Wordle

“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use …

San Francisco Book Festival

  “JM Northern Media LLC is a company focused on media and the people who make it. Founded in 1999, we produce annual events and report on the people who are making things happen in the world of digital media and beyond. In addition to our stand-alone productions, we have …

Litquake

“Originally hatched over beers at the Edinburgh Castle pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in a fog-bound Golden Gate Park. Co-organizers and local writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware quickly realized that booklovers wanted something more. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, it …

San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference: “Four days of 55+ sessions with major presenters, agents and editors; a glorious opening gala; evening open mic and pitch sessions… plus 2 keynote luncheons and 2 breakfasts are included.”

Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

“The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is a free two-day event presented by Bound Together Bookstore. Each year, the book fair brings together over 75 radical booksellers, distributors, independent presses, and political groups from around the world, and features books, pamphlets, zines, art, crafts, and information. The two-day fair includes …

Future US

  “At Future we base everything we do around clusters of like-minded individuals who are passionate about their interests. From video games to technology, from cycling to music-making, we provide magazines, websites, emerging media platforms and events that inform, entertain and unite these communities. We share the same passions as …

Publishers Group West

“Publishers Group West (PGW) is the leading book sales and distribution company in the United States, representing over 100 independent client publishers. PGW sets the standard for integrated, full-service distribution, provides complete digital conversion services, and is a top-ten vendor to retailers and wholesalers throughout the industry. PGW’s market leadership, …

Slice Literary Writers Conference

“Slice, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit print magazine, was launched in 2007 by book editors Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson and has since garnered rave reviews from some of today’s leading authors, editors, and agents. Pulitzer prize-winning author Junot Diaz praises, “Beautiful, compelling, irresistible: Slice will knock you right out. In the …

New York State Literary Tree

“www.nyslittree.org was created to serve NYSCA-funded organizations with literary programs, their curators, and the poets and writers they present. The site offers in-depth information about the organizations and their curators as well as detailed schedules, thereby serving as a learning center and clearing house for those involved in literature-based presentation. …

92nd Street Y

“92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life.”

BookCourt

“BookCourt was established as an independent neighborhood bookstore in the Fall of 1981. 30+ years later, it’s Brookyn’s family-run, literary mainstay, offering an expansive inventory, the most competitive book discounts in NYC, and one of the top events series in the country. In 2012, The Village Voice hailed BookCourt as …

Bluestockings

“We carry over 6000 titles on topics such as feminism, queer and gender studies, global capitalism, police and prisons, and black studies. You can also find some good ‘ole smutty fiction. We also carry magazines, zines, journals, alternative menstrual products and other oddly hard-to-find good things. We host readings, workshops, …

Greenlight Bookstore

“Greenlight Bookstore started with the dreams of two different booksellers and a Brooklyn neighborhood. Our story is a story of opportunity, passion, and most importantly, community.”

Book Thug Nation

“BOOKTHUGNATION IS AN USED BOOKSTORE AND COMMUNITY SPACE IN WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN. We carry a wide selection of quality used books at low prices. Our focus is in Literary Fiction (boasting one of the best used fiction sections in NYC!), Film and Philosophy. We also have solid collections of Sci-Fi, Mystery/Noir, …

St. Mark’s Bookshop

“St. Mark’s Bookshop was established in 1977 in New York City’s East Village, a community of students, academics, artists, and other discerning readers. Our specialties include Cultural Theory, Graphic Design, Poetry & Small Press Publishing, Film Studies, and Foreign & Domestic Periodicals and Journals. We are open Monday through Saturday …

Word Bookstore

  “WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that celebrated its fifth anniversary in March 2012. Our primary goal is to be whatever our community needs us to be, which currently means carrying a lot of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, and …

The Powerhouse Arena

“Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24-foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor (with over 175 linear-feet of glass frontage …

Books of Wonder

“Bring your young readers and listeners to Books of Wonder and join us for our ever-popular Storytime. Each week, we choose several books from our shelves (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents for a good, old-fashioned, storytime. It’s a fun-filled …

McNally Jackson

“McNally Jackson is an independent bookstore in New York City. We aspire to be the center of Manhattan’s literary culture: witness our events, our two floors of books, our engaged staff. Not to mention our bustling café, because what, after all, is reading without coffee? Yes, we arrange our literature …

Strand Books

“In 1927, Ben Bass opened Strand Book Store on Fourth Avenue, home of New York’s legendary Book Row. Named after the famous publishing street in London, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, which started in the 1890’s and ran from Union Square to Astor Place. Today, …

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

“Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has established itself as a New York downtown institution and tourist destination for the last decade. Special events and a fully stocked cafe make this a great place to meet friends, relax, and shop the best book, movie, and music selection in New York City. Our …

Nyuorican Poets Cafe

“The Nuyorican presents groundbreaking works of literature, music, theater, performance art, poetry slam, hip hop, visual art and champions established as well as rising artists from every background imaginable.”

