ALIVE & KICKING
Pew Research has conducted yet another survey and learned that 88 percent of Americans under 30 years of age read at least one book this past year. In fact, young Americans (millennials) are more likely to read than their older counterparts. The Pew report states only 79 percent of adults 30 years of age and older read a book in the same year. As Mark Twain might quip if he were alive today, rumors of the novel’s death are greatly exaggerated.
First, the good news. We have just learned from H&R Block that there are more libraries than McDonald’s restaurants in this country. More books than burgers. Libraries offer so much these days but what’s interesting is that 51 percent of people who visit libraries are simply looking for a safe and quiet place. The bad news, according to this infographic, is Americans spend three times as much on candy than they do on books. Well, I guess, this is sweet news for dentists.
FIRE SALE FOR FIRE PHONE
The same week Apple released a smartwatch and a new iPhone 6, Amazon reduced the price of its fancy Fire phone to a mere 99 cents. Yes, you read that right, Amazon’s new smartphone can be yours for 99 cents with the purchase of a two-year contract with AT&T, the exclusive carrier. Buyers of the phone will still be entitled to a year of Amazon Prime for free. So far sales in the U.S. have been disappointing, but that isn’t going to deter Amazon from trying its luck in the United Kingdom. According to the latest e-bulletin from Bookseller, Amazon is tripling its workforce in London.
YOUR BRUSH WITH SELFIE
It can’t be the year of the selfie without some selfie accessories. When it comes to social media, you know you have to look good at all times – especially when everyone else does. No problem, just whip out your selfie brush iPhone case. It’s the social media tool that promises to add volume to your luscious locks and give you the perfect angle for that perfect selfie. Only 25 American dollars.
UNDER EAST AFRICAN SKIES
Self-publishing knows no borders and the publishing industry is changing worldwide, so it’s no surprise that East African writers are also embracing the self-publishing movement and publishing in a wide variety of genres. Author Aleya Kassam shares her insights and observations here.
IN DEFENSE OF AMAZON
While Author United is preparing its next anti-Amazon initiative, author Neil Pollack has decided to speak out in defense of Amazon. Pollack credits Amazon for resuscitating his career and says Amazon is a lifeline for many writers. There is backlash, however, as the one bookstore that helped Pollack early in his career now refuses to stock his Amazon-published books.
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BEST OF AUGUST
IndieReader is happy to share some exciting new discoveries monthly. The self-published books earning our top reviews and four to five stars (ie IndieReader Approved) for the month of August are depicted here. Read our best on Pinterest.
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