Zola Books Makes iOS App Social

Zola Books has updated its iOS reading app. The update comes a couple of months after the company acquired the social recommendation app Bookish.The acquisition brought new technology and social sharing capabilities to Zola. With the new update, Zola is adding the ability for readers to add comments in a book on a line by line...

TED Partners with Simon & Schuster to Publish ‘TED Books’

TED Conferences LLC and Simon & Schuster will partner together to publish a 12 title series called TED Books. Renowned book designer Chip Kidd, a past TED speaker, will create the cover art for all of the projects. The publisher plans to release one book every one-to-two months beginning in September 2014. Some of the books...

Islam in the Heartland of America by Imam Omar Hazim Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: Islam in the Heartland of America Genre: Religion/Spirituality Author: Imam Omar Hazim Publisher: Xlibris EBook: 279 pages Release Date: January 28, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-45685-798-1 “The purpose of this book is to inform and educate the general public of how Islam is taught in a mosque in the heartland of America. It includes the Friday...

So What Do You Think by Clair Swinburne Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

ABOUT SO WHAT DO YOU THINK Title: So What Do You Think Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth Author: Clair Swinburne Publisher: iUniverse EBook: 112 pages Release Date: July 28, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-46202-936-5 This psychology guide for teens presents an overview of how the mind works to give you a clearer understanding of how to look after...

‘The Fixed Trilogy’ Leads theSelf-Published Bestsellers List, Again

The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige continues to lead 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. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each...

Naomi Shihab Nye: ‘Read it slowly, and more than once, if you love the poem.’

Happy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with author Naomi Shihab Nye. Throughout her writing career, Nye has penned short stories, fiction books, and poetry collections. Some of the honors she has received include the the Jane Addams Children’s Book award, the...

Matthew C. Baldacci Named VP of Marketing at Scholastic Trade Publishing

Matthew C. Baldacci will join Scholastic’s trade publishing team as vice president of marketing in late April. In his new role, Baldacci will manage the marketing and brand strategy for all the imprints within the trade publishing division. He reports to the division’s president, Ellie Berger. continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in...

Atlantic Records Hosts Instagram Contest For ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Soundtrack

Want to contribute a few words to music video for The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack? Author John Green announced on his blog that Atlantic Records is accepting instagram pieces with “a word or phrase of encouragement.” The organizers behind this contest “will pick their favorite entries and include them in the music video.” To...

Kickstarter Poetry Project Remixes Art with Monkeys

Doodler Alan J. Hart has raised more than $4,600 on Kickstarter for his poetry project, Everything’s Better with Monkeys. The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing 500 books. Hart has written a lengthy poem pondering about the adding monkeys to art pieces by René Magritte, James McNeill Whistler, and Vincent Van Gogh. To...

Publishing Jobs: Oxford University Press, Harlequin, Quarto Group

This week, Oxford University Press is hiring a senior designer, and Harlequin needs an associate editor. Meanwhile, Quarto Group is seeking an acquiring editor, and Trident Media Group is on the hunt for a literary assistant. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Designer Oxford...

UK Army Tries to Block Book They Commissioned

The Ministry of Defence in the UK is trying to block a book that it commissioned on the organization’s campaign in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The organization commissioned Mike Martin, a captain in the Territorial Army, to write the book entitled, An Intimate War – An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict 1978-2012. He has since quit over the dispute. The...

Does the English Language Drive You Crazy?

Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffit, the co-creators of the AsapSCIENCE YouTube channel, have written a poem called “English Is Crazy!” The two collaborators posted a poetry video on their second channel, AsapTHOUGHT, featuring Moffit as the narrator. The Huffington Post lists some of the reasons why English can cause frustration; “grammar rules can be inconsistent,...

Samuel L. Jackson Performs ‘Boy Meets World’-Themed Slam Poetry

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Django Unchained actor Samuel L. Jackson recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and performed slam poetry about the 90′s American sitcom, Boy Meets World. In the video embedded above, Jackson makes references to the Corey-Topanga love story, the Corey-Shawn bromance, and Eric’s infamous “Feeny” call. According to Mental...

Michael Lewis, Mo Willems, & Emma Donoghue Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 06, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis: “Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out...