Our final Link of the Week post for 2012 is here! This week we take a look at last minute holiday shopping and gift ideas, all designed for the book lover. From the frugal, DIY set to the indie unknown crowd, there’s something on these lists for even the grumpiest of the Scrooges. Take a look and enjoy New York for its best asset- SHOPPING!
Best selling author John Green gives his recommendations on his popular blog, here.
USA Today remarks on the popular trend of personalized books as gifts.
Heavy on the cookbooks, Amazon recommends some holiday favorites.
From Grandma to little brother, the Huffington Post has a list of gift-able favorites.
Introducing Issuu.com– a website featuring millions of free publications. Visit this website to view thousands of digital versions publications from all over the world. Become a member to subscribe to your favorites for free. Or, try your hand at self-publishing through their platform and have your message broadcast to over 52 million monthly readers! They also have a handy and convenient app for reading your favorites on the go. Save paper (and cash!) and check out the digital incarnations of your favorites.
Inc.com is a fabulous website for future publishing executives. Ripe with information, advice, and inspiration, Inc.com will help any business grow. A part of Inc. Magazine, the brand is well known for their Inc. 5000 list: a ranking of the 500 fastest growing companies of the United States. This is a great resource for all aspiring business people. Check out their article featuring habits of highly successful people. Additionally, they sponsor events and conferences geared towards entrepreneurs.
Spend some time in their sections:
How-To-Guides – Ever wanted to start a company or publication from scratch? Read these D.I.Y guides to get you started on the right foot.
Small Business Tools – These boilerplate papers help the start-up entrepreneur get a good idea of what professional documents should look like.
Inc. TV – These live Q&A video sessions highlight prominent business people who answer questions via live chat. Got questions? They’ve got answers
O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change has teamed up with the Internet Archive to present the fourth annual Books in Browsers conference this week in San Francisco. On Thursday, October 25 O’Reilly Media is hosting a live-stream of the two days of the conference. Publishing professionals will be discussing a variety of topics pertaining to our digital age including social media, content, and copyright issues.
Hosted by PW’s Calvin Reid, this webcast panel will look at the comics and graphic novel market focusing on three topics: the rise of comic and graphic novel sales in both traditional bookstores and comic specialty shops; how the growing impact of digital comics is sending consumers into stores and how digital comics are helping the sales of print comics; the launch of new digital comics imprints and the growing popularity of Kids Comics, indie female creators and webcomics. Register here.
Happy Banned Books Week! This week organizations across the country are working together to raise awareness about censorship and celebrate intellectual freedom. Some of your favorite books might have been censored or burned at one point in time. Many books are still challenged today, and abroad some people still suffer severe consequences for the thoughts they express. Take a look at how some groups are drawing attention to the week.
The American Library Association has great resources for the week including an interactive video map showcasing different submissions about censorship from across the country.
Be sure to check out the ALA’s lists of Most Banned Books. The series ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r , by Lauren Myracle, was number one on 2011’s list. The Huffington Post has a cool infographic breaking down last year’s tittles.
Frustrated by the viewing limitations imposed by the New York Times website? Any visitor to their site used to have full and complete access to all of the stories archived there- it used to be a great resource for any student doing research or just looking to get informed on current events. Fret no longer, because the New York Times is now allowing unlimited 24 hour student passes for your desktop web browser or mobile device! Simply visit their Academic Pass website, register using your Pace e-mail address and you are on your way to unlimited New York Times articles.
Be sure to check out the Media and Advertising division of the Business section. There are tons of interesting articles about publishing, technology, and the current changes the industry is going through. It is a great place to find information about companies you might want to work for or case studies for assignments in class.
Need a new novel to bring with you on the train? Tired of the same old vampire novels, or looking to expand your knowledge of the genre? Meet Goodreads, the largest social network for book enthusiasts everywhere. Users of the site can monitor what their friends are reading, get recommendations, and interact with other bookworms by forming clubs and more. Launched in 2007, the site boasts ten million members all sharing opinions on their favorite (and not-so-favorite!) reading material. This is a great resource for those of you who might need to find some research on interest to back up a marketing presentation or find out current trends in popular literature.
Create an account today! If there’s enough interest, we could make a Pace Publishing book club.
Words without Borders is a not for profit organization dedicated to the translation and distribution of contemporary international literature. Their goal is to make authors’ work available in the English language so that information may be disseminated to a wider audience. Every month WWB publishes an online magazine in addition to occasional, longer printed anthologies. They are currently building an educational program to reach out to high school and college students in order to gain greater exposure to contemporary international literature. Check out some of the great pieces available on their website.