Link of the Week | Best Books of 2017

End of term is fast approaching. As finals become a stress of the past, publishing students can finally return to what inspired them to join the program in the first place: books. And boy does NPR have an amazing desktop app to help you find your holiday read. Continue reading “Link of the Week | Best Books of 2017”

Link of the Week: NPR’s “The Book Concierge”

According to this article from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR has debuted a new website and mobile app called The Book Concierge. This “unusual” tool allows readers to go through over 200 recommended book titles from 2013. Readers can sort through the list by both title and category.

The Book Concierge contains titles recommended by NPR Books contributors such as Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan, librarian Nancy Pearl, Morning Edition host David Greene and many others. The Book Concierge organizes titles by the basic categories like “Biographies” or “Comics and Graphic Novels,” but it also uses more unique categories such as “Rather Long or “It’s All Geek to Me.”

This web tool also takes the usual “Best Of” list style and turns it into something much more visually interesting by concentrating on the books’ covers. Hover your mouse over a book cover to see a snippet of the recommendation then click on the book to receive the full review. I can tell that I’m going to be having a lot of fun looking through the books in this format. It is almost like a visual bookshelf. Could The Book Concierge lead the way for online book viewing? Also, this way, we can still admire the books’ covers since they are not the tiniest of thumbnails. If you have ever used the website or app Pinterest, then you might notice a similar feel with The Book Concierge.

Link of the Week: NPR

Whether or not you listen to one of their 959 radio stations, everyone is familiar with NPR, or National Public Radio. This blossoming media organization is at the forefront of digital innovation; they produce and provide the public with highly-acclaimed news, information, and music programming. NPR even has broadcasts that appeal to their more literary listeners – they offer news about books and authors as well as their suggestions for future reading. There is an entire section of their website devoted solely to author interviews. In this fast-paced world, book lovers may not have the opportunity to attend an author talk. With new content everyday, NPR provides listeners with the next best thing.

Link of the Week: Open Road Media

LotWFrom their website: Open Road is a digital content company that publishes and markets ebooks by creating connections between authors and their audiences across multiple platforms. Financed by Kohlberg Ventures and led by CEO Jane Friedman and President Jeffrey Sharp, ORIM leverages its partners’ experience and relationships to enhance titles from literary giants and introduce new stars to readers. The company’s ebooks offer a 360-degree world of existing and originally produced premium content that is marketed through a new online proprietary platform.

Earlier this week NPR wrote a piece on their company, outlining their publishing philosophy and their recent acquisition popular backlists like Pat Conroy’s.