Monthly Archives: October 2007

Newspapers’ Perilous Crossing to the Online World

Newspaper publishers in the United States are facing challenging times.  As reported in the New York Times earlier this year, their print ad revenues are in a steady decline.  Figures reported by the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) showed that while online … Continue reading

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Taking Care with Copyrights

Book Vid Lit by Sheila Clover-English Sheila Clover English, the CEO of Circle of Seven Productions, has been a pioneer in book video production, marketing and distribution for authors and publishers There’s a rise in lawsuits that should have you … Continue reading

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Blogs are the New Takeover Bait for Mainstream Media Outlets

Attention all ye weary bloggers, exhausted from constant posting; your labors may finally bear fruit!  We have often speculated about the value of blogs.  Now Standard & Poor’s is indicating that blogs may be the next round of acquisition targets … Continue reading

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Books with Moving Parts are Popping Up All Over

Over the last several years, there has been a resurgent market for books that contain – gasp! – physical / mechanical elements.  Members of this species includes pop up books, board books, movable books and works enhanced with additional “pull out” … Continue reading

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Graphic Novels and Manga – Visual Storytelling Captures a New Generation

A few months ago, I had dinner with a colleague who works for a large printer based in the Midwest.  He had just attended a conference where graphic novels were all the buzz.  He indicated his company was seeing more orders for … Continue reading

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Can a Computer Write a Novel?

Halloween approaches.  Night falls early and the wind howls menacingly.  Leaves swirl and crackle along the ground.  Thoughts turn to Dracula and Frankenstein.  Meanwhile, novice writers huddle in their homes and gear up for NaNoWriMo.  All of which conjures up … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Lawrence Velvel’s Blook

Blook Looks by Cheryl Hagedorn Cheryl Hagedorn authors Blooking Central, which examines published books to discover what makes for a blookable blog. It’s not that Lawrence R. Velvel, Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law, isn’t well known or that … Continue reading

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Stranger in a Strange Land – Sci-Fi Genre Remix

Genre is defined in the Merriam- Webster online dictionary as “a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.”  A genre categorization is a convenient way for us to better understand what kind … Continue reading

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The State of the Blook – An Interview with Blooking Central’s Cheryl Hagedorn

If you want to know what’s happening in the world of blooks (blogs that become books), Cheryl Hagedorn’s Blooking Central is your first stop.  She has provided insightful analysis and entertaining background on almost 200 blooks.  Cheryl is a former … Continue reading

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NaNoPreMo – a Pecha Kucha Warmup for NaNoWriMo

October is here and it’s NaNoWriMo season.  NaNoWriMo, as you may recall, is an annual event where authors strive to write 50,000 words during the month of November.  That’s a grueling 1,667 words per day.   I say grueling because I compare it … Continue reading

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