Fantastic Fiction at KGB

“Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. The reading series features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction. Admission is always free.”

No Starch Press

  “No Starch Press has long had a reputation for publishing unique books on technology, with a focus on open source, security, hacking, programming, alternative operating systems, LEGO®, science, and math. Our titles have personality, our authors are passionate, and our books tackle topics that people care about.”

Inkling Habitat

“Habitat helps turn your concept into a final product. Plan your Inkling title, then convert your assets into HTML5 and CSS for use in Habitat. Once your content is inside Habitat, enhance, proofread and publish your title to multiple platforms with a click!”

Kno Advance

  “Advance enables the transformation of a print title into an eBook instantly and is literally done at no cost to the publisher or author. Join 80+ publishers who have contributed to Kno’s digital library of over 200,000 titles, the largest collection of digital titles on the market.”

Beyond the Story

  “BeyondtheStory® is the world’s first automated publishing platform that uses proprietary AI and advanced authoring tools to transform flat text into a fully interactive multimedia experience.”

BlueGriffon

“BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it’s a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards.”

Broadband Internet

“Should broadband Internet service be treated as a basic utility in the United States, like electricity, water, and traditional telephone service? That’s the question at the heart of an important and provocative new book by Susan Crawford, a tech policy expert and professor at Cardozo Law School. In Captive Audience: …

Smartbook

“Expanding upon student learning behavior collected from McGraw-Hill’s existing suite of educational software, the SmartBook promises to adapt textbook material to suit the paces and grasp of individual learners.”

Pubmatch

“To create a worldwide community for the publishing industry that encourages the creation of business relationships and the worldwide spreading of ideas. PubMatch will facilitate communication, data warehousing and the simplification of rights marketing for publishers, agents, authors and others, making it the go-to place for the international publishing community …

iPlayer for Kindle

“Over the last few years the BBC‘s video on demand service iPlayer (a kind of British Hulu) has moved beyond desktop PCs, to games consoles, mobile phones, tablets, set top boxes and internet connected TVs. But there’s still a segment of the population who aren’t being catered for; those whose …

1 Dollar Scan

“Our mission is to help people, small businesses, students / researchers / scholars, and the general public digitize, preserve, archive, and access existing content digitally. We honor the copyright of Publishers and Authors and hope to establish a close relationship to expand the eBook market furthermore. We make everything digital.”

Amazon Giftcards on Facebook

“Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced Amazon Birthday Gift, a new way for customers to surprise friends on their birthdays by joining together to send Amazon.com Gift Cards with birthday messages on Facebook. Once a single friend starts a gift, any of the recipient’s Facebook friends can contribute – and many …

The best APIs are simple web standards

  “For example, consider a reader’s annotations or comments on a New York Times article; any comments penned in single page mode should appear on the paginated version, where an article spans by default two, three, or four separate web pages, even though the web URLs are different for each …

New E-Book DRM

“German researchers are working on a new DRM system that would change individual words of a story to track pirated book copies back to their original owners.”

The Business Rusch: The Changing Playing Field

  “In the past five years, e-book sales in the United States have gone from zero to (conservatively) 706 million, with no sign of slowing down. […] About 30% of those e-book sales come from independent (self-published) authors. That’s about 210 million ebook sales that did not come out of traditional publishing.  The …

Netflix Model for E-Books

  “Federal prosecutors say Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up e-book prices. But the court case, which began this week, may soon be a moot point, experts say, as other companies aim to make traditional prices irrelevant by offering e-book rental services akin to Spotify and Netflix.”

Nook Snaps

  “Barnes & Noble will start commissioning original works for Nook Snaps, its e-singles section. For the first 60 days, authors keep 100 percent of the royalties; after that, the royalty rate drops to 40 percent.”

Apple DoJ Update: Day 4

    “Apple attorney Orin Snyder aggressively dismantled Google Director of Content Partnerships, Tom Turvey, a witness for the government, who in a sworn statement had indicated that the five accused publishers “advised” him in January of 2010 that they were switching to the agency model, and had “strongly implied” that …

HarperCollins BookSmash Challenge

“It is an incredibly exciting time to be a reader, an author, and a publisher. Opportunities to engage audiences are endless – new devices now support numerous ways of reading, publishing, and reaching readers. HarperCollins is issuing a call to developers to create excellent, functioning software and proof of concept …

Apple Trial Update

  “Following Penguin’s David Shanks to the witness stand in the Apple e-book price fixing trial, S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy was feisty and contentious, often challenging the intent of the government’s questions or offering unsolicited interpretations of its language and phrasing. Late in the day, Amazon v-p of Kindle content …

