‘A Christmas Carol: Trump Edition’ Featured on Kickstarter

christmascarolMichael C. Stewart has raised more than $1,200 on Kickstarter for A Christmas Carol: Trump Edition. The initial fundraising goal was set at $1,000. Follow this link to download a free digital copy of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. Here’s more from the Kickstarter web page: “This project is simple: I’m replacing each instance of Ebenezer and/or Scrooge in Dickens’ original text with Donald and/or Trump. That’s it. I’ll take the resulting text and publish an updated edition of the book.” Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

#100daysians Book Featured in Kickstarter

Felicia Liang has raised more than $4,100 on Kickstarter for the #100daysians book. The initial fundraising goal was set at $2,500. We’ve embedded a video about this project above. Click here to check out her instagram page. Here’s more from the Kickstarter web page: “I started this project as I thought about my upbringing and not seeing Asians in the media or in books and how I felt different from other kids at school. As I’ve grown older, I found it difficult articulating what it means to be an Asian American, to be someone straddling two different cultures, and dealing with microaggressions as both a minority and a female. So I turned to art. I crowdsourced ideas, found inspiration through conversations with friends, and weaved their experiences with my own.” Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising ...

Internet Archive Wants to Create a Safe Mirror in Canada

The Internet Archive, a non-profit library of free e-books, movies and music, is seeking funding to help keeps its efforts alive. One of the big projects on the horizon is to augment its existing mirrors and make a new copy in Canada, a response to potential censorship it might suffer under a Trump presidency. The project is not cheap and the group hopes to raise millions of dollars to help realize the goal. Here is more from the site:
We are building the Internet Archive of Canada because, to quote our friends at LOCKSS, “lots of copies keep stuff safe.” This project will cost millions. So this is the one time of the year I will ask you: please make a tax-deductible donation to help make sure the Internet Archive lasts forever.

(Via BoingBoing).

Deadpool Comic No. 1 Spot on the Google Play ‘Books of the Year’ List

DeadpoolWhat were the most popular books at the Google Play store this year? The data team crunched the numbers and announced that Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe claimed the number one spot. In addition to Marvel’s horror comic book, the list also features the eighth Harry Potter story, a romance novel, and a classic Chinese war treatise. Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books from the 2016 top five for your reading pleasure. Here’s more from the company blog post: “The Force and Harry Potter were no match for a different kind of superhero as Deadpool and Deadpool Kills the Universe dominated the movie and book charts this year. Game of Thrones kept The Walking Dead away to once again claim the Iron Throne as the most popular TV show of 2016. Twenty One Pilots had no need to feel ‘Stressed Out’ as their single came in as ...

Amazon Broke Records With Cyber Monday Device Sales

Amazon has reported that this year’s Thanksgiving Weekend was its best-ever holiday shopping weekend for devices ever, with Cyber Monday being a record breaking day. According to Adobe Digital Insights, Cyber Monday broke all online shopping records across the Internet, recording $3.45 billion in sales, up 12.1 percent from the same day last year and 2.6 percent more than Adobe initially predicted. On Cyber Monday Amazon’s device sales were up more than 2x last year with millions of devices sold. The Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Fire tablet, and Amazon Echo were the best-selling products from across manufacturers on the site. The company also revealed that Amazon Echo device sales were up 7x over last year’s Cyber Monday.

Jagadish Chandra Bose Gets a Google Doodle

Jagadish Chandra Bose Google Doodle (GalleyCat) Google has created a Doodle to celebrate the 158th birthday of Jagadish Chandra Bose. He has become well-known as a polymath whose résumé features a number of different job titles such as scientist, archaeologist, and science-fiction writer. Here’s more from the Google Doodle website: “Born in Bangladesh in 1858, Bose was to become known not only for his work in biophysics, but also his innovation in the world of radio and microwave sciences, ultimately inventing an early version of wireless telecommunication. As a testament to his numerous contributions to the field, a moon crater was named in his honor.” In the past, Google has crafted Doodles in honor of renowned playwright William ShakespeareWhere the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak, and Anne of Green Gables novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery. Here’s a video from Google headquarters spotlighting the artists behind the doodles. Which authors would you suggest as future Doodle subjects?

Bustle Has Launched a New Harry Potter-Themed Podcast

harry potter logoBustle has launched a new Harry Potter-themed podcast called “The Girls Who Lived.” Cristina Arreola, the book editor, and Emma Lord, an associate web culture editor, have agreed to serve as the hosts. For this podcast, Arreola and Lord will talk about a variety of Harry Potter-related news and topics. From time to time, special guests will also sit in on these conversations. The first episode features an examination on the badgers of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hufflepuff house. The second episode focuses on travel spots for Harry Potter fans to visit. Here’s more from the announcement: “Are you looking for insightful discussions about Ginny Weasley’s use of love potions? Are you looking for counterpoint debates about whether or not Hermione and Ron should’ve ended up together? Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a robust conversation about whether or not Colin Creevey really ...

Louisa May Alcott Gets a Google Doodle

Louisa May Alcotts Google Doodle (GalleyCat) Google has created a Doodle to celebrate the author behind the Little Women series, Louisa May Alcott. This year would’ve been her 184th birthday. Here’s more from the Google Doodle website: “Alcott volunteered as a nurse during the American Civil War, and her family’s home was a station on the Underground Railroad. She was active in the women’s suffrage movement and became the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts. Through it all, she wrote novels and short stories tirelessly, sometimes working 14 hours a day.” In the past, Google has crafted Doodles in honor of renowned playwright William ShakespeareWhere the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak, and Anne of Green Gables novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery. Here’s a video from Google headquarters spotlighting the artists behind the doodles. Which authors would you suggest as future Doodle subjects?

