There are so many links I come across and there is not enough time to write longer posts about all of them. Borrowing an idea from Ben Dowdy and his Misfill feature at The Pen Addict, I have started sharing these links in a blog post with a short description about why each article is interesting for authors.
- Powell’s names a New CEO (Oregon Live) – The prominent Portland-based independent bookstore names a new CEO to take over for owner Emily Powell.
- Writing a book: is it worth it? (Martin Kleppmann) – The answer is yes, if it sells. Kleppmann had the second best selling book in O’Reilly catalogue last year. Since 2014, he has sold over 100,000 copies and received almost $500K in royalties. Kelppmann also discusses the additional professional work it has generated and altruistic benefits of more education in the world.
- We dive into a new archive of over 1,000 book covers from the Arab world (It’s That Nice) – Moe Elhossieny quit his job earlier this year and started to do “the things I like the most and enjoy doing.” One of those things was a Arabic book cover design archive. They currently have 1,000 covers archived and have plans to get to 5,000 examples. You can see their collection on their Instagram account.
- A Lot of Data and a Little Singing: How The Times’s Best-Seller List Comes Together (New York Times) – In their Times Insider column, the three person team that puts together the weekly and monthly bestseller lists talk about what they do. They discuss the very general process and what it takes to compile all of the titles and the data each week.
- Heroquest Game System (Hasbro) – Very interesting to see the major board game company using an internal crowdfunding system to launch a new game.
- My wife recently passed away. I used my time off to build her the giant bookshelf she always wanted (imgur) – This one got me a little misty-eyed. The opening photo is the bookshelf.