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The 10 Best Things Internet Has Given Book Lovers

Happy birthday Internet! Today the Internet turns thirty-years-old. It’s been a long thirty years. In fact, I barely a remember a time before the Internet, but I’m only twenty-two.

 

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In a nutshell, the Internet has done a lot for us. Some good, some bad, but mostly it gave us neutral tools that we, as a collective, outright abused. So thank you, Internet for these 10 things you gave us!

 

10. It’s easier to buy books

 

Can you image going outside of your house and looking for a book, traversing through dark and shady bookstores, digging in trashcans looking for that one book? Well not anymore! Thanks to various sites, and the websites belonging to independent bookstores, we can now just simply type in the name of the book and find the best deal available!

Or, on the flip side, we can spend hours on the internet looking through every book in existence for the book that just catches our eyes.

Support indie bookstores though. For real.

 

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The only issue is having to wait to get the book. No more grabbing the book and leaving. Nope! Our primary mode of buying contains a lot of waiting.

 

9. Easier to sell books

 

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I got these piles of books and I want to get rid of them. Do I throw them out? Nah, I need some cash to buy some other books, and maybe pay off my student loans. What to do, what to do?

Well, thanks to the internet I can go online and sell the books. Millions of people just like me are looking to buy books and I might have what they’re looking for! And the odds are higher than when before the internet was around, given those millions of people I mentioned before.

 

8. Self-publishing

 

Have you written a book and you can’t just wait for the public to read it? Having trouble finding an agent or publisher? Well, self-publishing might be for you.

 

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You have more creative control and, according to Editage, “Traditionally published books have a limited shelf life in the bookstore and are periodically removed to make way for newly published books. Self-published books, on the other hand, are always available in online bookstores and can be discovered and purchased months and years after the book is published.”

The cons? The bookstore’s won’t see your book unless you get traditionally published, but at least they will always be in the online store! Plus, you get immediate statistics  on who bought your book.

But be wary: There are a lot of scams out there. As with everywhere on the internet.

 

7. Traditional Publishing

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There are a lot of working parts to make a book a reality. The writer has to maintain contact with their agent, their cover designer, their editors. All these moving parts, and no easy way to stay in contact.

Not anymore. Thanks to the internet, you can just email all these people.

Haven’t been published but have a ready manuscript? Then you have to pitch your book. Back in the day writers sent out letters:

 

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No longer. Well it’s an option, but why not just email them? It’s quick, easy, and costs nothing.

 

6. E-Readers

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In 2012 The Pew Research Center found that in February that 21% of adults in America were reading from an e-readers.

And why wouldn’t they? E-readers take up a lot less space than books, you can fit them all on your tablet, and many more books are available at the tip of your finger. As long as your tablet is charged, then you have not only one book for your commute, but an entire library.

Imagine if you had to carry your entire library with you?

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It would only be better if the books actually read themselves to you. Oh wait…

 

5. Audible

You can buy a book and a celebrity will read it to you! It’s like when you were a kid and you had a bedtime story, except this time you’ve never met this person! Plus, all these listenable books are ready with only a touch. You can fit as many as you like in your phone, so no “My house is filled with all these gigantic books” problems.

Now when you go to the gym, you can have earbuds and listen to your books.

 

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Isn’t that great? And going off the “I’m at the gym working out and I’m reading” motif, you can read and do many other things. Multitasking for the win. Complex has you covered with a top 10 list of books you can listen to while driving.

The Times even found that “[commuters who may not have picked up a paperback since leaving university are increasingly listening to audiobooks on the way to work as it is seen as more relaxing than reading.”

The best part? All these listenable books are ready with only a touch. According to National Public Radio, “Now they’re a $1 billion industry with more than 35,000 titles published in 2013 alone.”

Unless you bought a book and it doesn’t have an audio book. Then you’re stuck to doing things the old fashioned way, like a peasant.

 

4. Podcasts

 

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Why stop at listening to someone reading a book when you can listen to people talk about books. Podcasts have you covered.

Here The Guardian lists ten (Ten!) places where you can listen to your book talk. Reviews, discussions, podcasts have them all.

 

3. Goodreads

 

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It’s the largest site for readers. Need to know how far you are in your current book? Goodreads give you a percentage. Need to know how long you’ve been reading Game of Thrones?

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Goodreads gives you the date you started. Need a book recommendation? Need to see what your friends are reading? Goodreads is the Facebook for book readers. Thank you Internet.

 

2. Fan Fiction

 

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Now you can share your Harry Potter fan-fiction and you can read other people’s Lord of the Rings fan-fiction. You can flex your creative muscles, to stain those the calves of those sentences, to tighten those wordy hamstrings, training you to become the new generation of writers.

Plus you can change the ending to Game of Thrones if you don’t like it. (You might not like it.)What could be better?

