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The Lifespan of a Fact (truth, fact-checking, and art)

Online you can follow a virtual debate about truth vs. facts: In the Details: "The Lifespan of a Fact" by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal. Jennifer B. McDonald's review, in the NY Times Book Review (2-26-12), starts: "This book review would be so much easier to write  Read More 
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Things you should know about

Some things are changing radically and some are staying very much the same. New and interesting: Kickstarter has drawn more than enough funding for a project called Love Ever After. Kickstarter is interesting both for concept and process. Here, the project Read More 
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Tom Benjey's run with print-on-demand self-publishing

Guest post by Tom Benjey

Major publishing houses have been using POD technology for some time to keep their backlist titles in print. POD technology allows books to be printed digitally one a time, thus relieving the publisher of the cost of printing a batch of books and having capital tied up in them until they sell. The small capital investment required to publish books via POD technology also makes it possible for an author to become a publisher  Read More 
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Amazon.com and the Future of Book Publishing (part 2)

Three more alerts for authors: Confessions of a Publisher: “We’re in Amazon’s Sights and They’re Going to Kill Us” (PandoDaily)
Barnes & Noble: Taking on Amazon in a Fight for Its Life Read More 
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Grandfathers Journal(video)

A grandfather's journal helps a troubled teenager better understand himself and recognize a connection with his ancestors (a video from Family Search):



The longest memory is not as good as a short pencil, says this narrator. Keep a journal.

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Personal history videos

I highly recommend personal history videos. Here's Peter Savigny's video about his mother, Renee:



Click on the bottom right corner for full-screen view.

Peter's firm, TimeStorie , is based in  Read More 
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New iBook software's greedy grab for exclusive rights

Thanks to Robin Rowlands (The road to serfdom: Use Apple software ) for alerting us to the fact (widely discussed among techies) that deep within the license agreement for the excellent new iBook software is a clause stating that if you use the free software to create an ebook that you plan to sell (not give away) you are bound exclusively to Apple. Read Robin's  Read More 
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Amazon.com (Gorilla) and the Future of Book Publishing (part 1)

Here are links to several pieces of essential reading on Amazon and the future of book publishing: Amazon's Hit Man (Brad Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, 1-25-12)
Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink: The Backstory (Authors Guild, 1-31-12)
Amazon and Lightning Source: The End of an Era? (Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer 9-9-11)
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