Game of Phones: A Card Game That Actually Uses Your Smartphone

eBookNewser - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 16:00

Game of Phones is a game that can be a fun way to get your friends to play with you in real life – especially if you can’t get them to down their phones in order to play real games.

The premise is simple and works similarly like Cards Against Humanity, with only as much offensiveness as your smartphone :

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Sherlock Holmes: the many identities of the world's favourite detective in pictures

Guardian Books - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 15:52

According to our readers, Sherlock Holmes is the perfect way to get back into the reading habit. But how does his appearance on the page compare to his screen incarnations? And if you've never investigated the world's most famous detective, then where should you begin?

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Q&A: Cinema Politica’s Ezra Winton on launching a self-published book

Quill & Quire Blog - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 15:40

Svetla Turnin, filmmaker John Greyson, academic Tom Waugh, and Ezra Winton

Last week, Montreal’s Cinema Politica launched its first book, Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism, a compendium of writing by filmmakers, activists, and academics to mark the non-profit organization’s 10-year anniversary.

What began as a screening series of independent political films at Concordia University has, over the past decade, expanded into a vast network of more than 100 community and campus chapters across Canada and beyond. True to the organizations’s independent, anarchist roots, co-founders Svetla Turnin and Ezra Winton decided to self-publish the book – and come up with a distribution plan that excludes chain bookstores and multinationals like Amazon.

Q&Q talked with Winton about the self-publishing process.

How did the book come together? About a year ago at our board meeting we were talking about the approaching ten year anniversary of our organization, and we felt like it would be nice to have some kind of cultural artifact that serves as a marker, that acts as interpretive material for the films, and that also would give us a chance to articulate this important intersection between documentary and activism that we are so invested in. We just said, “Well, why don’t we make a book?”

Why did you decide to go the self-publishing route? Since we know designers and printers, we thought we would do it ourselves.

The person who designed our website and basically everything for us is Kevin Lo and he designed the book. We’ve worked for the last 10 years with the same printers here in Montreal called Kata Soho. They’re a community printing press and very much connected with the activist community, so we knew we’d work with them.

Did you ever consider going with an established publisher? We didn’t, because we wanted to be able to control the content and the price, so we could keep the book accessible. Also, working with an academic process is a very slow process. We had a tight time frame.

We’re getting really good response from the book. If we don’t go bankrupt from doing this, we’re thinking of doing another one on a related subject and approaching an academic press to collaborate.

How did you choose contributors? We just kind of used a snowball procedure where we contacted filmmakers and academics that we knew. For instance, a filmmaker named Shannon Walsh, whose films we’ve shown, wrote a chapter. Another academic in Atlantic Canada, Darrell Varga, I heard him give a really great talk about documentary and utopia, and we asked him if we could publish the talk.

The second tier was approaching activists and people we work with. We asked Kristen Fitzpatrick at Women Make Movies in New York to write a short piece, because they’re one of our favourite distributors. And then Svetla and I wrote a long introduction where we tried to give shape to this abstract idea of documentary activism.

Will there be a digital edition of the book? There will be. We’re focusing on selling the hard copies right now. As we approach a break-even point, we’re going to release an ebook version that will be cheaper.

How did you approach practical publishing decisions given that you’re pretty new to this? It’s been a steep learning curve and kind of ad hoc decision making for sure. Three people have been advisers on the book: Marc Glassman, who ran the Pages bookstore in Toronto for over 30 years; Larissa Dutil from the Co-op Bookstore here at Concordia; and David Widgington, who ran a small publishing company called Cumulus Press from 1998 to 2008. We’ve been able to get some advice from them like how to price the book, which turns out to be quite tricky.

What’s your distribution plan? We have a four-pronged approach. We printed 1,000 books. We’ll be selling books online through our website. We’ll sell them at events like the Social Forum in Ottawa, the Anarchist Book Fairs, and other independent book fairs. We’re also hoping our local chapters will sell them at their events. We’re giving them a bulk price so they can use the book as a fundraising tool as well. Then there are the independent bookstores and libraries.

We’ve decided not to work with Amazon because of their poor labour record. I guess Amazon is increasingly the way people are getting their books, but the flip side of it is that there are fewer and fewer bookstores.

This interview has been edited and condensed. 

