Facebook Is Cracking Down on Buzzfeed-Style Clickbait

It looks like anyone working to reverse engineer the FB news feed algorithms will need to start anew; Facebook announced a couple of changes which will change what you read. Much to the chagrin of Upworthy, Buzzfeed, and The Onion’s Clickhole, your new news feed will show fewer clickbait titles and more link and excerpt style… Read More »

On Tablets, Summer Reading, and Parental Role Models for Young Readers: How Schools and Libraries Can Together Connect the Dots

It’s summer. Is your child reading—one way to guard against a seasonal slump? Oh, and here’s a very much related question. Are you reading? “You are a role model for your children,” writes Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., a board-certified neurologist as well as a former middle school teacher. “When they see you reading books, not just for specific reasons but also… Read More »

Kindle eBook Deals (8 August 2014) – Ray Guns, Robots, and Romulans, oh my

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals for today include Slingshot by Matt Dunn, Me and My Big Mouse by Ethan Long, and other titles. Only the SF title looked interesting to me today so instead I found a couple additional SF titles I wanted to buy. Speaking of SF&F, did you know that you can still get… Read More »

Amidst Growing Publisher Interest, Scribd Adds Titles from National Geographic, Boosts Catalog to 500,000 Titles

Fresh from adding new ways to browse their catalog, Scribd has revealed this week that they have added new titles to their catalog. In addition to titles from OR Books, Princeton University Press, and Legend Press, Scribd is now offering titles published by National Geographic. This organization is best known for its magazine, but it… Read More »

Lagardère Reports Hachette eBook Sales Down in the US, Says There’s “No Deadline” to Resolve Contract Dispute with Amazon

Hachette revealed today that their US ebook sales declined in the first 6 months of 2014. Hachette’s parent company, the French media conglomerate Lagardère, released their mid-year financial report today. They did not release specific details on Lagardère Publishing’s performance in US, UK, France, and other markets, but we do know that revenues for the… Read More »