31 Famous Writers Sign Letter in Support of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden Photo (GalleyCat)31 writers have signed an open letter that features a request for President Barack Obama. These authors hope to persuade the 44th president of the United States to issue a pardon for the infamous whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Some of the participants include Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, and National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

“Having sworn an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, Snowden proceeded to do just that, by releasing the information he’d uncovered to reputable institutions of our free press, in accordance with Jefferson’s principle that ‘wherever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.’ We the people are now well informed, and yet the man who has risked his freedom in the interests of our better self-governance languishes in Russian exile, faced with the prospect of ...

Pop-Up Cake Cookbook Featured in Kickstarter

Katherine Sabbath hopes to raise $168,649 for Greatest Hits: A Pop-Up Cake Cookbook. We’ve embedded a video about this project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter web page: “This is most definitely not your ‘traditional’ cookbook! It’s a pop up art book (yippie!) which also contains a full set of comprehensive recipe cards. This enables you to happily cook and make a good ol’ mess whilst keeping your beautiful book all sparkly clean.” Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

Black Friday Deals on Books & E-Readers

Today is Black Friday and many booksellers are offering deals on books and reading accessories. Powell’s is offering 20 percent off + free shipping on its website. Barnes & Noble is offering a 30 percent off discount on everything it sells online and in stores. In addition, some books and toys are 50 percent off. Books-A-Million is offering $10 off of any $50 purchase, $20 off of a $100 purchase and $50 off of a $200 purchase online. Amazon is offering discounts on Kindle e-readers, as well as its Kinlde Fire tablet devices. In addition, the retailer is offering up to 85 percent off of select Kindle books including: Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Police Sketches of Literary Characters

Illustrator Brian Joseph Davis has created a series of images of famous literary characters using a police composite  software. He enters physical descriptions of these characters, as they are described in their books, and the software generates a sketch. Davis got the idea for The Composites project from James Elroy’s book, My Dark Places. He has published a book of the collection. Check it out:

Includes 45 images from throughout literary history, full-color design, an essay on the evolving nature of character and fiction in the digital age and excerpts from authors Herman Melville, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Victor Hugo, Bram Stoker, Gustave Flaubert, J.-K Huysmans, and Thomas Mann.

CNET Publishes New Story by Daniel Torday

Tech news site CNET has published a new short story from author Daniel Torday The news site has been expanding its literary endeavors. Recently, the site published the first-ever crowdsourced science fiction novel called, “Crowd Control.” Torday’s story, Amos Abrams Dreams of VR Tenure, is running on a new section of the site called Technically Literate, a new series of illustrated works of fiction that launched in March. The story is about a literature professor that teaches his course through a virtual reality game. Here is an excerpt from the story:

He entered a room that looked like a lounge in a Scandinavian ski chalet. A virtual fire was on in the virtual fireplace. Suspended midair over an ersatz Herman Miller sofa was a series of flags. He turned his head to the right, selected “1957” and hit the A button. He turned his head to the left, selected “Kenyon College” and hit ...

Jane Austen-Themed Travel Guide Featured On Kickstarter

Karin Quint hopes to raise $14,839 on Kickstarter for a travel guide entitled Jane Austen’s England. We’ve embedded a video about this project above. Follow this link to read an excerpt from this book. Here’s more from the Kickstarter web page: “Do you want to stand in the spot where Elizabeth Bennet said NO to Mr Darcy in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice BBC-series and the 2005 film? Have you always wanted to picknick on Box Hill, just like Emma Woodhouse? Or take a stroll on the Cobb in Lyme Regis like Anne Elliot and captain Wentworth did?” Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

James Welch Gets a Google Doodle for His 76th Birthday

  James Welch Google Doodle (GalleyCat) Google has created a Doodle to celebrate the renowned Native American writer, James Welch. This year would’ve been his 76th birthday. Here’s more from the Google Doodle website: “Thirty years ago, Welch published his best known work, Fools Crow, the story of the Blackfeet people during the period of post-civil war encroachment by Europeans. In this award-winning novel, the Blackfeet seek to continue traditional ways, and to avoid both contact and conflict. As a whole, Welch’s works emphasized the humanity of native peoples and their deep attachment to their homelands.” In the past, Google has crafted Doodles in honor of journalist Jane Jacobs, fairy tale writer Charles Perrault, and War & Peace novelist Leo Tolstoy. Here’s a video from Google headquarters spotlighting the artists behind the doodles. Which authors would you suggest as future Doodle subjects?

NY Times Crossword Puzzle App Now on Android Phones

unnamedThe New York Times is bringing its Crossword app to Android. The New York Times Crossword, edited by Will Shortz, can now be downloaded in the Google Play for free.

Crossword fans can access a free mini puzzle every day or subscribe to more in-depth puzzles and have access to the daily puzzle (as it appears in the paper), as well as decades worth of archived crosswords. A monthly subscription is $6.95, while an annual subscription costs $39.95 per year. NYT digital and home delivery subscribers get a 50 percent discount on Crossword subscriptions.

The app has a cool feature that lets users sync across devices. So if you start the puzzle on your iPhone, and you pick it up later on your Kindle, you don’t have to reenter what you have already completed.

Barnes & Noble Takes on Amazon With New Nook

nookBarnes & Noble has released a new Nook tablet to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The latest Nook model retails for $49.99, the same as Amazon’s Fire tablet. The new Nook has a 7-inch IPS display, weighs 8.8 oz and comes with 7 hours of battery life. The tablet comes with 8GB of onboard storage, which can be increased to as much as 128GB with a microSD card. It also features a 2MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera. The device will be available both in stores and online on November 25th, aka Black Friday.