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Posts by: Karli

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Biographical Info:
Karli Cude is an Associate Project Manager with AdBiblio. Her background includes work as a bookseller, librarian and blogger. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and two cats and enjoys reading fiction, mysteries and young adult literature.

BEA 2017 Trip Report

Ahhhh BEA…the time of year when thousands of book lovers converge at the NYC Javits Center to ooh and ahhh over the latest literary releases and upcoming publications.  Essentially, it’s a bibliophile’s dream, so of course we had a fabulous time catching up with clients, meeting new friends and hoarding ALL THE BOOKS!  Here are a few highlights from the trip:

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Top Book Club Selections of 2016 (Part 2)

There’s nothing like being a part of a great book club! It’s a wonderful way to socialize with fellow book lovers, and (let’s be honest) a great excuse to binge on wine and cheese!  There’s no question that 2016 has been a fabulous year for books and book clubs, and if you haven’t joined a local or online reading group yet, there’s no time like the present! From library and bookstore clubs to celebrity recommendations, we’ve rounded up some of the top selections for 2016 book clubs.  Here are 10 MORE titles to keep your group’s reading momentum strong and well-balanced (click here to read Part 1):

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Top Book Club Selections of 2016 (Part 1)

There’s nothing like being a part of a great book club! It’s a wonderful way to socialize with fellow book lovers, and (let’s be honest) a great excuse to binge on wine and cheese!  There’s no question that 2016 has been a fabulous year for books and book clubs, and if you haven’t joined a local or online reading group yet, there’s no time like the present! From library and bookstore clubs to celebrity recommendations, we’ve rounded up some of the top selections for 2016 book clubs.  Here are 10 titles to keep your group’s reading momentum strong and well-balanced:

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Counteract “Reluctant Readers” With Book Subscription Boxes

What’s the best way to counteract “reluctant reader” traits?  Make reading something kids and teens genuinely look forward to!  Of course, curating a love for reading starts at home and in the classroom, but some kids need a little extra push. We all know that kids love opening gifts, so monthly subscription “book boxes” might be the perfect way to keep kids reading all year long! With these book boxes, kids can experience the joy of opening presents along with the joy of discovering a great new book.  If you have a reluctant (or avid) reader in your life, here are a few children’s and YA book subscription services you may want to try:

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Legacy of Kings and the Digital Oracle

Eleanor Herman’s new YA Fantasy novel, Legacy of Kings, is the first in a new series, and also the first book to ever incorporate the “Digital Oracle” via Twitter. According to Publishers Weekly, the Oracle is actually a “bot,” which is pre-programmed to respond to Twitter questions/comments posted to @HarlequinTeen, using the hashtag #asklegacyofkings. With 100 potential responses, the Digital Oracle is essentially a literary Magic 8 Ball devised to increase reader engagement. Since the bot’s responses are written by Herman herself, the “premonitions” provide continuity between the text and social media. As the story incorporates elements of Greek Mythology and History, the Oracle aptly includes wisdom from well-known literary figures like Poseidon, Apollo and Athena.

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Books on Bikes: Amazon’s New 1-Hour Delivery Service

Last week, Amazon’s new “Prime Now” 1-hour delivery services became available to all Manhattan residents after a two month test in select Manhattan neighborhoods. On Twitter, customers are calling Prime Now “Awesome,” “Great,” “Amazing” and a “game changer.” Prime Now includes book delivery and some members of the literary and retail community worry that this new service will hurt local and independent bookstores.

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The Little Book That Could

If you’re a writer who’s been discouraged by the competitive publishing industry, don’t despair! For inspiration, here are some bestselling titles that were initially rejected by publishers: According to The Huffington Post, the following books “almost never saw the light of day:”

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See Bot Run: Are Robot Writers On the March?

Feel like your book has lots of competition? It turns out, the authors you’re up against aren’t just just humans — robots are now getting into the writing game too. The Associated Press now churns out ~30 articles a day based on algorithms, according to Verge. You can see examples of those articles with this Google search. AP buys those articles from a company called Automated Insights, which may be able to generate 2,000 articles per second. And Swedish computer programmer Sverker Johansson has created an automated robot known as Lsjbot that has written nearly 3 million Wikipedia entries. “The bot scrapes information from various trusted sources, and then cobbles that material together, typically into a very short entry, or ‘stub,’” says Popular Science. But Sverker Johansson is just one of many Geppettos behind an army of robot writers. As Popular Science explains:

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