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Random House Curated Flipboard Magazines

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 11.27.52 AMPublishing house Random House has partnered with Flipboard as the first book publisher to curate content for the news curation app.

The partnership launches with two custom digital magazines dedicated to authors — one curated by novelist Margaret Atwood and the second about the works of author George R.R. Martin curated by Westeros.org. Atwood’s digital publication is called MaddAddam’s World.  Both include new writing from each author, along with lots of images chosen by the authors. Atwood’s Flipboard is based on her new novel MaddAddamm, and Martin’s is a collection of all things related to the author’s worlds.

These Random House publications are included in sections curated by Flipboard’s editorial team. App users can discover the magazine in sections including: books, culture, tech, and Flipboard picks. In addition, Flipboard is promoting the new publications with an exclusive “Red Couch” interview with Random House authors including Atwood.

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Byliner Launches iPad App

Byliner, the online publisher that releases short fiction and non-fiction stories, has launched an iPad app. Byliner’s stories are short enough to read on your coffee break, or your subway ride to work. “Think of us as dim sum for hungry minds,” the website boasts.

The app gives subscribers unlimited access to Byliner’s curated library of stories. The digital publishing platform includes stories from authors including: Nick Hornby, Ann Patchett, Carl Hiaasen, Jane Smiley, Jon Krakauer, and Margaret Atwood. The site publishes exclusive stories every week. In January, the company began running Atwood’s original series Positron, for instance.

iPad users can search the app by author, topic, or by how much time they have to read to find stories to read. Subscriptions cost $9.99 a month.

Katie Couric’s Favorite App is ‘Words With Friends’

Katie Couric‘s favorite app is Words With Friends, the social word game from Zynga that lets users connect with friends online.

The veteran television journalist told USA Today that she likes the app, “Because I love words, I love my friends, and I’m very competitive. And I can play it at 3 a.m. when I can’t sleep!”

Wondering what kinds of apps other media figures like? Check out our column, What’s Your Favorite App? in which we speak to tech and media professionals about which apps they can’t live without. We’ve spoken to executives from Disney Publishing, LinkedIn, Bottle Rocket Apps, and Zinio, as well as authors including Margaret Atwood and Jeff Corwin.

BiblioCrunch Partners With Wattpad

BiblioCrunch, a community where self-published authors can find professional services like editorial and design feedback, has partnered with digital publishing community Wattpad to enhance services for its premium level users.

Here is more from the BiblioCrunch blog: “Now, in addition to accessing BiblioCrunch’s author and promotion services, Premium authors on BiblioCrunch can submit their stories directly for submission to Wattpad’s Featured Stories directory, all from one location on BiblioCrunch. The Featured section highlights hand picked stories on Wattpad.”

Users whose stories end up on Wattpad could possibly catch the eye of author Margaret Atwood, a fan of the community who also posts stories there.

What’s Your Favorite App, Margaret Atwood?

What’s Your Favorite App, Margaret Atwood?

MA: Wattpad. Wattpad allows people to read and write on their phone, and on tablets and computers. It is free. It is of particular interest to kids who don’t have credit cards or people in developing countries, or to young writers who may not want their peer group to read their seedy romances. On Wattpad, they can call themselves ‘Flames of Steel,’ and release it to an audience of readers. It builds out access to reading and writing.

It is not a market for writers, but it is an entry way for writers. A couple of their writers have gone on to get contracts with publishers. It’s in 25 languages and a number of those are in parts of the world that are not going to have those things that we take for granted, such as bookstores and libraries.  Read more

Margaret Atwood Raises $89,000+ for Fanado

Novelist Margaret Atwood and a team of developers are raised more than $89,000 for Fanado–a mobile app that will allow passionate fans around the world to interact with their favorite artists. They reached their fundraising goal with less than three days to go.

In the video embedded above, Atwood introduced the new tool. The app will give fans a peek at the artist’s writing desk, recording studio or workspace, talking to their favorite creator in digital space and getting a real souvenir from the meeting.

Check it out: “Fanado is where artists meet audiences beyond the reach of the press tour, without the expense and hassle but with safety and control. Anytime and anyplace: meet, greet and sign; save money and earn revenue; delight fans and discover new ones. Create and archive shows. Promote real world events with Fanado’s virtual ones. Fanado values your time, expands your reach, engages your audience and keeps you in control. It is live and intimate, with a ‘Kodak Moment’ stickiness that will make it the most effective tool in your social media mix.”

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Margaret Atwood Raising Money for App to Connect Artists & Fans

Novelist Margaret Atwood and a team of developers are raising $85,000 to build Fanado–a mobile app that will allow passionate fans around the world to interact with their favorite artists.

In the video embedded above, Atwood introduced the new tool. The app will give fans a peek at the artist’s writing desk, recording studio or workspace, talking to their favorite creator in digital space and getting a real souvenir from the meeting.

Check it out: “Fanado is where artists meet audiences beyond the reach of the press tour, without the expense and hassle but with safety and control. Anytime and anyplace: meet, greet and sign; save money and earn revenue; delight fans and discover new ones. Create and archive shows. Promote real world events with Fanado’s virtual ones. Fanado values your time, expands your reach, engages your audience and keeps you in  control. It is live and intimate, with a ‘Kodak Moment’ stickiness that will make it the most effective tool in your social media mix.”

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