Archive for January, 2015

So, IS the 2016 Democratic Convention coming to Brooklyn???

Well, what do YOU think? Will the 2016 Democratic Convention come to Brooklyn…or not? Here’s a piece on Huffington Post I wrote about that very question….

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New Frontiers: Winners of Digital Book Awards 2015

In Brooklyn, everyone you meet is, or wants to be, a writer, it seems. (Either that or they play in a band…). And with so much of publishing moving away from the printed book and onto mobile reading devices, lots of writers are looking to publish online.

This week a conference of some 1,500 publishing types, writers, and publishing software experts convened in Manhattan to learn what’s going on industry wide, to worry over what disruptions Amazon might yet introduce, and to hear what’s new in the amazingly promising digital K-12 educational book market.

And, because it’s award season, there were also over a dozen awards presented.

So, if you want to know what’s going on in the digital frontiers of publishing, check these out. They include the MOMA’s first ever digital book, and eye-candy about Yosemite (especially for those of us stuck in the concrete jungle). As more and more titles move to digital format, there will be more opportunities for both readers and writers online.

The titles with an asterisk can be read on multiple devices, a nifty and desirable feature that we will see more of in the future.

Winners of Digital Book Awards 2015

  1. Adult fiction winners were Chinese Whispers*, by John Ashbery and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. Readable on an app: The Hope We Seek, by Rich Shapero, which the Village Voice called “a delirious fusion of fiction, music and art.”
  2. Adult nonfiction winners were, curiously, two thirds about women and fashion, and one third about how we live in a world of numbers:  Women in Clothes* by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, and Penny Chic: How to Be Stylish on a Real Girl’s Budget, by Shauna Miller. Readable on an app: Incredible Numbers, by Professor Ian Stewart.
  3. Children: From the You Choose: Scooby-Doo! series,  The Terror of the Bigfoot Beast*, by Laurie S. Sutton, and Virginia Wolf, by Kyo Maclear, created by Danielle Mulhall and Laura Brady. Readable on an app: Loose Strands, by Darned Sock Productions
  4. Reference: Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail*, by Richard F. Chambers, and Study It – English as a Second Language , and Picasso: The Making of Cubism 1912-1914,  the first digital publication by The Museum of Modern Art.
  5. Transmedia” category, which is tech-speak for using different platforms to tell your tale, the winner was We Are Angry, by Lyndee Prickitt,
  6. Education and Learning The Discovery Education Techbook Series, by Alycia Chanin.
  7. Ebook cover design was the gorgeous Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, by Kerry Tremain. Part of the book sales proceeds will be plowed back into the Yosemite Conservancy.

In its 6th year, the awards, presented at  the Digital Book Conference,   were sponsored by Blurb  and Kobo.  Congrats to the winners!

Cheapo’s tip: Some authors and publishers may offer first chapters for free as a teaser, which might be a good idea if you just want to check out this brave new frontier for free.

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