Link of the Week: Audible

Audible is a community of active listeners who enjoy stories well told. The website provides spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming as well as the sale of digital audiobooks, radio and TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers. In this age of revolutionary technology, audio media are becoming more and more popular. However, Audible is more or less a monopoly, as there are no other leading vendors of audiobooks and other such entertainment. Even futher, Amazon bought Audible in 2008, so it is now its subsidiary. As the world continues to morph and change, Amazon will see to it that its audio versions of conventional media occupy our ears and minds.

http://www.audible.com/

Link of the Week: Goodreads

In the spirit of Halloween, Goodreads posted a list of the most beloved Halloween-related books. From The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, there is a spooky story for every reader. Goodreads is a privately run, free “social cataloging” website that began in December 2006. It permits readers to sign up and register books to create their library catalogs and reading lists. Like all social media websites, users can connect to their friends and recommend books from their libraries. Most of the users on Goodreads are very book-oriented individuals, so unlike Amazon, which appeals to all types of people, Goodreads’ recommendations are more reputable. Become a Goodreads member, and discover a new Halloween book today!

http://www.goodreads.com/

Link of the Week: The Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. Their mission is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. They seek to serve the reading public, to build a larger audience for fiction, and to create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature. The Center for Fiction provides the public with inspirational events for people of all passions. Seasoned authors share their secrets with their peers; coupled with the fantastic amenities of this venue, they help create the classic literary works of the future.

http://www.centerforfiction.org/

Link of the Week: McSweeney’s

In the world of publishing, there are large publishing houses as well as independent ones. McSweeney’s, an American publishing house founded by Dave Eggers, is a shining example of a smaller-scale publisher. Dave Eggers is a writer, editor, and publisher, who is very well-known for his best-selling memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. In 1998, Eggers founded McSweeney’s, and since then, the house has published numerous books of various genres. Additionally, McSweeney’s is responsible for four publications, which can be found on the house’s website. Like most independent companies, McSweeney’s helped jumpstart the careers of new writers, but established authors, such as Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, have also published through Eggers’ house. Despite its size, McSweeney’s is a company that provides the literary world with a fresh pool of authors as well as stylistically-original publications.

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/

Link of the Week: Publishing Perspectives

Publishing Perspectives is an online journal that provides its readers with international publishing news and opinions. Due to its expansive nature, it has been termed “the BBC of the book world.” Each of the journal’s various tabs touch upon a singular aspect of international publishing, such as piracy obstacles in West Africa, the launch of Amazon’s French Kindle Store, and the schedule of events for the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair. The articles enlighten readers and provide them with a broader sense of the worldwide industry. This is certainly helpful in terms of marketing because it allows publishers to learn about other countries without leaving the comfort of their offices.

http://publishingperspectives.com/