Friday, August 13, 2010

Around the interwebs

Here's what I've been checking out on the interwebs this week (wish I had some scary Friday-the-13th links, but I do not)...

Kristi of The Story Siren is celebrating GLBT Lit Days August 9-20 over at The Story Siren. She's got giveaways, book reviews, and guest posts a-plenty, so head on over there and check it out. 

Sarah Rees Brennan has a great guest post at The Book Smuggler about why she writes YA. Definitely worth a look for all YA fans. Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link. 

Have you heard of RAW INK Online? Developed by English students at Silver Creek High School, this interactive community is all about teens reading and writing and connecting with authors. This video explains a little about it, but what I really want you to check out is Mr. Hankins's book-lined classroom. I'll tell ya: my high school English classrooms did NOT look like that (sigh). 

RAW INK - EC Ning Summer Webstitute 2010 from ECNing on Vimeo.

By the by, RAW INK and Donalyn Miller will be hosting a Twitter chat about new and upcoming YA books on Sunday, August 15 at 8pm (Eastern). Follow #TitleTalk to tune in. 

I went to this workshop yesterday and one of the speakers pointed out a widget on the Yorba Linda Public Library website. Scroll down a bit and on the left-hand side you can see a feed of the books being checked in. Click on a title and it goes to the record in the catalog. It is awesome and kind of hypnotic. 

And speaking of things I learned at the workshop, was I the only one who missed that Amazon has sold more ebooks than hardcover books over the past three months? This is big, people!