 

  1. The Best Thing Ever

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Be warned, this is by far the best thing the Internet has ever given us….

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Proceed and feast your eyes upon…

 

 

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Author Accuses Film ‘Yesterday’ of Plot Similarities

Yesterday, the new film from director Danny Boyle, the man behind hits like Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, tells the story of a struggling musician named Jack who wakes up in an alternate version of reality in which The Beatles never existed. Jack uses his knowledge of all Beatles songs to become a superstar, but it comes at a personal cost.

The plot of the movie feels very familiar to author Nick Milligan, who wrote a book with nearly the exact same premise.

Milligan self-published a speculative fiction novel titled Enormity back in 2013, which is about an astronaut named Jack who finds himself on another planet after a mission gone wrong. This new planet is almost exactly the same as Earth, with the only difference being that The Beatles do not exist. He uses this to become the planet’s most successful musician.

Milligan pointed out these similarities to The Guardian over the weekend, however while he noted the plot is generally the same, the tone is different.

Yesterday is a more light-hearted family-friendly film, where Enormity is far more dark and twisted. It’s probably just a horrible coincidence and they mean me no disrespect.”

Milligan has also stated that since he spoke to The Guardian, sales for Enormity have gone up. It is unclear whether or not Milligan will pursue legal action. The producers of the film have not commented on the story.

 

 

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New Wattpad Publishing Imprint Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Examine Stories’ Popularity

Last week, popular online publishing site Wattpad announced its entry into the world of physical books. The new publishing imprint, Wattpad Books, already has its starting lineup of new releases: six YA novels across popular genres, a decision which officials believe should appeal to the site’s Millenial and Gen-Z reader base. Despite the stigma surrounding self-publishing, these stories have had mass market appeal. Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman, the most popular story among these picks, has racked up over 40 million reads during its time on the site.

But the selection process for these books is more than just a numbers game—it’s more like a numbers science. Going forward, Wattpad will use new artificial intelligence technology to help ensure the success of its publications.

 

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Don’t misread this information—robots will not be deciding what art is. Instead, Wattpad’s Story DNA Machine Learning Technology, an AI program, will analyze Wattpad’s content for insights into certain stories’ successes. While other programs might analyze the number of comments and shares a story has earned, the AI breaks a story down to its most elemental features: grammar, diction, and sentence structure. From there, the AI will compare each story not only to works published on Wattpad, but also to books in the public domain. And, Wattpad representative Ashleigh Gardner stresses, “our human content and editorial experts are just as important.”

 

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The website has long been popular for its accessibility. While traditional publishing has not always addressed diverse stories and difficult topics the way it’s working towards today, online publishing subverts outdated (if often unspoken) rules about what sells. Wattpad will continue to choose its stories based on what appeals to its readers—in particular, LGBT+ content, strong women, and thoughtful depictions of mental illness. The AI technology won’t change this truth: the stories that appeal to a diverse body of readers are so often their own.

 

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Wattpad to Introduce Payment Per Month for Popular Online Writers

If you’ve never been on Wattpad before, Wattpad is essentially a free story sharing site where writers have the opportunity to write their stories and publish them on the site for others to read. Since 2006, the site has hosted millions of stories from people all over the world. With on average one thousand visits to each work, it is no wonder Wattpad has decided to extend their generosity to its users.

 

Every year since 2010, Wattpad holds The Watty Awards. One of the awards that is given to a writer of each genre includes the potential opportunity to sign a shopping agreement with Wattpad Studios for their story to be shown to entertainment and publishing partners.

 

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Over the years Wattpad has helped several writers achieve their dreams of traditional publication i.e: through a publishing house.  Key examples include novels like The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles which has been published and most recently made into a Netflix film, Captive by Gabrielle Estres, and Nothing Left to Lose by Kristy Moseley. Goodreads also has a section called “Published Books from Wattpad”.

 

While Wattpad has helped many people write their stories and publish them, they are offering a new service coming sometime in the new year. Although the official date has not been announced and the process is still in the Beta stages, they have already done test runs on this new project to which selected writers have already gained up to $1,000-$2,000 a month in just writing and updating their stories alone.

 

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The way it works is much like YouTube, with ads. When you finish a chapter or every other chapter you are momentarily interrupted by a short ad. If you are a premium member the ads will no longer be able to interrupt your precious reading time, but nonetheless writers will still get a cut of the profits made. They are sent their income via PayPal at the end of each month and depending on how many people visited their story and how long they lasted on the ad itself before skipping determines how much they will make for the month.

 

 

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With Wattpad helping writers achieve their goals of being published authors, it might very well be a different route that people might consider. Getting published the traditional way is no mean feat, and making money once you’re published is not even guaranteed! So this is definitely great news for aspiring writers!

 

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