Every day on Twitter is an education.
As news breaks in Twitterville, it gets passed around, discussed, dissected, analyzed, blogged and retweeted. There’s so much good information circulating there that I’ve decided to do a weekly round-up of book & publishing news that I’ve tweeted in the past 7 days. I’m hoping this will give you an at-a-glance summary of some of the big stories & issues as they emerge.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this round-up format. Useful or no?
24 Jul 09
NiemanLab: Good morning! The Associated Press comes out and says it: They think a headline and link require a license http://tr.im/tQmL
Wow, I just … wow. Does AP really think this is an appropriate and feasible strategy in 2009? Jeff Jarvis, Shel Israel, Matthew Ingram, and a host of other journalists, authors, and bloggers tweeted out about AP’s announcement.
22 Jul 09
RT @FernReiss: Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek…Which will fold? Analysts predict at least 1 dead in next 6 months: http://is.gd/1HBgL
The beleaguered magazine industry continues to take major hits. This week’s crystal ball reading says one of the three big business publications won’t make it through 2009.
21 Jul 09
RT @electricbook: Point-by-point comparison of Kindle Store and B&N eBookstore http://bit.ly/ugMtu
On Monday, Barnes & Noble announced the launch of what they’re dubbing the “world’s largest e-book store.” The chain says it currently offers 700,000 e-book titles and that number will rise to more than 1 million in 2010. B&N has also announced a partnership with the as-yet-unreleased PlasticLogic e-reader.
For more on the announcement, try ZD NET, the Washington Post, and the Post again.
21 Jul 09
See @unmarketing test TwitCam live Twitter video feed http://twitcam.com/1wp What are your thoughts on Twitter video?
Buzz is beginning to build around a few different apps (including TwitCam) that allow people to stream live video through their Twitter feeds. The technology provides some intriguing possibilities for authors to build relationships with readers. Who will be the first author to give a reading over Twitter video?
21 Jul 09
Bard Press giving away 20,000 free ARCs of its new diet book: http://is.gd/1GyZv That’s a lot of books!
Speaking of buzz, how do you get people talking about your book? How about giving away 20,000 free copies. While this tactic is beyond the reach of most self-published authors, it will be interesting to see how well it works for Bard Press. I learned of the promotion outside of Twitter and so far, I haven’t seen anyone talking about it — neither the campaign nor the book. What are your thoughts on it?
20 Jul 09
RT @sarahw: Entertainment Weekly launched a book blog called Shelf Life: http://is.gd/1FvU0
TSIA (tweet says it all)
19 Jul 09
RT @bookoven: le book de la future: http://bit.ly/R4WdO
This intriguing 9-minute video explores how we might write, publish, and read the book of the not-too-distant future. The video is in French but if you don’t speak the language you can still understand the essence of what’s being portrayed. The only thing that perplexed me was why the creators thought the public would still go to a bricks & mortar bookstore, which stocked print books, only to scan a barcode and take away an e-book version.
19 Jul 09
Foldable Readius ereader bankrupt before launch: http://bit.ly/WOev2 (via @liza)
News of the Readius’ parent company… um … folding before launch slipped quietly by with hardly a ripple. With the e-reader market still in its infancy, we can expect a lot more devices to come and go like this before the dust settles.
And that’s the world as I tweeted it for the past week. You can also follow me on Twitter (@jennifertribe) for news and discussion as it happens.