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Zero Views

35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every single minute. That means that for every hilarious video of a piano-playing cat enjoyed by millions, there are many, many more clips that suffer in anonymity. Colin Fitzpatrick's website Zero Views is a home for those clips. He collects videos that, at the time that he finds them, have never been viewed by anyone.

If Libraries are Screwed, so are the Rest of us

“Libraries are screwed, because we are invested in the codex, and the codex has become outmoded. It’s not just a change of text delivery format, it’s a move away from content that is ownable and shareable, and that’s a problem when your organization is in the business of owning and sharing content.

Read more at DigitalBookWorld.com: If Libraries are Screwed, so are the Rest of Us | Digital Book World
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2010/if-libraries-are-screwed/#ixzz16y8AZ2WT

Taxes on ebooks

Looks like because of the agency pricing model that some publishers are using there is sales tax on certain ebooks depending what state you are in. I first saw a mention of this in a blog post by Mike Shatzkin called Most dramatic publishing event of 2010? Introducing agency pricing!

Running some searches I found some additional blog posts that discussed the issue.

Sales tax on ebooks and rising prices

Amazon Says Agency Model eBooks Are Subject to State Sales Tax

This article is particularly interesting because they tell what publishers are using the agency model and it what states they charge sales tax.

How does Diesel eBooks handle Sales tax?

Starbucks offers free Greg Bear e-book until December 7th

Story at Teleread.org

Line in article that I find most interesting:

As book-related marketing goes, this is quite an interesting idea. It could both draw interested readers to Starbucks, and interest Starbucks patrons in a new book. It does seem to run counter to the idea of e-books being location-independent—but on the other hand, location-based Internet services such as FourSquare are pretty hot right now.

Mad Men

Amazon is offering seasons 1,2,3 of Mad Men for $9.99 a season from Nov 25-27.

Mad Men: Season One

Mad Men: Season Two

Mad Men: Season Three

Oh, To Be Young: The Year's Best Teen Reads

Young adult author Gayle Forman picks her favorite teen novels of the year, from a Parisian adventure to a high school student affected by life during wartime.

http://www.npr.org/2010/11/19/131442476/oh-to-be-young-the-year-s-best-teen-reads

With Facebook Claiming the Word ‘Face,’ Some Alternatives

Facebook is a few steps away from trademarking the word “face,” according to a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Full article here

Philip K. Dick’s Masterpiece Years

Article in the NYT about the book The Search for Philip K. Dick

Kindle next to Softbook

Picture on Flickr of a Kindle next to a Softbook. The Softbook is an ebook ereader than came out in 1998. In addition to the picture is some commentary about e-ink.

Mark Twain’s Autobiography Flying Off the Shelves

Article in the NYT: Mark Twain’s Autobiography Flying Off the Shelves

Excerpt: When editors at the University of California Press pondered the possible demand for “Autobiography of Mark Twain,” a $35, four-pound, 500,000-word doorstopper of a memoir, they kept their expectations modest with a planned print run of 7,500 copies.

Now it is a smash hit across the country, landing on best-seller lists and going back to press six times, for a total print run — so far — of 275,000. The publisher cannot print copies quickly enough, leaving some bookstores and online retailers stranded without copies just as the holiday shopping season begins.

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Budget Watchdogs Warn of Worsening Deficit, Explore Strategies to Cut

Budget Watchdogs Warn of Worsening Deficit, Explore Strategies to Cut

Authors of "All the Devils Are Here" on the Daily Show

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Facebook's 'Not Email': Simpler, Stickier & Bound for Success

This morning, Facebook announced its new messaging system. CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the system was "not email" and not intended as the media-hyped "Gmail killer". Zuckerberg did say, however, that "this simpler type of messaging is going to be how people shift their communication."

Full story

A Palin Flub Becomes a ‘Word of the Year’

At the start of the year the word “refudiate” didn’t exist. In mid-July Sarah Palin, Alaska’s former governor, changed that when she used the word in a Twitter message, somehow mashing up “refute” and “repudiate,” while trying to say something like “reject.”

Full piece here.

Time for a New Theory of Money

By understanding that money is simply credit, we unleash it as a powerful tool for our communities.
http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/time-for-a-new-theory-of-money

7 Ways to Transform Banking

Each of us can help build a resilient financial system that will serve real people in real communities.

Article here:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/7-ways-to-transform-banking

The Kennedy Detail

In the reviews on Amazon to this book - The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence - there is a review by Abraham Bolden who was a Secret Service agent.

Bolden is the author of the book: The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK

Bolden's book was reviewed by Publisher's Weekly. You can read the review on Amazon.

A Secret Gift

Book: A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--and a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

Article in the NYT about book: Kindness of a Stranger That Still Resonates

Excerpt: “I am writing this because I need clothing,” Ms. Palm, 90, read aloud on Friday evening. “And sometimes we run out of food.”

Ms. Palm was one of hundreds who responded to an advertisement that appeared Dec. 17, 1933, in The Canton Repository newspaper. A donor using the pseudonym B. Virdot offered modest cash gifts to families in need. His only request: Letters from the struggling people describing their financial troubles and how they hoped to spend the money. The donor promised to keep letter writers’ identities secret “until the very end.”

It's Time: The Wristwatch Makes A Comeback

With clocks being built into almost every digital gadget and machine, wristwatch sales have seen a decline in the past few years. But market analysts say the centuries-old time-telling tool is trying to make a comeback.

Wristwatch sales are actually on the rise this year, according to June Rhee, the fashion watch buyer for the Macy's department store chain.

"The overall watch business and the watch industry have been experiencing an unusual growth this year ... it's explosive, and people who've been in the industry for 20, 30 years have never seen numbers like this," Rhee says.

Rhee says the watch has become the "it" accessory of the year.

Full piece on NPR

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