Jul 17, 2015

Random Articles, Special Edition - RAW 150717

What is so special about this week's RAW?  Under the normal random offerings I have placed the short listed nominations for the inaugural BooktubeSFF Awards.  I reported on this in the post '2015 Nebula Winners Plus Something New'. They will be conducting some read alongs for the nominations, so if you are interested you can follow along via their GoodReads group or Tumblr page.

The Goodreads group: http://bit.ly/awardsgroup

So sit back with your favourite beverage, pick up one of the short listed books and enjoy your weekend.  I'd be interested in trying this beverage, The Admrial,  it's a trappist!  Ha!

  • AAP Reports eBook Sales Down 7.5% in the First Quarter of 2015
  • How Does Your Library Encourage Reading?
  • What IS an Ebook?
  • Escaping the new media cargo cult
  • BooktubeSFF Awards - Short list announced.


AAP Reports eBook Sales Down 7.5% in the First Quarter of 2015

the-digital-reader.com - The Association of American Publishers confirmed today that the major publishers are feeling the first stings of the mad rush back to agency pricing. Read more...

How Does Your Library Encourage Reading?

goodereader.com - Many libraries are trying out new tactics in order to encourage people to read. Some are giving book recommendations on your checkout receipt based on the title you borrowed, while others track the number of books you read... Read more...

What IS an Ebook?

thebookdesigner.com - This may sound like a very simple question to answer, but it isn’t as straightforward as you might think, and being able to answer it correctly will make many of the thornier issues of creating ebooks just a bit easier. Read more...

Escaping the new media cargo cult

boingboing.net - Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore the Metrics. Read more...

BooktubeSFF Awards - Short list announced.

The BooktubeSFF Awards are taking place for the first time in 2015. The goals of the award are 1) To provide another avenue for the BooktubeSFF community to share, read, and discuss our favorite literary works published in the previous calendar year. 2) To recognize works the BooktubeSFF community believes are exceptional.

Best Novel


1. The Martian by Andy Weir (27)
2. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (20)

3. Lock In by John Scalzi (13)
3. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (13)
3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John-Mandel (13)

Best Young Adult Novel

1. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (14)
1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas (14)
2. Cress by Marissa Meyer (10)

Best Graphic Work

1. Rat Queens volume 1 by Kurtis J Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (19)
2. Saga volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (14)
3. Saga volume 3 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (12)

Best Short Work

1. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (8)
2. Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson (5)
3. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (4)
3. “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” by Matthew Kressel (4)

Find out more on the following pages:

The Goodreads group: http://bit.ly/awardsgroup
And the Tumblr page : http://booktubesffawards.tumblr.com

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