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Social Media Newsfeed: Google+ Identity | Twitter Lawsuit

Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. Google Drops All Real-Name Restrictions for Google+ (The Next Web) After years of complaints, Google has finally dropped the real-name restrictions on its Google+ network. Show More Summary

‘Act of War’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

6 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

 Act of War by Brad Thor has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James...Show More Summary

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Turns 50

Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory turns 50 this year. To commemorate the occasion, Penguin Young Readers has released a new paperback edition of the novel and is running its own golden ticket sweepstakes. Five young readers will win a trip to New York City and a VIP experience at Dylan’s Candy Bar. Show More Summary

How to be Lena Dunham’s Opening Act on Her Book Tour

Girls creator Lena Dunham is going on a tour to promote her new book Not That Kind of Girl, and you can apply to be her opening act in your local city. Check it out: “Think you’d make a great opening act for one of Lena’s events? Show...Show More Summary

Weird Al Yankovic Releases the ‘Word Crimes’ Music Video

What are your grammar pet peeves? Grammy Award-winning musician and picture book author Weird Al Yankovic has released a new music video for his song “Word Crimes” (a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”). The video (embedded above),...Show More Summary

US Military Involved in Controversial Social Experiments

Similar to Facebook’s controversial social experiment, The U.S. Defense Department conducts a range of social media experiments, including one project that analyzed how users understand and consume information on Twitter. Before the Facebook mood experiment drew the ire of privacy advocates, the media and Internet users, the U.S. Show More Summary

Scholastic’s Latest TombQuest Series Engages Readers on Multiple Platforms

Scholastic is bringing a new title to its online gaming/multi-platform book community called TombQuest. Joining the likes of The 39 Clues, Infinity Ring and Spirit Animals, TombQuest is an action adventure story set in ancient Egypt written by author Michael Northrop. Show More Summary

Would You Quit Facebook for 99 Days?

Dutch communications agency Just is encouraging Facebook users to give up the network for 99 days. The idea came about in response to Facebook’s recent mood experiments involving hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting users. It also follows...Show More Summary

Ireland a Literary Atlas: INFOGRAPHIC and Neoman Studios have collaborated on an infographic which explores the literary history of Ireland. The “Ireland a Literary Atlas,” graphic maps out the literary contributions of writers from many of the counties in Ireland. Show More Summary

Rachel Bressler Joins Plume as Editorial Director

Rachel Bressler has been named editorial director at Plume, an imprint at Penguin Random House. Bressler has devoted more than two decades to working in the book publishing industry. Her career history includes positions at Barnes &Show More Summary

Daniel Silva, Christina Nichol, Susan Choi, & Jenny Milchman Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date. Crime novelist Daniel...Show More Summary

Keisha Castle-Hughes May Join the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast

Rumors have been swirling in Hollywood that actress Keisha Castle-Hughes may join the Game of Thrones cast for season five. Hughes, an Academy Award nominee, will likely play one of Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters (known as the “Sand...Show More Summary

The Post-Privacy Era

No, we aren't harvesting and selling your information. But somebody is.

Words That Drive Social Media Shares [INFOGRAPHIC]

Powerful, persuasive words drive decision-making, so understanding how and when to use them on social media is important for your customers and your business. Just look to sites like Upworthy, which A/B tests up to 25 headlines for each...Show More Summary

Singapore Bans Children’s Books Featuring Gay Characters

The government of Singapore has banned children’s books featuring gay and lesbian characters. The regime has required the National Library Board (NLB) to destroy three children’s books including: And Tango Makes Three; The White Swan...Show More Summary

Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer Has Died

Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died. The South African writer was 90 years old. Gordimer, who was best known for speaking out against apartheid, wrote more than 30 books, including: The Conservationist, What Happened to Burger’s Daughter Or How South African Censorship Works, Something Out There and July’s People. Show More Summary

Find Your Niche and Start Small to Work Your Way to a Celebrity Ghostwriting Career

Celebrity ghostwriting is a lucrative, yet competitive field. For writers who want to collaborate with celebrities on penning their memoirs, it can be an exciting opportunity to tap into a new market. However, there are a few thingsShow More Summary

Archie to Take a Bullet For Gay Friend in Final Comic

Archie Comics is killing off its “Life with Archie” comic book series with a dramatic conclusion. The publisher announced the conclusion back in April, and the final issue comes out this week. Archie will die standing up for his gayShow More Summary

2014 ITW Thriller Award Winners Unveiled

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) have unveiled the winners of the 2014 ITW Thriller Awards. Check out the full list of winners below. Follow this link to view photos from the banquet celebration. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

How Famous Creatives Spent Their Days: INFOGRAPHIC

Have you ever wondered how much time Les Miserables author Victor Hugo spent sleeping? Or how many hours 1Q84 author Haruki Murakami devotes to writing? Podio has created an infographic called, “The Daily Routines of Famous CreativeShow More Summary

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