8 Best Things to Happen to the Book World This Decade

8 Best Things to Happen to the Book World This Decade

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This decade has been truly revolutionary for the book world. From opening up literature to the masses via the internet, to delving deeper into your favorite books with podcasts and apps, reading and writing has never been easier. Here are the best things to happen to the book world in the last ten years. 1. Bookstagram   View this post on Instagram   A pie-fect look back at 2019… Here’s to a new TBR pile for 2020! ?#RBCregram @pieladybooks A post shared by Reese’s Book Club (@reesesbookclub) on Dec 28, 2019 at 9:25am PST With the rise of Instagram has …

This Writer Makes Serious Money Putting Readers to Sleep

This Writer Makes Serious Money Putting Readers to Sleep

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As a writer, the most important thing is to hold the reader’s attention… unless you’re paid not to.   In an era of deeper intersecting of technology and consumerism, even sleep has become a business. Sleep app Calm aspires to be the best in that business, offering audio libraries of music playlists, guided meditations, and relaxation classes. (Sounds fake, say the students, who do not find class at all relaxing.) But its most popular feature is its Sleep Stories: twenty to forty minute audio stories read aloud by comforting voices, including that of Stephen Fry. Calm asks: “we loved having bedtime stories read to us as children, …

The Best Apps for Every Step of NaNoWriMo

The Best Apps for Every Step of NaNoWriMo

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So it’s the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, and you only have time to do things like go to school for eight hours, sleep for an inconvenient five or so, and occasionally eat. Writing does take time, but you have more time than you probably think (unless you thought you had twenty-four hours in a day, which is technically accurate but unlikely for a functioning person). While there are some circumstances where you can’t whip out your laptop, there are far fewer cases where it’s unusual to take out your phone. So instead of lamenting your wasted time, use the moments …

Chat Stories Are the Future of Fiction, These Are the Apps You Need to Read Them

Chat Stories Are the Future of Fiction, These Are the Apps You Need to Read Them

Chat story apps have been cropping up by the dozens in the last few years.  In case you’ve never used one before, these apps allow users to read stories in the form of a text conversation between characters.  The concept is pretty interesting, and if you have a few minutes to read some fast-paced fiction, then check out one of the apps below.   1. Hooked (iOS and Android)     Image Via FrostClick   Hooked is the OG chat story app. It offers up stories from several genres including horror, mystery, comedy, sci-fi, and romance. Users can create an account in order to comment …