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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited - a Netflix-for-books - in the UK Amazon is launching its Kindle Unlimited ebooks subscription service in the UK, following its US debut in July. The service, which costs £7.99 a month, offers unlimited access to a catalogue of more than 650,000 ebooks, as well as more than 2,000 audiobooks from Amazon’s Audible subsidiary. The ebook equivalent of Spotify for music or Netflix for TV shows and films, Kindle Unlimited is being marketed with an emphasis on bestsellers: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series; Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy; 2013 Man Booker prize winner The Luminaries and more.

  Submission Guidelines Submission Guidelines posted in What We Like: Pif Magazine primarily publishes fiction, poetry, and author interviews. We have been known to accept book, film, music and zine reviews — and we have published our fair share of essays and critiques. We pride ourselves on working with new and emerging writers and artists. Scribd's unlimited ebook service gets 15K new titles from romance publisher Harlequin The market for ebook services is starting to get more exciting as major book publishers start accepting the idea that consumers want a “Netflix for books” to satisfy their voracious reading habits. The latest example comes from Scribd’s premium unlimited ebook service, which today added over 15,000 book titles from major book publisher Harlequin. The publisher is well known for producing romance novels as well as a mix of other titles. Scribd’s unlimited service features a library of 500,000 ebook titles from more than 900 publishers, which subscribers can access across several devices via official Scribd apps. But to gain complete access to that library of ebooks, you’ll need to pay a $9 monthly subscription fee.

Fiction Magazines Worth Reading Not so long ago, I despaired at the idea of finding a place to publish my own fiction. Like many aspiring writers, I flipped through Writer's Market and sent stuff out to the supposed top of the short story food chain, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, etc., with predictable results (that is, rejection). But then why should I have been surprised? I didn't generally like the stories published in those magazines (they are usually, shall we say, boring). Even if I was writing the best possible stories I could in the style I liked (and I definitely wasn't) I probably wouldn't have been published in those venues.

Oyster hits back at Amazon; launches online ebook subscription service Oyster today launched its Netflix-for-books subscription service on the Web, striking back at Amazon less than a week after the debut of Kindle Unlimited. Now available in desktop and mobile Web browsers, Oyster’s $10 per month subscription service packs a catalog of 500,000 books — 100,000 more titles than competing subscription service Scribd, and 100,000 less than Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. According to Oyster, today’s release has been in the works for months; it was apparently not a quick reaction to Amazon’s similar ebook subscription service. After trying out the service ourselves, we found the Web experience to be aesthetically pleasing, but not optimal when compared to the mobile and tablet experience. Following the launch of Kindle Unlimited, Oyster chief Eric Stromberg told VentureBeat he wasn’t surprised by the news.

Art Magazines Accepting Submissions, Magazine Submissions Now accepting submissions for our next issue, themed Critique. Please submit writings, proposals and artist projects (that speak, in some way, to ideas surrounding: critique, criticism and/or critic.) Writers: We are currently accepting submissions for exhibition reviews and featured articles.

France continues to search for a 'French Google,' while candidates find no support It’s hard to keep track of the number of initiatives that have been started or proposed in France in order to create a “French Google” – that is, a France-based internet company with equal influence as players like Facebook, Google, Microsoft or Amazon. I often feel that the French government’s entire investment strategy (via BPIFrance) is built around trying to find a diamond in the rough, a needle in the haystack, and propel it to multinational status. During Silicon Sentier’s launch of NUMA last month, one attendee told me that the association which manages LeCamping was originally meant to find a ‘French Google,’ though the mission statement of Silicon Sentier has since evolved & shifted. Even if there was a startup with the potential to disrupt Internet usage on such an infrastructural level as Google/Android, there’s evidence to suggest that such a startup would not be able to survive with France as its headquarters.

24 Agents Who Want Your Work With more than 1,300 practicing literary agents across the country, what’s an unagented scribe with no industry contacts to do? Where do you start? Who do you query, and how do you go about doing it? 5 urban innovations Toronto could use right now The Toronto of the future will be bigger, bolder, and (hopefully) smarter. New technologies and ideas are helping cities around the world improve the quality of life for their citizens by way of better transit, more accessible services, and modernized or repurposed infrastructure, and Toronto should be no different. While we're pretty influential (according to Forbes magazine,) there is still plenty the city could learn from the rest of the world. Here are 5 useful ideas Toronto could use right now. Reinvented phone boothsPhone booths are a dying breed.

Get Paid $50 to Write a Guest Post There’s been plenty written on the web, including this blog, about websites like Associated Content and Demand Media. The problem with these sites is that they use a revenue sharing model which means most people will never earn more than a buck or two for their article. We know your time is more valuable than that, so we’ve put together a list of blogs that will pay you $50 or more for every article that you write for them. Guest blogging is pretty easy and most articles only need to be between 500-600 words. Grenoble introduces short story dispensers in public areas See you later, smartphones; welcome back, good old-fashioned reading. Grenoble, the charming capital of the French Alps, is often— falsely — discussed in the French media for its crime rates. Today, culture is back on the main stage. The idea is to make waiting around in public places pass a little quicker with… short story dispensers.

submissions is an arts and culture journal based in St. John’s, NL. Our mandate is to publish high quality artwork, essays, interviews, poems, reviews and short fiction. Visual art should be a minimum 300 dpi. Black and white is preferred, but we do publish colour. untitled Think You're Funny? Send Us Your Laughs! Since 1980, Ephemera has been producing Novelty Buttons, Magnets, and Stickers. You'll find our stuff all over the place - cutting edge card & gift shops, bookstores, music stores, gay & left wing shops, porno stores, coffee shops, etc. Some of our best designs end up on products made by companies we license to for T-shirts, cards, books, towels, mugs, calendars, etc. MAKE US LAUGH OUT LOUD!

Amazon opens its first real bookstore — at U-Village Two decades after it started selling books online, Amazon opens a shopping center storefront with books for sale on actual shelves. Bookstore owners often think of as the enemy. Now it’s becoming one of them. At 9:30 Tuesday morning, the online retail giant will open its first-ever brick-and-mortar retail store in its 20-year life, in University Village. The store, called Amazon Books, looks a lot like bookstores that populate malls across the country. Its wood shelves are stocked with 5,000 to 6,000 titles, best-sellers as well as customer favorites.