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Go Read This | 7 Platforms Changing the Future of Publishing | Brain Pickings

Rushing to finish things, but this is worth a read. If I was betting I’d wager on Byliner and Red Lemonade, in both cases because I think they use the web to best effect AND show signs of having thought through the implications of digital distribution on publishing and the industry around it. I could be wrong, but that’s my two cents as it were:

Depending on whom you ask, these are either the best or the worst of times for the written word. As with every other branch of traditional media, the Internet has pushed the publishing industry to a critical inflection point, something we’ve previously discussed. Disrupting the mainstream marketplaces for journalism, literature, and the fundamental conventions of reading and writing themselves, here are seven startups that promise to reshape the way we create and consume ideas.

via 7 Platforms Changing the Future of Publishing | Brain Pickings.

An LA Trip

So I travelled to LA for the LA Times Festival Of Books, an absolutely excellent event.

I was there to represent Irish Publishers at the Imagine Ireland stand and I was accompanied by a host of authors including Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Kevin Power, Peter Sirr, Tom McCarthy, Molly McCloskey, Brian Dillon and Joe Woods. Joe had a dual role, he was also representing Poetry Ireland alongside Jane O’Hanlon.

I had a great time and got to meet up with lots of folk while I was there including the wonderful Kassia and Kirk.

On the Thursday I took a trip down to the beach, Venice Beach, and took some pics. Hope you like them!

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Go Read This | The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like’ « OkTrends

I’m lucky enough to know very little about the online dating world or what it can teach us, that said, finding a new source of data about self expressed interests IS a fascinating thing.

The folks at the OKTrends blog from OKCupid have a thoroughly interesting post about the differences between races, as expressed by self selected groups of those races. Very interesting indeed!

As for the interests of white women, you have romance novels, some country music, and a broad selection of Good Housekeeping type stuff. It’s also amazing the extent to which their list shows a pastoral or rural self-mythology: bonfires, boating, horseback riding, thunderstorms. I remind you that OkCupid’s user base is almost all in large cities, where to one degree or another, if you find yourself doing much of any of these things, civilization has come to an end.

via The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like’ « OkTrends.