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So Stephen West has a new shawl class called Shawlscapes with Stephen West that just went live at Craftsy... this had us wondering, if you could take an online class with any Cooperative Press author, which one, and what would you want to learn? We would love to hear what you think! Shannon has taught Get Published, her Designer 101 class and others online at her knitgrrl.ning.com site in previous years. With such a growing roster of amazing teachers, though, perhaps it's time to expand? Anna Dalvi, Kate Atherley, Annie Modesitt, Alasdair Post-Quinn, Heather Ordover, Tara Swiger...the list keeps growing!...

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We posted a quick question about this on our Facebook page earlier in the week before Apple announced its new textbook initiative and new ebook authoring software, but Shannon is also reaching out on her site to ask for more information on how you are using ebooks and other digital knitting media. Join the conversation there! What can we do to make ebooks and other digital products more useful for you? Embedded videos? Audio? You name it...but please go over to this entry to post and discuss with other knitters. Cooperative Press is dedicated to bringing you the very best,...

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Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and answered the poll questions -- I was really blown away by all the thoughtful responses in the free-form comment section, and I want to thank all of you who took the time to give us such great feedback. Meanwhile, I wanted to share some of the results with you. Some were about where I thought they'd be (the first question in particular), and some surprised me a lot. The OTHER category for ebook readers -- what else are you using apart from the listed items? I'm extremely curious! Feel free to comment...

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From yesterday's Financial Times: The severing of ties between publisher Random House and Andrew Wylie, one of the world’s most powerful literary agents, left many executives fearing the showdown over e-book rights would lead to the death of the 500-year-old publishing business as it is known. The split with the Bertelsmann-owned publisher was sparked by Mr Wylie’s deal last week to sell the electronic versions of 20 classics such as Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children exclusively through Amazon.com. Random House accused the long-time enfant terrible of the publishing world of “undermining our longstanding commitments to and investments...

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Two interesting recent articles from the New York Times: Former Book Designer Says Good Riddance to Print The killer quote (bolding mine): As someone who long reaped a paycheck from the sale of books, Mr. Mod isn’t looking at the transition with any form of glee. Instead, he argues that it doesn’t really matter which vessel we choose to read on, since the content will always be king. He writes, “For too long, the act of printing something in and of itself has been placed on too high a pedestal. The true value of an object lies in what it...

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