Twitter Internet Blackout Reaction

Visualization of How People on Twitter Reacted to the Internet Blackout

Andrei Taraschuk and Aaron Ott created a fascinating visualization showing how people on Twitter reacted the Internet blackouts on January 18th in protest of SOPA and PIPA by mapping tweets mentioning #pipa #sopa and #blackout.

(Via Laughing Squid.)

26 year old author making millions writing ebooks

26 year old author making millions writing ebooks!

Meet Amanda Hocking!  She’s 26 years old and has sold over 900,000 copies of her books which she sells primarily through digital downloads (through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc.) mostly at 99 cents apiece, with a few at $2.99.

She self published her first book in March of last year, and by May was selling a few hundred books, then it grew month to month and she went on to sell 164,000 books over the rest of the year! Then in January alone, she sold over 450,000 copies of her 9 titles! When she gets to keep 70% of the sales, that amounts to a VERY sizable income for her!

On Thursday, three of her titles, from the Trylle Trilogy (SwitchedTorn and Ascend) will appear on the top 50 of USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books!

Congrats to Amanda Hocking!  Who said reading was dead?

(Via HotForWords.)