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‘The Washington Post’ To Publish eBook Series

The Washington Post has teamed up with book publisher Diversion Books to produce an exclusive series of Washington Post branded eBooks.  Each book (which will be about 75-100 pages long) will be focused on a specific topic and will feature content from the Post’s archives.

The first title is about Watergate, the scandal which the newspaper broke forty years ago. Called The Original Watergate Stories, the book will include a new introduction by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and is slated for release in September. The Post will release two additional eBooks in late October.

Vince Bzdek, deputy national politics editor for The Washington Post, had this to say about the new series: “We’re thrilled about this new partnership, which will allow us to reach new audiences with our journalism and give Washington Post readers – and writers – access to an exciting new forum. Teaming up with Diversion also means we can gather together all our reporting on newsworthy topics and create real-time eBooks on those topics.”

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Washington Post Has New Video For iPad App

The Washington Post has a new iPad app and a new video to help promote it. The Post called upon veterans Bob Woodward and Ben Bradlee to act in the spot.

The ad positions Woodward as an old guard reporter. He first appears on screen typing about how “news comes together” on his typewriter and when he first sees the iPad app he questions what a “homescreen” is?

Ben Bradlee has a modern take on things and helps explain to the veteran reporter how the app works. He even comments on how he likes the gossip surrounding the stories and ends the spot saying, “These kids think tweets twit themselves.”

Via The Huffington Post.

New Media Index: Bloggers Curl Up with Bob Woodward's Obama's Wars; Tweeters Tweet About Twitter Security Breach

Obama’s Wars, Bob Woodward‘s new book about internal debate over the war in Afghanistan within the administration of President Barack Obama, was the subject of the most news links shared by bloggers, while the most-Tweeted links were about the Twitter security flaw that directed users of Twitter.com to third-party Web sites, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was also Twitter-related — an ad for the new Twitter homepage featuring its new bird logo — according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Sept. 20-24.

The book by the former associate editor of The Washington Post, best known for his role in uncovering the Watergate scandal, accounted for 35 percent of news links shared via the blogosphere, and Woodward’s former employer also accounted for the rest of the top five: major health insurers deciding to stop offering new child-only health plans rather than complying with rules in the new healthcare law requiring plans to accept children with pre-existing conditions, at 14 percent; the local ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., firing veteran anchor Doug McKelway, at 8 percent; the accusation that members of the Stryker Combat Brigade in Afghanistan killed Afghan civilians for sport, at 7 percent; and the nation’s largest mortgage companies using a single document processor who said he signed off on foreclosures without having read the paperwork, at 6 percent.

Twitter’s “onMouseOver” security breach accounted for a staggering 58 percent of news links shared via Twitter, and it was followed by: Mashable’s posting of the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at 7 percent; a BBC article about a woman who successfully fought off a bear with a zucchini, at 5 percent; a Wired story on Apple approving a media player for the iPad, also at 5 percent; and another Wired offering about T-Mobile claiming that it had the right to censor text messages, at 4 percent.

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