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Apple Developing Song Identification Features for iOS 8 With Shazam

eBookNewser - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 15:00

Shazam, the music identification app is coming to Apple iTunes via Siri – according to reports by Bloomberg. Anonymous sources  from teh London startup hinted at the collaboration as a feature in the upcoming iOS 8 launch, expected on June 2 of this year during Apple’s annual developer conference. continued…

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Cover to Cover: Janet Munsil’s That Elusive Spark

Quill & Quire Blog - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 15:00
Click on the thumbnails to see how designer Natalie Olsen draws on a 19th-century industrial accident to suggest the story and themes in Janet Munsil’s play That Elusive Spark (Playwrights Canada Press).

This feature appeared in the April 2014 edition of Q&Q.


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Decline in male readers alarms authors

Guardian Books - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 14:23
Andy McNab stresses need to 'keep boys reading because once they stop, they never start again'

The bestselling author Andy McNab has spoken out about the importance of keeping boys reading, in the wake of a survey which found that men are turning away from books in record numbers.

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The genre debate: We don't think of Dickens as a historical novelist

Guardian Books - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 14:08
In the first of a series on literary definitions, novelist Gaynor Arnold wonders why have separate genres at all. For the convenience of booksellers? For lazy readers?'

I'm generally regarded as a writer of literary fiction but I have also chosen to write two novels which are set in the past, so I have a foot in the historical camp as well. This difficulty in deciding where I stand as an individual convinced me that the whole idea of "genre" is simply unhelpful. There is a huge overlap between literary and genre fiction to the point where the labels become meaningless.

To take a personal example: when I had written my novel Girl in a Blue Dress, I didn't initially think about sending it to our local Birmingham publisher. I didn't think it would fit in with the kind of cutting-edge contemporary fiction Tindal Street Press was generally accepting at the time.

My novel was set in the 19th century and not really their cup of tea (I thought). But they made it clear that their only criterion was: is it good writing? That consideration transcended any narrow view about genre. Without that encouragement, I might never have been published, and my writing career might never have taken off. A valuable lesson.

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Front/Back Selfie App Finally Comes to Android

eBookNewser - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 14:00

Selfie photo app, Front/Back came to iPhones in September of 2013. Since then, the app has been growing a healthy userbase to 1 million downloads, doubling in the last month alone.

With the new Android app, users will have the same feature as the iOS version.  Each photo captured with Front/Back is a collage that that can be shared to your favorite social networks like Facebook or Twitter. continued…

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10 books to get men reading

Telegraph - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 13:05
63 per cent of men think they don't read enough. Here are 10 titles to reverse that trend

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Ten books to get men reading

Telegraph - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 13:05
As a survey declares that 63 per cent of men think they don't read enough, this is our list of recent titles - fiction and non-fiction - that can get men back to books

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Off the Map by Alastair Bonnett review A tour of Google Earth

Guardian Books - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 12:00
John Gallagher is frustrated by an examination of our sense of place in the world that skips the big questions and relies too much on armchair geography

The master-harpooner of Moby-Dick is Queequeg, the South Pacific islander, of whose home Ishmael says: "It is not down in any map; true places never are." In recent years, our interest in non-places, borderlands, urban "gutterspaces" and shifting islands has increased. Alastair Bonnett goes in search of them in Off the Map, setting out on a journey to "uncharted territory, to places found on few maps and sometimes on none". Bonnett offers 47 short essays that explore "lost spaces, invisible cities, forgotten islands, feral places, and what they tell us about the world".

These places (and non-places) range from the mundane a Newcastle traffic island; an airport parking lot to the spectacular: underground urban labyrinths, and the gloriously named Pacific Trash Vortex. His essays take in uneasy spaces, too shifting and disputed borderlands, lived-in graveyards, abandoned cities and dried-out lakes.

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EL Doctorow wins Library of Congress prize for American fiction

Guardian Books - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 11:22
Fifty-year career wins over jury for 'chanelling the US's myriad voices' in novels such as Ragtime and Billy Bathgate

America's "very own Charles Dickens", EL Doctorow, is set to be honoured with the Library of Congress prize for American fiction this summer.

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Jazz Me Blues, by Chris Barber: review

Telegraph - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 11:10
Trombonist Chris Barber marks 65 years as a bandleader with an autobiography about his life in music and some of the blues and jazz stars, such as Muddy Waters and Van Morrison, who have meant so much to him

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10 best novels about Africa

Telegraph - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 11:00
From VS Naipaul's A Bend in the River to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun

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