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V 9:3  Dec 4, 2014
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BK Communiqué


Why Read It? Drawing from their own twelve-year partnership and from interviews with 125 women business partners across the world, Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas have learned something powerful: when women work together they discover a level of support, balance, confidence, accountability, and freedom to be themselves that is rarely found in other work relationships.

Heroic male partnerships are a staple business success story, but you rarely hear the same about female partners. Unfortunately, too many women never even consider working together. In this book the authors explore why and destroy the myths, stereotypes, and misplaced fears that get in the way of female partnerships (no easy task when even science claims that women have the "B" gene). Maggie and Betsy then go on to explain that when women collaborate -- combining complementary skills, and supporting each other -- they can work as full equals to achieve something that's exponentially greater than they could achieve alone.

Read a free excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off  here. ______________________________________ 
For academic desk copies, please contact Mike Crowley.

For media review copies, please contact Katie Sheehan.
Publishing News
The Absolutely Radical Concept of Female Partnerships    

In this issue of the Communiqué, we explore how women partnering in business with other women can not only help overcome the male-dominated economic landscape but also serve women better.

But those who dismiss such arguments as just pandering to women and the "feel-good" ethos without any real evidence are in for a rude surprise. For this issue we present Five Pieces of Hard Evidence Proving That Women Make Better Business Leaders and Partners.
Other News    

+ Here are the bestsellers that everyone knows you never finished.

+ The Chinese government will no longer tolerate puns.

+ And a seven-year old girl just forced a publisher to change its book title.

+ An ex-Amazon employee is planning to stage a hunger strike outside Amazon HQ to force Jeff Bezos to address "ethical lapses."

+ Starting next year, the general public will no longer be allowed to attend Book Expo America (BEA).

+ The Oxford English Dictionary has released its word of the year.

+ Amazon and Hachette have, uh, buried the hatchet.

+ Automobile manufacturer Land Rover is now also a digital publisher.

+ The shortlist of candidates for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award has been released.

+ And then there was that time Lemony Snicket said something he thought was harmless but was actually horribly racist.

+ And one author wrote a lengthy piece for the New York Times explaining just how racist Snicket's joke was.

+ Ever wonder what books are banned for the prisoners detailed at Guantanamo? Here they are.

+ And guess who has full control of the newly-released .book domain.

+ There's a new font that helps dyslexics.

+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller:  Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham. Read the excerpt here.

+ Free Tools: Discover how to speed read just like Teddy Roosevelt did (three to four books a day while also holding office) here.

+ Free Resources: Learn the fifteen words that make writers (and readers) swoon here.
Marginally Unethical Life Hacks
Some things are ethical; some things are not. And then there are those things that help you get ahead that are technically not unethical but, well --.
Which BK Book Is This?
So which well-known BK book is this a foreign edition of?

Well, it's a Czech edition of one of our bestsellers titled Szinkonicitas, and it seems to be an interesting interpretation of the book's core philosophy (and possibly a haunting one at that).

If you're still stumped, this is the original BK book.
Confessions of an Editorial Assistant

Editorial Assistant Anna Leinberger sees things here at BK --sometimes these things are beautiful, sometimes they're ugly, and sometimes they're just plain silly. But now she's telling all.

For this issue, Anna responds to Ursula Le Guin's recent scathing words on the publishing industry.

Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)
For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of Women Lead the Way, by Linda Tarr-Whelan, here.
This offer is available exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on December 5, 2014, you're going to have to plunk down $19.95 like everyone else. 
We Recommend
Every year, Forbes compiles the 100 Best Websites for women based on reader recommendations, votes, and surveys.

Here is the list from 2013 (expect the 2014 list in January of 2015).                                       
End Notes

Last time, I issued this challenge. The answer to the challenge can be found here. No one guessed the correct answer, which means that I win, and so you must all be now subjected to my love of randomness.

Your next challenge can be found here.
Email me with any comments or rants. And on a completely unrelated note, here are some (mildly offensive) international guides to problem solving

Oh, and here is your biweekly dose of random.

P.S. -- this isn't real, is it?
Not very smart, but at least somewhat entertaining...
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