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Publetariat Dispatch: The Future of Libraries (Infographic)

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In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, OpenSite shares an interesting infographic about libraries in the digital age.

We’re glad to be able to share this excellent infographic from Open Site, which has generously released it under Creative Commons licensing.

The graphic shows some very interesting statistics about library usage, demographics and how technology is being used in libraries. It should be of interest to authors and publishers everywhere.

If text in the image below is difficult to read, click here to view the infographic in a larger format on Open Site.


Publetariat Dispatch: Writing to Heal Grief

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In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, Diane Morrow shares resources for using writing to work through grief.

This post, by Diane Morrow, originally appeared on her One Year of Writing and Healing blog. It is reprinted here in full per the blog’s Creative Commons licensing terms, and seems especially appropriate at this time, in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.

There’s a story by Anton Chekhov entitled, simply, “Grief”–also sometimes called “Misery”–which speaks beautifully, I think, to what grief may require–and to how the process of writing might contribute to the healing of grief. Not so much the erasure of grief. And not, certainly, the erasure of memories. But the healing of grief.

I’ve included a brief piece about this story below. I’ve also included links to a brief summary of the research on writing about grief, several writing ideas, and a list of resources–both books and websites.

I. The Chekhov Story

When the story begins a cab-driver waits at twilight in the snow for a fare. His son has died the previous week. He waits a long time in the snow, and then finally—a passenger. As the evening wears on, the cab-driver attempts conversation with three different passengers. Three different times he attempts to tell his story—what has happened with his son. Each of the three interrupts him. One closes his eyes to stop the story. One informs him that we all must die. One simply gets out of the sleigh. Still later, the cab-driver attempts to stop and speak with a house-porter, but the house-porter tells him to drive on.

There’s so much that the cab-driver needs to tell. Chekhov writes:

One must tell it slowly and carefully; how his son fell ill, how he suffered, what he said before he died, how he died. One must describe every detail of the funeral, and the journey to the hospital to fetch the defunct’s clothes. His daughter Anissia remained in the village—one must talk about her too. Was it nothing he had to tell? Surely the listener would gasp and sigh, and sympathize with him?

The details must be told. And then—that gasp—that sigh—from the listener.

At the end of the day the cab-driver returns to the stables. He begins to speak to his horse:

Now let’s say you had a foal, you were that foal’s mother, and suddenly, let’s say, that foal went and left you to live after him. It would be sad, wouldn’t it?

The horse munches his hay and breathes his warm breath—and does not interrupt him. And that is how the story ends—with the cab-driver telling his story, finally, to his horse.

Perhaps what grief requires, as much as anything, is that the process not be interrupted. That it find a time and a place in which to unfold–with a companion (when possible) and without (too much) interruption. And, perhaps, at least for some of us, writing can play a role in this process.

Writing as a companion that does not interrupt? Writing as a prelude to telling the story to a companion?

II. Research on Writing About Grief

An Introduction to the Research on Writing About Grief

III. Advice about Writing to Heal Grief

A Word of Caution About Writing and Healing

IV. Writing ideas for Healing Grief

Falling Apart


Considering a Package

Listing What Remains

V. Resources for Writing to Heal Grief

Here I’m including brief pieces I’ve written on selected books and websites that can offer company in the healing of grief. (This list is a work in progress and I plan to continue adding to this list.)

On Broken Vessels.  A collection of essays by Andre Dubus.

On When Things Fall Apart. A collection of brief essays by the Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron.

On Grief, Loss and Recovery. A website.

On Writing the Heartache. A Website


Kindle Nation Daily on Facebook: How to Get the Most Out of It, or How to Leave It Alone Without Missing Out on Any Freebies

When you clicked on our Kindle Nation Daily “Like” button at some point in the past couple of years, you were probably counting on Facebook to deliver our posts about free and bargain books, Kindle news and tips, and our weekly Kindle giveaway sweepstakes.

Unfortunately, right around the time that Facebook went public with its Wall Street IPO last Spring, the company’s delivery system became a lot less dependable. Some have questioned the ethics of Facebook’s change in approach, but for now we will avoid any editorializing and just focus on what you can do, as someone who “likes” us, to make sure you are getting our posts.

Because we like you too. A lot.

There are really just a few easy steps involved.

Step 1. Make sure you have “liked” our page.

