Saturday, July 28, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
28 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  28 July 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!


One of the best investments you can make is to ensure your first and second books cross-market each other.


Case Study: Tips For Updating A First Book To Market Your Second by David Wogahn for Author Imprints



How to Salvage Water Damaged Books by Lori Dorn for Laughing Squid

Here’s a tutorial showing you how to salvage books that have been damaged by water.






Austin's Michael-Scott Earle, who previously filed a trademark on the phrase “Dragon Slayer” for use in fantasy novel trademarks, has now filed a trademark on book covers with “one or more human or partially human figures underneath, at least one of the figures holding a weapon; and an author's name underneath the figures; wherein the title/series and author's name are depicted in the same or similar coloring.”


Trademark Troll Who Claims To Own "Dragon Slayer" Now Wants Exclusive Rights To Book Covers Where Someone Is Holding A Weapon by Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing




Librarians are in uproar after an article in Forbes magazine proposed replacing all public libraries in the US with Amazon bookstores because libraries “don’t have the same value they used to” and cost taxpayers too much.


“Twaddle”: Librarians Respond To Suggestion Amazon Should Replace Libraries by Kate Lyons for The Guardian




For 12 years, Jennifer Taylor watched kids come into the library at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, California, and struggle to find books. Then, she discovered “genrefication”, a movement to organize schools’ libraries by type, like bookstores.


How Genrefication Makes School Libraries More Like Bookstores by Gail Cornwall for KQED News



Episode 96 – Is Amazon’s New Bulk Buy Program For You? podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors

In this episode, Chris discusses Amazon’s new edition of their ebook bulk buy program – who may benefit and who might not.


Episode 96 – Is Amazon’s New Bulk Buy Program For You? podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors



The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist Announced by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize

The 13 novels in contention for Britain’s most prestigious literary award include a graphic novel, a thriller, a novel in verse, and new writers.


The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist Announced by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize




The analysis “reveals the pervasiveness of gender bias and stereotype in the books on different features like occupation, introductions, and actions associated to the characters in the book.”


An IBM Team Identified Deep Gender Bias From 50 Years Of Booker Prize Shortlists by Suneera Tandon for Quartz India



Finalists Announced For The 2018 World Fantasy Awards by Leah Rachel Von Essen for BookRiot

Finalists for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. These awards honor fiction and artists with nominated material published in 2017 or with a 2017 cover date.


Finalists Announced For The 2018 World Fantasy Awards by Leah Rachel Von Essen for BookRiot




Here are some unique ways to use social media content that will get your business noticed.


Social Media Content That Will Get Your Business Noticed by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil



10 Books With Incredibly Clever Hidden Messages by Angela Erickson for BookBub

BoobBub has rounded up some of the most intriguing hidden messages you may not have noticed before.


10 Books With Incredibly Clever Hidden Messages by Angela Erickson for BookBub



Meet 9 Bookstore Cats From Around the Bay Area by Ashley Urdang for KQED Arts

Cats are a staple of many independent bookstores, and as any bookstore owner will tell you, they're often the ones that truly run the place.


Meet 9 Bookstore Cats From Around the Bay Area by Ashley Urdang for KQED Arts



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