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Chicken Soup for the Soul now wants to do that to your stomach

The Guardian points to a particularly nausea-inducing case of cross-platform synergy – more than usual, even, where the words ‘cross-platform synergy’ are concerned – courtesy of those loveable pseuds at Chicken Soup for the Soul, the self-described ‘famous book publisher and world leader in life improvement, inspiration and wellness’. The world’s fuzziest purveyor of vague, unquantifiable claims (which is also a registered trademark that has laid claim to the url chickensoup.com) is no longer just a metaphor for the life lessons you can learn from your cat or NASCAR, but will soon give your actual insides a tangible hug with its new line of soups, if by ‘a tangible hug’ you mean ‘diarrhoea, probably’.

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Amazon taking this whole Indian Summer idea a tad literally

Evidently determined to prove that Barnes and Noble isn’t the only digital bookseller that can expand to new territories this week, why should it be?, Amazon is taking the Kindle to India. Hear that Barnes and Noble? That’s the second most highly populated country in the world – 1,241,491,960 people at last count, second only to China. ‘Suddenly getting a foot in the door of a market with a population of 62,641,000 doesn’t seem quite so great an achievement, does it?’ asked Amazon, as it got Barnes and Noble in a headlock, shoved it face first into the nearest toilet and encouraged it to ‘drink it up!’ as it hit flush. 

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6 questions for Katie Nicholls – Scout at Badcock & Rozycki Literary Agents [INTERVIEW]

Katie NichollsIf you were to job swap for a week; could you do what your colleagues do – and do it well? Could you manage a schools marketing campaign or an author tour? Could you line edit a cook book with consistency, while taking in changes from a live photo shoot?
 
How about the lesser known side of publishing? Think you could manage the rights sales for a third of the world for a week? Could you manage the production of a multi language printing? Or generate interest in a new launch just through your network of contacts like our interviewee below?
 
Katie Nicholls, of Badcock & Rozycki Literary Agents takes us through one of the more opaque sides of publishing: Scouting. Dib dib dib.

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Barnes & Noble bringing NOOK to the UK

Following Microsoft’s investment of $300 million earlier this year, leading American book retailer Barnes & Noble has revealed plans to expand outside of North America for the first time, bringing its Kindle-rivalling NOOK e-reader to UK shores this coming October. Offering an array of over 2.5 million books, magazines and apps, nook.co.uk will become fully operational upon the launch of the hardware, which will itself be made available through bodies which Barnes & Noble currently refers to only as ‘well-known UK partners’ (so roll up and place your bets now! I’m giving very fair odds on it being Elton John and David Furnish.)

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BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

First up, if you find yourself in or around Auld Reekie this evening, BookMachine Edinburgh is the place to be (from 6pm in Carters Bar), closely followed by Literary Death Match in The Guardian Spiegeltent from 9-ish. What more could you ask for from an evening of bookish entertainment?

On the site this week, there’s Beck To Release Most Backward Book Ever, and Bookaboo looking for submissions for new series. Then we had a rush of questions (and answers), including 6 questions for Wendy Toole of the SfEP, 6 Questions for Russell Kerridge of Imagewrite, and Five questions for Sophia Blackwell.

Elsewhere on the web, have you ever wondered Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published or Why Everything in Publishing Takes So Long? Do you agree that Publishing Is Broken, We’re Drowning In Indie Books – And That’s A Good Thing?

Meanwhile, As time ticks down, publishers and Authors Guild slam ebook settlement, we’re Cruising for a browsing (experience), it’s Rejection vs. Rock & Roll, and there’s some advice on Navigating the World of Literary Agents.

On the tech front, Daring Fireball is Thinking This iPad Mini Thing Even Througher, and finally, one for the social media types: Welcome to Medium.

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Book Burning Back in Fashion with 50 Shades Libricide

Book Burning! Join your neighbours for some 50 Shades hating!There aren’t many people I know who have come away from reading 50 Shades of Grey feeling they have experienced a well-written, deeply thoughtful piece of literature. In fact, I’d go so far as to wager there hasn’t been a single reaction to the book that has praised its ability to deal with serious relationship issues in a considered and useful manner. Most reviews I have read of the thing from various bloggers and critics think it’s trite bullshit.

Apparently, though, it’s such incredibly popular trite bullshit that a women’s rights group in the UK have taken it upon themselves to tell us we must under no circumstances read it, as the idea that a young, naive woman can have a relationship with an older, controlling man is ‘dangerous‘. To ensure we aren’t exposed to any unseemly ideas, they will be holding 50 Shades of Grey bonfire on November 5th.

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Author Care Assistant at Palgrave Macmillan [JOB POSTING]

BookMachine JobsAt Palgrave Macmillan we publish award-winning research on behalf of scholars at universities and institutes worldwide. We publish in both print and online. We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, talented Author Care Assistant to join our friendly, creative and hardworking team.

Reporting to the Author Marketing Manager, the Author Care Assistant will join a global marketing team responsible for author care and services. They will be the main contact for Palgrave Macmillan authors’ marketing queries.

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6 questions for Camilla Prince, host of BookMachine Oxford on 6th Sept [INTERVIEW]

Camilla Prince@Miss_PrinceyC (AKA Camilla Prince) graduated in 2010 after studying English and Classical Studies at the University of Reading. She now works in the digital team at Macmillan and is part of the social committee. Sophie O’Rourke interviews her about working in digital, hosting the next BookMachine Oxford event and publishing in general.
 

BookMachine Oxford is on 6th September at 6pm in the Ashmolean rooftop bar , you can sign up here:

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5 Questions for Andy Brown, Founder of The Underground Book Club [Interview]

Andy Brown - founder of The Underground Book ClubWhat I am about to tell you may both both shock and amaze, but I swear it is 100% true. There is a magazine featuring the first chapter from three new novels distributed to 10,000 commuters in and around London, and it is totally and completely free. That’s right: content distribution and discoverability innovation that isn’t digital.

The Underground Book Club is a free magazine, now on its fourth issue, of the same ilk as The Metro and The London Evening Standard, except instead of whacking you round the face with their massive horn for Boris Johnson and headlines whose puns are as subtle as a lead pipe to the kneecap, this magazine showcases incredible literature, helping authors find readers among commuters and spreading fiction far and wide. I caught up with Andy Brown, founder of The Underground Book Club, to find out what started it all, some of the challenges with the freemium model, and see where the Book Club is headed in the future. 

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Bookaboo looking for submissions for new series

Unless you’ve had regular contact with very small people over the past three years, you may be unaware of the existence of CITV’s pro-literacy kids show Bookaboo. Since 2009, 26 episodes have been broadcast starring the eponymous ‘rock puppy’, a drummer in a band who refuses to perform on stage (or maybe is physically unable to do so – it’s not entirely clear from the online research if this is actually some sort of psychological disorder) unless he is read a story by a celebrity guest (well, their being a celebrity isn’t a crucial requirement, it seems, but it tends to be the way of things). His problem is summed up by what appears to be his catchphrase, ‘a story a day or I just can’t play’. No word as yet on whether or not he’s also a kung fu hippie from gangsta city.

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