Just go to our Kindle Nation Daily on Facebook page right here and click the “Like” button in the upper right (or the lower right of the screenshot above, except that it says “Liked.”)

Step 2. Check “Get Notifications” and/or “Show in News Feed.”

Once you’ve liked us, you can just click on the “Liked” button and a pull-down menu like the one at the right will appear on your screen.

You can click on either or both of the first two options here, depending on how you use Facebook:

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It’s really that easy, and making your choices from the options above should improve dramatically on the deliverability of our posts to you — which. If you click on both “Get Notifications” and “Show in News Feed,” your “Liked” pull-down menu should look like the one at the right.

But because we’re looking to provide you with the greatest value with the least expenditure of time, we’re also going to share an options for getting all your Kindle Nation Daily freebies, bargains, tips, sweepstakes invitations and winner notifications, and other information in a single daily post!

Step 3. Or … get it All in a Single Daily eMail Edition of Our Kindle Nation Daily Digest

Whether Facebook still works for you or not, we’re happy to report that there is also a much more efficient option:

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Coming Soon? Books for Boomers – A Brand New Genre or Category for Kindle Readers!

We had an interesting email message earlier this week from a very smart woman by the name of Claude Nougat (she’s an author, a painter, a economist and a blogger, and that’s her photo at the right), and I’m sure enough that she is on to something that I wanted to share some of her thoughts with you, our Kindle Nation readers.

It’s a straightforward idea: basically that it is time to create a new category of books that are likely to appeal to Baby Boomers, a term that generally refers to people born between 1946 and 1964. Here’s the basic pitch that she made when she started a GoodReads group on the subject:

When baby boomers reached their teens in the 1950s/1960s, the YA novel was born as a genre, dealing with coming-of-age issues. Now that baby boomers are 55+ and embarking on their second life, most of them in excellent health thanks to medical advances, it is time for writers to come up with Baby Boomer novels, or BB novels.

A BB novel deals with “coming-of-old-age issues”, and just like YA novels, it can be tragic, romantic, suspenseful, humorous, ironical but always compassionate.

Personally I suspect the category could be defined somewhat more broadly, without losing its appeal, to overlaps not only with various fiction genres but also with several nonfiction categories including biography and memoir, personal finance, and — dare I say it? — self-help.

As the BoomerCafe website noted in introducing an article by Ms. Nougat on the subject the other day, “baby boomers are the biggest, richest demographic in the world today.”

And just as important, for us here at KND, is the fact that boomers are the largest single “demographic” among our readers.

Naturally, few of us are interested in reading only the books that would make it onto a Boomer Books list. But it might be nice to have such listings at hand when we were looking for our next great read.

What do you think?

And what books would you like to see included? Please feel free to share your ideas in the comment area under our Coming Soon? Books for Boomers – A Brand New Genre or Category for Kindle Readers! post, and thanks!

We’ll see how much interest there is and see if we can help Claude Nougat take this idea to the next level.

And by the way, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that part of what got her thinking about all this in the first place is that she recently published a boomer book of her own: the novel A Hook in the Sky, which is currently available on Kindle for the very attractive promotional price of just 99 cents.

by Claude Nougat
4.6 stars – 5 Reviews


Maybe you’ll check it out. And maybe in the process we’ll all discover a new category of books we enjoy!

A Special Guest Post from WorldReader.Org:

How You Can Help Share Kindles and Kindle Books Around the World … In Just 20 Seconds!

(Ed. Note: Regular readers of Kindle Nation Daily know that we’ve been thrilled to support our friends at WorldReader.org for the past couple of years in their very important work of bringing the magic and reading revolution of Kindle to children around the world. Today we’re happy to share a guest post from WorldReader’s Susan Moody on how we can all use the power of voting to change education in Africa. –Steve Windwalker)

By Susan Moody, WorldReader.org

We have great news today! Worldreader has been chosen as one of 25 charities to participate in the second annual American Giving Awards presented by Chase! This is a big deal for us. Why? It’s an opportunity for Worldreader to win up to $1 MILLION, and to increase “Books for all” awareness globally like never before.

The stakes are high. With $1 million, we could enter 20 new countries, work with hundreds of new schools and help tens of thousands of children. It would allow us to scale our capacity in extraordinary ways, and get e-books and Kindles to an entire generation even faster. That means empowering students sooner, and giving them more resources to break the cycle of poverty and step confidently into their promising futures. If we win, it would be a rocket ship blast forward on every “Books for all” front.

