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Book Banning – Is it Right?

With the fairly recent (in our countries history, that is) ease of self-publishing, the notions of free spreech and no book banning are getting harder to defend.

Is it okay for people with, what the average person would say are, really out there ideas (e.g., the holocaust never happened, the government really took down the twin towers in NY…) to publish those out there ideas?

And what about hate speech/writing? Is that all right to sell in your local bookstore?

Read Ron Charles’s post on the Washington Post’s website and let me know what you think.

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Confessions of an accidental censor.

Source: A hateful, conspiracy-filled book just got harder to buy. That’s no cause for celebration. – The Washington Post

What’s in a Word Count: Novelettes, Novellas and Short Stories

 

Ever wonder what to call your story? Is it a novella, a novelette or perhaps a short story. Wendy Delmater explains the differences and gives her opinion on work count and writing – something I agree with, btw.

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Source: » A Professional Editor’s Perspective on Novelettes and Novellas

Writing Advice: Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury -Part 1.

I had no idea Ray Bradbury was still alive, let alone that he wrote a book on writing. It is not on my list. Thanks Tea and Biscut!

‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury is a classic book that you always find on those ‘100 books to read before you die’ lists. It’s a book that everyone has heard of and y…

Source: Writing Advice: Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury -Part 1. – A Cup Of Tea And A Biscuit

Elliott to buy Barnes & Noble; Daunt will run both chains 

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“In a seismic shift for the book trade, Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Barnes & Noble in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $683m (£537m), including the assumption of debt….”

I wonder what this will mean for us authors?What do you think?

Source: Elliott to buy Barnes & Noble; Daunt will run both chains | The Bookseller

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How ‘The Red Tent’ invented a new kind of fiction 


I don’t know if your familiar with “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. It came out in 1997, but I really enjoyed it. It was quite different in how it focused on the lives of the women in that era. I’d recommend it.

Source: How ‘The Red Tent’ invented a new kind of fiction | Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Publisher cancels Milo Yiannopoulos book ‘Dangerous’

Don’t know if you saw this interesting bit of news, but since we were discussing Milo’s book earlier, I thought you might like to know.

And who said your voice doesn’t matter?

Though he’ll either self-publish or find someone else who will publish it for him, I’m sure. It was ranked 83 on Amazon’s overall book list, after all.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ publisher has cancelled his planned book, “Dangerous.”

Source: Publisher cancels Milo Yiannopoulos book ‘Dangerous’

Cuban Book Embargo

Didn’t know if you were aware but there is a petition to convince our government to end the book embargo with Cuba.  This would be good for us as writers and readers.

Mark Coker has given you all the details  in the link below and the petition link is here as well. Please share!

Source: Smashwords