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Amazon Kindle, protected, is immersed

An Amazon Kindle, protected by a special waterproof case, is immersed in water at a consumer electronics show. Amazon has released the first of a new line of short digital books pitched as quick, captivating works for its popular electronic reader.

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Kindle Singles debuts pithy digital works

Amazon has released the first of a new line of short digital books pitched as quick, captivating works for its popular Kindle electronic readers.

The launch of Kindle Singles included the debut of TED Books, written versions of inspirational 18-minute talks that are a trademark of renowned TED gatherings dedicated to cultivating "ideas worth spreading."
"This first set of Singles was selected by our team of editors, and includes works by Rich Cohen, Darin Strauss, Ian Ayres, and the first-ever books published by TED," said Kindle content vice president Russ Grandinetti.

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Academically Adrift

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses has been in the top 100 on Amazon for the last 9 days.
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Think You Know 'How To Write A Sentence'?

NPR discusses a new book by Stanley Fish called How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One NPR piece is here: Think You Know 'How To Write A Sentence'?
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Scalia

A law professor I know sent me this email. I believe this prof has a slightly left of center political view just to give a little context on the sender.

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Agree or not, you all might enjoy reading the following three paragraphs, the first three paragraphs of a concurring opinion by Scalia, published yesterday.

Professor X

Cite as: 562 U. S. ____ (2011) SCALIA, J., concurring in judgment

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
No. 09–530
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. ROBERT M. NELSON ET AL.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
[January 19, 2011]
JUSTICE SCALIA, with whom JUSTICE THOMAS joins, concurring in the judgment.

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Sex on the Moon

Book -- Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea—a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally.

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1.3 million

1.3 million people bought the $20 gift certificate at Amazon.com for $10 at Living Social.

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Teaching Wikipedia as a mirrored technology

Digital spaces on the World Wide Web can be consumed as windowed technologies, providing apparently transparent access to information, or as mirrors, multi–layered and complex, requiring critical reflexivity for productive participation. Approaching Wikipedia as a mirrored technology exploits its potential as a pedagogical tool with which students can improve their research practices and writing proficiency in digital environments.

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$20 Amazon gift certificate for $10

Website "Living Social" has a deal today where you can get an Amazon $20 gift certificate for $10.

See: https://livingsocial.com/deals/21336?ref=personalized-link-box-4278462&rpi=4278462

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Multitasking

Hip youth are good at multitasking.
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HBO: Netflix must charge more to use our content

Don't hold your breath for the arrival of "The Sopranos" or "Entourage" on Netflix's streaming service.
Citing a "high-placed Time Warner executive," The Hollywood Reporter reported late last week that the only way for Time Warner-owned HBO to offer its content on Netflix's service is if the rental company charges customers $20 per month, rather than the $7.99 it currently charges streaming-only users. At such a price, The Hollywood Reporter's source claims, Netflix would get a "meaningful amount of HBO content."

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The Parking Lot Movie

Over the course of three years, filmmaker Meghan Eckman tracked the comings and goings of a solitary parking lot in Charlottesville, Va., chronicling the lives of the attendants who were working there. This inspiring documentary is the result. Hanging tough as they navigate the range of human emotion -- from hope to frustration, from a sense of limitless possibilities to stagnation -- the film's subjects embody the pursuit of the American Dream.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is listed as one of the best books of 2010 in several places.

The Books That Changed Your Life

From the archives of "This American Life" -- Listen to full show

Stories of people who believe a book changed their life. It's a romantic notion, and one reason we believe it is because we want to believe our lives can be changed by something so simple as an idea — or a set of ideas contained in a book.

PROLOGUE.
When Alexa was seven, she started going through her grandfather's books. Her grandfather was a playwright and teacher, and through the books—and especially through his notes in the margins—she entered the world of 1930's American theater. And she found a book that changed her life: writer Moss Hart's autobiography Act One. (5 minutes)

ACT ONE. ACT ONE.
More of Alexa Junge and how Moss Hart's autobiography changed her life. She followed his path, learned specific lessons, and had a vision of him that was absolutely clear—until she met his widow. (10 minutes)

ACT TWO. THE FAMILY THAT READS TOGETHER.
The story of a book that changed a family's life, but only temporarily and not for the better. David Sedaris describes what happens when he finds a dirty book in the woods and shares it with his sisters. This story is published in Sedaris' book Naked. (9 minutes)

ACT THREE. ROGER AND ME, LEWIS AND CLARK.
Reporter Jeremy Goldstein tells the story of a man who had many books change his life, even though he'd never read them. (14 minutes) Available: The Journals of Lewis and Clark, containing excerpts from the explorers' journals.

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iPad vs. NookColor: eReading Death Match, by Nico Vreeland

Excerpt: Obviously the iPad does a lot more than reading, but this post is designed to give avid readers an idea of whether a Nook will be enough for them, or an iPad will be worth the extra money. And the short answer is: the Nook will be enough. It’s a close fight, but the iPad simply doesn’t seem...

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Physics of the Impossible

$2.99 Kindle books on Amazon

Each day Amazon is making several Kindle books $2.99. The next day the books are set back to their regular price. Some of the books for today are: 1) A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability 2) Always On : Language in an Online and Mobile World 3) The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have 4) Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel 5) Exploring Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series 6) Gothic Kings of Britain: The Lives of 31 Medieval Rulers, 1016-1399 7) Handmade Hellos:Fresh Greeting Card Projects from First-Rate Crafters 8) Honeybee Democracy 9) Mr. Darcy's Obsession 10) Sunday Soup 11) The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World 12) The Last Thing I Remember 13) The Monster Hunter in Modern Popular Culture 14) The Wishing Box
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Sounds

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The Library at Pooh Corner

The story goes back 35 years. In the 1980s, I had a gruesome copy-editing job at E. P. Dutton, the American publishers of the “Winnie-the-Pooh” books. One of my colleagues was a crusty septuagenarian named Elliot Graham, whose title was director of publicity emeritus. Elliot was the shepherd of the original Pooh stuffed animals — Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Piglet and Eeyore — which were kept in a glass case in the Dutton lobby on 2 Park Avenue.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/opinion/22boylan.html

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