Friends of Worldreader, we need your help. We won’t be able to do this without you. It’s that simple. Here’s the truth: We ARE experts in getting e-books into the hands of children in the world’s most poverty-stricken areas.  We are NOT experts in mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people to vote for us on Facebook. That’s why we’re going to need all of your help in getting enough votes. Whether you’re a high school student, an author, a book lover, part of a running group, a taxi driver, a teacher, an entrepreneur, a parent talking to other parents at soccer games, or a radio host – whatever!  We need every single one of you. We ask you to commit to help us win $1 million so we can do more of what we’re good at — transforming reading in the developing world.

We can’t win this without you so please vote and forward to your friends and family- it will make all the difference.  Winning means we could empower a generation of young readers in 20 new countries across the developing world with the reading materials to change their lives.

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Help us change education in Africa. Please commit to vote for Worldreader between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 and share it with your circles.  Check back in the coming days for banners, videos and other resources you can use to get the word out. The results will be announced on NBC Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. EST.

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Publetariat Dispatch: Apple / Agency 5 Antitrust Suit: Settlement News From the Trenches

Publetariat: For People Who Publish!In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, Publetariat shares a roundup of news about the United States’ Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five large publishers.

It was announced today that the U.S. Justice Department is filing its long-anticipated antitrust lawsuit against Apple, Inc. and the “Agency 5” publishers who are charged with colluding with Apple to fix prices on ebooks. Three of the five publishers immediately moved to settle out of court, though Penguin, Macmillan and Apple itself are digging in their heels and maintaining they are innocent of the charges.

Bloomberg News is reporting  that when the U.S. Justice Department officially moved to file suit  against Apple and the “Agency 5″, all but Apple and one of the  publishers named in the suit negotiated a settlement. From Bloomberg:

The U.S. sued Apple Inc. (AAPL), Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New York district court, claiming the publishers colluded to fix eBook prices.

CBS Corp. (CBS)’s Simon & Schuster, Lagardère SCA’s Hachette Book Group and News Corp. (NWSA)’s HarperCollins settled their suits today, two people familiar with the cases said…

Apple and Macmillan, which have refused to engage in settlement talks with the Justice Department,  deny they colluded to raise prices for digital books, according to  people familiar with the matter. They will argue that pricing agreements  between Apple and publishers enhanced competition in the e-book  industry, which was dominated by Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)


You can read the full Bloomberg report here. A report on Fox Business offers some settlement details:

If the settlement reached with the other three publishers  is approved, retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble could once  again set the price of books sold via their outlets. The settlement  also requires the publishers to terminate their anticompetitive  most-favored-nation agreements with Apple and other e-books retailers,  Holder said.

“In addition, the companies will be prohibited for two years from  placing constraints on retailers’ ability to offer discounts to  consumers.  They will also be prohibited from conspiring or sharing  competitively sensitive information with their competitors for five  years,” the statement reads.


Over on Slate, no less than three news and opinion pieces have been posted in the wake of today’s news. In If Apple and Publishers Plotted, They Didn’t Need to, Reynolds Holding argues:

If Apple and a clutch of publishers plotted together, they didn’t need  to. U.S. trustbusters say the iPad maker and five electronic book  producers conspired to raise download prices. But the model they came up  with makes sense even without collusion, giving the publishers perhaps  their best chance of survival.

The book business has changed radically in recent years. The old model  of selling wholesale and letting retailers set prices worked fine in the  world of printed books and bricks-and-mortar stores. But the arrival of  digital tomes allowed Amazon, for one, to slice prices to $9.99 per  e-book, providing relatively cheap content that helped make its Kindle  e-reader gadgets popular. Prices like that ate into publishers’ profit  margins.

But Holding is mistaken. Amazon’s pre-Agency deal with publishers had Amazon paying publishers’ their usual wholesale cut, which was based on publishers’ suggested retail prices. When Amazon slashed prices on mainstream bestselling Kindle books to $9.99 or less, it meant no less profit for publishers, but that Amazon had to take a loss on almost every one of those sales. Amazon is no stranger to the loss-leader strategy of obtaining market dominance however, so it was prepared to take the hit—for years, if need be.
This is partly why consumers and consumer watchdogs have been crying, “Foul!” over the claims of publishers and their supporters that Amazon’s pre-Agency ability to set its own pricing was in some way harming the publishers.