The Town that Pop Culture Forgot

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

Welcome to Utopia by Karen Valby (Spiegel & Grau, $25) Reviewed by Edward Nawotka In 2006, Entertainment Weekly writer Karen Valby uprooted herself from New York City to settle in the Hill Country town of Utopia, a place with a half-mile long Main Street featuring “zero stoplights, one constable, six real estate offices, and seven churches” and where just 540 …

Tag Team: YA Authors Mechling, Moser on Collaboration in the Digital Age

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser have been co-authors of teen novels for nearly a decade. Their latest collaboration My Darklyng is a young adult novel running on Slate.com (with enhanced features unfolding on Facebook, Twitter, and other dark corners of the Internet) throughout the summer. Pros as tag-team fiction-writing, Mechling and Moser are taking their first a stab at co-authored …

Your Book as a Database (Part 2)

In Resources, What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Chris Kubica Yesterday, in Your Book as a Database: A Primer, we laid the foundation for thinking of books as relational databases. Today, I want to expand that to demonstrate how you can rate a single book to the larger ecosystem of books and reading. Books, readers and their libraries Have a look at another book-as-database diagram with some …

Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 4

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Even though we’ve seen the new iPhone ever since some guy from Apple accidentally left a prototype in a bar, Steve Jobs officially unveiled the new iPhone 4 today. So what is new about the iPhone 4? Design: This new iPhone is slimmer than the previous model, with glass on the front and back, and stainless steel …

Four Big Ideas from Futurist, Publishing Prof Paul Saffo

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

This article appeared in our print edition for BookExpo America 2010. You can read the original here. By Edward Nawotka Futurist and Stanford University professor Paul Saffo will be lecturing at the newly re-christened Yale Publishing Course being held July 18-23 in New Haven. As a long-time industry observer, he notes four things publishers can do now to improve their …

How to Spell “website” and Other Social Media Style Rules

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The 2010 AP Stylebook is available today in print, and you might actually want to rush out and buy yourself a copy because there are some pretty interesting new “styles” in there. Mashable reported today that the AP Stylebook has been updated with 42 new rules about proper usage and spelling of technology and social media terms. …

Free Book Giveaway: One More Story by Ingo Schulze

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg This month, the German Book Office NY is giving away 10 copies of our Book of the Month, One More Story by Ingo Schulze, a collection of short stories. New Year’s Eve 1999, Berlin. At a party to kick off the twenty-first century, Frank Reichert meets Julia, his lost love. Since their separation in the fall of …