First Amendment Violation

  “Bookstores, newsstands and two bookseller organizations filed suit Monday to block enforcement of a law that violates the First Amendment rights of retailers to display magazines that focus on marijuana and their customers’ right to browse those publications. The law, which was passed as a provision of the new …

DC Comics Choose Your Own Path

“Less than two years after DC Comics began selling digital versions of its own comics on the same day as print, the superhero publisher announced two new digital comics formats: DC2, which will feature “dynamic artwork” that unfolds as the reader taps on the screen, and DC2 Multiverse, a choose-your-own-path …

Diversion Books and Literary Agency Gersh

“Two trends converge: Diversion Books, a New York-based start-up digital publishing house continues to build its business by outsourcing its digital publishing know-how to non-publishing entities that want to publish ebooks; and Gersh, a New York-based literary agency adds another service that it can offer to its authors to help …

EPUB3 Now! Liz Castro

  “The promise of a single file that works on all systems is before us, and EPUB3, our common goal, is what will enable us to get there. I have not only published my slides, but I re-recorded my talk so you can get all of the details. Be sure …

EPUB3: One File, Many Ebooks

  “Hachette’s practice of delivering the same EPUB3 file to all its e-tailers, including Amazon, sets a precedent for the industry, said Castro. If more publishers developed a single viable ebook file, would e-reader systems converge upon a single standard for rendering that file? And in turn, make ebooks a …

BEA 2013: IDPF 2013: Authors, Readers, Data, the Future

  “While there was much anticipation over Goodreads founder Otis Chandler’s post-Amazon-acquisition update at this year’s IDPF 2013 Digital Book Conference at BEA, it was Writer’s Digestpublisher Phil Sexton who might have stolen the day, with the results of a survey of author reactions to self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. The Writer’s Digest survey …

Slice a Recipe HD

  “The cookbook to improve your cutting skills. One of the first things you learn at a cooking school is how to use a knife. That’s why we gave our students this special introductory cookbook. Students had to actually cut the book apart in order to see the recipes. They …

EPUB3 Still Not Ready for the Prime Time

“Almost every publisher we talked to expressed reservations about getting involved in the next generation of the EPUB3 ebook format. If you are unfamiliar with this format, it borrows heavy elements from HTML5, and allows for audio, video, and the ability to change the language on the fly. It is …

BEA 2013: Literary Ethics for Reviewers

  “The panelists concurred that, despite Romano’s earlier sentiments against applying a universal code for reviewers, being honest about biases within a piece is fundamental, and that it’s vital to take a book on its own terms, not those desired by the critic. Sehgal and Romano added that a good …

Lulu’s Picture.com

  Lulu, the self-publishing platform, is launching a new service: picture.com. Picture.com “allows for instant photobook generation and the printed end products are handsomely bound books, calendars, and even business class brochures and marketing collateral.”

Samsung’s Big Move Into Ebooks

“Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and all the others have a new competitor to worry about: Samsung. The company is set to make a strong push into the ebook retail market through its popular line of smartphones, tablets and “phablets,” a new device category between phone and tablet.”  

eBook Bundles

“eBookBundles.com is the parent site of a new network of e-book retail storefronts focused on genres—including retail sites for sci-fi, romance and fantasy–that offers bundles of titles by a variety of authors at an economical price. Bundles start at $4.99 and typically include three to six titles from well-known authors …

HC Providing Digital Galleys to Its Authors

“HarperCollins has started a new program called e-Insider that will deliver digital galleys to its authors to use in their promotional efforts. The program will deliver what HC called a “limited number” of e-galleys, as well as finished e-books, through a proprietary platform and, using a QR code, authors can …

Kindle Worlds

“Amazon is launching an innovative licensing and publishing program targeting the flourishing world of online fan fiction—unauthorized amateur works created by fans and based on popular copyrighted franchises.”

Pew Report on Teen Sharing Online

The latest Pew study found that teens “focusing on controlling access to meaning. A comment might look like it means one thing, when in fact it means something quite different. By cloaking their accessible content, teens reclaim power over those who they know who are surveilling them.”

Pottermore

Pottermore, a “strategy as a gateway to sell ebooks has been a bit of a case study on how to start an e-commerce site and maintain control over the entire experience,” won the UK Bookseller Industry award.

Fidus Writer

“Fidus Writer is an online collaborative editor especially made for academics who need to use citations and/or formulas. The editor focuses on the content rather than the layout, so that with the same text, you can later on publish it in multiple ways: On a website, as a printed book, …

Infoshare Online

  Population statistics, immigration trends, socio-economic indicators, birth and death data, hospitalizations, local trade data, and much more, on Infoshare Online.