With reactions and protests to the pandemic shutdowns on the top, middle and bottom of the news for the past nine months or more, (along with the ups and downs of the US elections) the other riots, rebellions, and disturbances around the globe are not even reported.
Month: November 2020
We’ve been talking about libraries of free images, now we’re going to introduce you to a library of free digitized books.
Since 2004, Google has partnered with libraries and publishers around the world to preserve books and make the information accessible to people everywhere. To date there are more than 40 million titles scanned.
By Jay Barrett
I awoke two hours later than usual at 8:30 a.m. The light, brightening off-white plaster walls of my bedroom, announced the coming of another day. The ancient steam radiator of this century-old red brick building hissed loudly, slaving to push the room temperature above sixty. Weak sunlight, contributing no heat, slid through the gaps of lowered shades covering windows that faced Boston Harbor. Half asleep, I reached over to Ellen’s side of the bed, then remembered why she wasn’t with me, and sighed.
Amazon/KDP Reports used to be very confusing. With the arrive of KDP DASHBOARD, Amazon tried to make the reports more transparent, but they still need some explanation.
BTW, KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing. It is the publishing arm of Amazon and where you will find all your sales information.
Let’s try to make them more understandable.
An excerpt from “Family Tales from Tehran” by Manijeh Badiozamani
When I was four, I had a brief and unsuccessful encounter with something my parents called “kindergarten.” I have no idea how long I attended—perhaps a week or two—and then they stopped sending me. I have only one memory from this period.
By John W Prince
He stood there, leaning heavily on the rusty bicycle, pointing west on the eastbound road toward Russia; rags wrapped around the wheels of the contraption where rubber tubes and tires should be; ragged, dirty, hungry and exhausted; outside the broken fence of their burned-out farmhouse.
“Guten Morgen,” he said softly, as if asking a question.
Indie Authors in Your Local Library
If you’re an Indie author, you know how hard it is to market your book and get it in a library collection.
Now public libraries have gotten together and created The Indie Author Project. Authors are able to submit their e-book directly to their local public library to then be vetted by industry editorial partners and regional library editorial boards. Being selected by these curators can lead to expanded discovery, distribution, and networking opportunities.
Whoever said history was boring? Our forefathers used urine to tan animal skins, so families would pee in a pot. Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive, you were, “piss poor.” But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot. They “didn’t have a pot to piss in” and were considered the lowest of the low.
The 2021 Hallard Press Covid-19 Short Story Competition kicked off November 1 and entries will be accepted until December 15, 2020. The top five short stories (curated by the Hallard Press judging team) will run in the publisher’s online Breakfast Serial feature starting with the January 22, 2021 issue.
Well, no, Maybe? This is a question we get all the time. And the final answer is a lawyerly “Maybe.” Here’s how it works. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (better known as the “Berne Convention” because it was originally signed in Berne, Switzerland and has been amended several times …
Overtones of old books with hints of wood, leather and glue. West coast bookstores, Powell’s, has happened upon a new product for bibliophiles—“Powell’s by Powells.” According to reports by CNN they have developed a unisex perfume that “creates an atmosphere ripe with mood and possibility, invoking a labyrinth of books; secret libraries; ancient scrolls; and …