This Week in Publishing

The next big step for e-books seems to be its lending capabilities. Up until recently, e-books could not be lent to friends, at least not without many restrictions, and it was a huge drawback compared to print books, which could be easily shared. But a New Jersey-based company, BookSwim, will be changing all that soon. …

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In the Name of Science

Turns out that the bands scientists have been attaching to penguins for 50 years to study them has been doing more harm than good. Because of the bands, penguins are producing fewer offspring and have a lower survival rate--probably because the bands impede their swimming abilities, which makes it harder to gather food. Still, the …

This Week in Publishing

Penguin Group is embracing new technologies. They've started a TV and Radio Satellite Media Tours department, so that they can "produce TV and radio satellite tours for Penguin authors," according to Publisher's Weekly. Penguin Brings TV, Radio Satellite Tours In-House Amazon has been working to make it easier and more profitable for authors to self-publish. …

I Write Like…

I found this pretty awesome tool a couple days ago: I Write Like. Warning: it can be very addicting. Basically, you copy and paste a few paragraphs of your writing sample, and it will analyze your writing style and tell you which famous writer you are most like. I stopped myself after six samples, but …

Benjamin Franklin, Publisher

  Photo by Sabrina Ricci Yesterday I went to the Bowers Museum in Orange County, CA to see the Benjamin Franklin Exhibit. On display are 75 artifacts from Franklin's life, in honor of what would be his 300th birthday. I went with my parents as part of a Christmas present to my dad, and while …

In the Name of Science

Science is constantly changing and scientists are always learning new things. This week, my focus is on the prehistoric, unsolved deaths, and green tech. Recently, researchers have reported that an extinct Jamaican bird, from the ibis family (but flightless), used its handbone as a clublike weapons. The fossil was discovered in 1997, and the bird …

This Week in Publishing

A U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit that claimed J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series infringed uponĀ Adrian Jacobs's "The Adventures of Willy the Wizard No 1 Livid Land," which was published in 1987. Scholastic, the U.S. Harry Potter publisher, said, "Judge Scheindlin clearly agreed... Scholastic will continue to vigorously defend any such frivolous claims challenging the originality …

Save Lives, Don’t Pick Up Trash

Last week, NYC was hit by a blizzard and got 30 inches of snow. Because of all the snow, many garbage trucks were unable to pick up trash. And of course, after one week, it really built up. There are two ways of looking at this. Things can get a little smelly and messy, sure, …

I’m Posting Every Week in 2011!

Well, the plan is to post every day but that's really hard so we shall see. I'm already posting at least once a week, so at the very least, I'll be posting more regularly. It's definitely going to be a challenge, but I'm going to do my best :). If you already read my blog, …