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‘Vain – Part Two’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

Vain – Part Two by Deborah Bladon leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Show More Summary

Accused Murderer Asked Siri Where to Hide the Body

Twenty-year-old murder suspect Pedro Bravo asked Siri where to hide a body on the night his roommate went missing. Prosecutors presented the jury with evidence of Bravo’s Siri request, “I need to hide my roommate,” along with his iPhone records indicating that Bravo used the flashlight function nine times in nearly one hour on the night in question. Show More Summary

Lev Grossman, Hampton Sides, & Sally Hogshead Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending August 10, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman: “Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. Show More Summary

Remembering Lauren Bacall Through Her Writing

Beyond being one of the greatest actresses of the 20th century, Lauren Bacall was also the author of three memoirs: By Myself; Now and By Myself and Then Some. “Writing a book is the most complete experience I’ve ever had,” she told The Los Angeles Times. Show More Summary

Julia Strand Carves Up Old Books to Create Artwork

Julia Strand uses old books to make art. The artist carves up the pages of old books and turns them into delicate scenes. The drawings and artwork from the books are framed within the book’s cover. PBS.org has more: “A cognitive psychologist who teaches at Carleton College in Minnesota, Strand works on her carvings in her spare time. Show More Summary

Experts Predict Technology Will Change the Way We Work

Technology has proven to be the great disruptor when it comes to work. The industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries shifted workers from farms to factories, and facilitated the rise of the American middle class. Now we’re...Show More Summary

YouTuber Michelle Phan Lands Book Deal

Beauty expert Michelle Phan has landed a book deal. Harmony, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will release Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off on October 21, 2014. Those who pre-order the book will...Show More Summary

‘Watson & Holmes’ Comic Series Featured on Kickstarter

New Paradigm Studios hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for the second volume of the Watson And Holmes series. This comics project re-imagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective duo as two African-Americans who live in New York City. The finished book will contain a collection of one-shot stories. Show More Summary

Great Catalog Idea

An inexpensive catalog that highlights wonderful books for kids can be a real boon to business.

‘Outlander’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/11/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

Online Readers Trust Wikipedia More Than Major News Outlets

Polarization is a growing concern in the social media landscape. As more activities find a home online, even online dating may have political impact. A common-knowledge resource like Wikipedia may be able to help, but do people trust...Show More Summary

Reading Print Versus Digital Increases Comprehension: Study

Reading a print book is better for comprehension than reading on a computer, according to a new report out of Norway. Researchers from at the Reading Centre of the The University of Stavanger conducted a study on a group of 10th graders and formed this conclusion. Show More Summary

Naomi Klein’s New Book Trailer

Author Naomi Klein, best known for the 2000 book No Logo, has a new book out about the impact of climate change on our economy called This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. In the book, Klein argues that climate change is...Show More Summary

Infographics Are the Selling Point of New Q&A Site Blopboard

Blopboard users are tied between “Dead Poets Society” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” A new social network called Blopboard taps into the Internet’s collective conscious to provide answers to users’ questions in infographic form. While still mostly...Show More Summary

Strand Book Store to Push Front List Sales With New Book Club

Strand Book Store is gearing up to launch a Signed First Editions Club, a subscription service that will help the store expand its front list inventory. “Strand has long been known as a destination for used and discounted books,” stated Carson Moss, the store’s frontlist book buyer. Show More Summary

Robin Williams’ Daughter Remembers Her Father With a Quote From ‘The Little Prince’

pic.twitter.com/UEtjQ1f2zS — Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014 Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late Robin Williams, shared a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince on Twitter and Instagram in remembrance...Show More Summary

The Madeline Exhibit Will Move to Amherst After NYC

The “Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans” exhibit will move from New York to Amherst in November. The show celebrates the artwork of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic children’s book series, in honor of the series’...Show More Summary

Christopher Walken to Play King Louie in ‘The Jungle Book’ Adaptation

Christopher Walken has signed on to star in the new Jungle Book movie re-make. The Oscar-winning actor will play the orangutan King Louie in Disney’s live action adaptation. TheaterMania reports that the movie will be released in October...Show More Summary

Former Aide Pens ‘Nixon’s Secrets’ Book

Roger Stone, a writer and former aide to President Richard Nixon, has penned a new book entitled Nixon’s Secrets. Stone (pictured, via) gave this statement in the press release: “Richard Nixon has been the subject of curiosity and public debate for six and a half decades. Show More Summary

Maxine Hong Kingston & Julia Alvarez Honored as Recipients of the National Medal of Arts

Writers Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alvarez have been awarded the National Medal of Arts. Here’s more from the press release: “The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. Show More Summary

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