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Booktalk Nation Offers Virtual Author Readings

The Author’s Guild has introduced a new service to help authors and publishers save money on book tours and do readings and book signings from the comfort of their living rooms.

Booktalk Nation lets authors create digital events where the readers can dial in to hear an author read from their book, or watch videos online. Callers or web viewers can ask questions, as they would at a real life reading, using the platform. Check it out: “Authors are interviewed either by web video or by phone, with readers around the country watching and listening in. Readers can submit questions for the author. Host booksellers set up the events and affiliate booksellers around the country promote them.”

Readers can even order personalized copies of the book signed to them by the author online and have these books shipped to their homes. Independent bookstores can host these events and fill these orders. Read more

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Huffington Post Meets Publishers Weekly with The Gatekeepers Post

The publishing industry is a startups market, and its transformation is worth watching with a bucket of popcorn. Jeff Rivera, the book publishing executive and author (Forever My Lady,Warner Books, 2007, etc.) who also writes for our sister blog, GalleyCat, has announced the launch of a new online community for the book publishing industry. The Gatekeepers Post features book-centric reviews, headlining news, articles and op-ed pieces, as well as virtual panel discussions and online conferences.

“I’m a news junkie,” Rivera told mbStartups, but he found that publishing didn’t make the headlines as often as other industries, despite the rise of eBooks and other game-changing events. When he found himself arguing with his editors about semi-colons more often than major industry trends, Rivera decided to take action.

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