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Biblish EPUB Creator Enables Authors To Promote Their Books

Posted on July 23, 2014

Bublish — the only cloud-based platform that provides a complete social marketing and publishing solution for today’s business-savvy authors — today announced the launch of the beta version of their ePub Creator Tool. Never before have authors had the ability to actively promote their books, gather fans and generate pre-sales right from the pages of their manuscript. Bublish makes this possible.

Subscribers to Bublish’s Authorpreneur... continue reading →

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Amazon Studios Introduces New Kids Series

Posted on June 16, 2014

A vibrant blue fox, whimsical friends, exhilarating adventures and discovery await all those who explore the stop-motion world of Tumble Leaf. Amazon’s first original kids series is available today, exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video at no additional cost for Prime members. Created for preschool-aged children, each episode of Tumble Leaf follows Fig, a delightfully curious blue fox, and his best friend Stick, a quirky... continue reading →

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Alexandria, VA most well-read city in US

Posted on June 9, 2014

To kick off the summer reading season, Amazon.com announced its fourth annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2013 to April 2014, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents. The Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:

1. Alexandria, Va.

2. Miami, Fla.

3. Knoxville,... continue reading →

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Protecting Kids’ Ears With ETY•Kids Safe Listening Earphones

Posted on June 4, 2014

Children read from tablets and other mobile devices; that’s today’s reality. When parents and kids visit bookstores, retailers can now present ETY•Kids Safe Listening Earphones, one of the smartest, and most important mobile device accessories available.

ETY•Kids earphones protect young ears from excessive volume, and are a critical product for a generation listening to portable entertainment and communication devices almost... continue reading →

New Voices Award writing contest now open for submissions

Posted on May 22, 2014

The Award is given annually by LEE & LOW BOOKS for a children's picture book manuscript by a writer of color. The contest encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past winners include Bird by Zetta Elliott and It Jes' Happened by Don Tate.

Contest Submission

Writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children's picture... continue reading →

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State Of Virginia Unveils Innovative Virtual Spanish Courses

Posted on May 20, 2014

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright unveiled the prototype for a series of innovative online Spanish courses today before educators and students at Highland High School in Monterey.

The new virtual courses – Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish and Advanced Spanish – will be available this fall through the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia online learning program. The courses are based on the... continue reading →

Microsoft helps public schools make digital transition

Posted on May 17, 2014

Microsoft Corp. and its hardware partners on Monday unveiled a range of devices at various price points to help U.S. public school districts make the digital transition. The devices included in today’s pricing announcement are lightweight enough to conduct research and take assessments, while at the same time robust enough to create rich media, develop code and build complex applications. With devices starting under $300, the effort is... continue reading →

ALSC selects popular books for young readers

Posted on May 14, 2014

Featuring contributions by active librarians from around the country, “Popular Picks for Young Readers,” published by ALA Editions for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), offers a goldmine of quality books for children. Edited by Diane Foote, this guide spotlights more than 500 titles published within the last four years. Ranging from books for newborns through readers to age 14, the selected books encompass a wide... continue reading →

Publishers: Acquire New Skills This Summer

Posted on April 17, 2014

 PubWest, a nonprofit association for book publishers, will offer two professional development conferences this summer that will develop new skills and techniques in book publishing professionals with 1 to 5 years experience in the field. The PUB501 Summer Sessions will be held June 19-20 at the University of Denver and June 26-27 at Portland State University. PubWest will allow registrants to deduct 50% of their PUB501 registration... continue reading →

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Promoting Your Book With Email Newsletters: Insights From “The Fussy Librarian”

Posted on April 7, 2014

Email newsletters that promote digital books are one of the fastest growing methods of book marketing today. The Fussy Librarian is one of the new ebook promotion newsletters, started by Jeffrey Bruner in the fall of 2013. The newsletter has already acquired 10,300 subscribers and 1,925 authors and about 3,500 different books have been featured.

BB: From your perspective, can you see ways that email promotion newsletters changing the... continue reading →

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Q&A With Author / Illustrator Chris Marsh

Posted on March 4, 2014

British Author/Illustrator Chris Marsh is launching his first picture book. Here's an interview that gives us some insight on his inspirations

1. Tell us about yourself.
I currently live in London, England and have done so for the last 7 years which is very different from where I grew up in the heart of the English countryside. Growing up in a rural village surrounded by farms, fields and forests gave me the opportunities to go on an... continue reading →

Sony Chooses Kobo For Ebooks on Phones And Tablets

Posted on February 6, 2014

Sony Electronics, together with Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced that Kobo will provide Sony's Reader™ and Sony's Xperia® tablet and smartphone users in the United States and Canada with Kobo's world-class catalogue of more than 4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers, graphic novels, and kids content. Sony's Reader Store customers and their current eBook libraries will transfer to the Kobo ecosystem starting in... continue reading →

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Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest

Posted on February 5, 2014

Accepting submissions until February 21, 2014, the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest is an opportunity for writers in every genre to submit the opening ten pages of their unpublished manuscript. The winner in each category will meet individually with a top-notch literary agent in their genre at the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference on June 27-29, 2014.

Categories include: mainstream fiction; mystery;... continue reading →

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Take Your Child to the Library Day: Bookboard donates $30K

Posted on January 27, 2014

In celebration of the third annual Take Your Child to the Library Day, Bookboard is partnering with over 400 libraries throughout the United States and Canada to encourage families to visit their local libraries. All participating libraries are hosting special events that include story times, musical performances, scavenger hunts, art activities and giveaways to celebrate reading and create more awareness about literacy and what local... continue reading →

More than 1,000,000 ebooks in 2013 at six foward-thinking libraries

Posted on January 6, 2014

OverDrive, the leading eBook, audiobook, music and video distributor for schools and libraries, announced today that six standalone partner libraries have surpassed 1 million digital checkouts from their OverDrive collection in 2013. The libraries all experienced significant year-over-year growth in borrowed digital titles.

The following libraries made the 2013 Million Digital Checkouts Club:

· King County Library System (WA): 1.6... continue reading →