Island Fiction Series sell out their 2,000 copy first printings. Originally, Macmillan had planned ten titles for the series, but scaled back …

How to Create a Good PowerPoint Presentation

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson I should really call this article “How to Create a Good Presentation Using PowerPoint.” Nowadays, when asked to speak in front of an audience, it is rarely expected that you will simply read in front of the audience. But, presenting information in a compelling and interesting way means more than just flipping through slides filled with far …

Bonus Material: Chinese Netizens 1, Green Dam Girl 0

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

BEIJING: It probably surprised artist Ai Weiwei that his protest turned into a party. Weiwei had been calling for Chinese internet users to boycott the internet on July 1 (PP story from Tuesday) as an act of protesting the Chinese government’s new “Green Dam” filtering technology, intended to block pornography, but widely seen as a tool for censorship. But in …