Austin Kleon has just released his latest book, Show Your Work, which is a manual for artists and entrepreneurs that hate the idea of self-promotion, but want to find an audience for their work. If you want your work to get discovered, here are Austin Kleon’s 10 rules for sharing like an artist. Read More
Gary Vaynerchuk is lying to you.
He, and many like him, like to make lofty promises that if authors would just spend enough time on social media then they’ll sell tens of thousands of books.
Unfortunately, this is a lie. Social media doesn’t sell books.
C'est la guerre
Soon, reading a book might not even be a veritable means of escaping technology.
Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab are working on a project called “Sensory Fiction:” a “wearable book” that lets you experience emotions along with the story’s characters.
Americans are fond of wringing their hands over Amazon’s seemingly endless, Borg-like growth. Is there any hope for bookstores when Prime membership enables you to get free two-day shipping on cheap, brand-new hardcovers?
France, though, isn’t simply nattering anxiously. No, France is taking action. Legislators from the ruling Socialist Party and the conservative UMP have Read More
Human dream catcher Brit Morin is attempting to move beyond a website full of stolen Pinterest ideas into the realm of publishing. In fact, Ms. Morin is shopping a book called HOMEMAKERS: A Modern Guide to Creative Living in the Digital Age, and a tipster sent Betabeat the proposal, embedded below.
Peter Thiel, the dashing PayPal founder who was born when Ray Kurzweil and a unicorn cyborg mated beneath a full moon, is adding “author” to his long list of accomplishments. The New York Times reports that Mr. Thiel, a utopia-obsessed angel investor who spends a large chunk of his life convincing impressionable geniuses to eschew college degrees, is currently working on a book about “building companies” called Zero to One.
A report suggests Google is going to unite all its various chat products under the name “Babble.” We sincerely hope this is not part of another effort to make us all use Google+. [Geek.com]
“Sanders and Armstrong share something with the startup world as a whole: the arrogance of naivete. They see what they think is a problem. They think they’re the ones to solve it.” [Melville House]
Wait ’til the mayor sees this: There’s a couple of teens who review cigarettes on YouTube. Gross. [Daily Dot]
You can now climb every mountain with Google Street View. [L.A. Times]
Security researcher Brian Krebs tracked down the hacker who completely wrecked Mat Honan’s digital life. BRB, double-checking my two-factor authentication. [Ars Technica]
Reality Distortion Field
They make great presents, but books are deceptively difficult to give: You don’t want to buy some random bestseller off the front table at Barnes and Noble, but wander very far into the store and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with options. To lend a hand, we’ve combed through this year’s techie-targeted releases (and tossed in a couple of old favorites, as well).
Tao of Steve
Even more so than other industries, tech startups are full of incurable optimists, prone to pronouncements about how this SoMoLo app is totally going to change grocery shopping forever and ever, man. Moderation isn’t exactly enshrined as a virtue, and everyone wants his very own Steve Jobs effect.
Hence, we can’t help but feel bad for anyone whose boss gets his hands on a copy of Trevor Blake’s new book, Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life, in which he apparently argues that Negative Nancies are actually quite bad for you. According to a recent interview with Inc.:
Steve Jobs’ biography was recently leaked to the press—or purchased off the back of a truck, however you’d like it—and with the leak came a flurry of revelations about the recently-deceased technological revolutionary whose death was mourned worldwide. Many of these sneak peeks concerned his not-so-friendly side; in other words, the juiciest tidbits about him.