12/13/10: This Week in Publishing

Have hope, all of you who have declared print books as dead. According to David L. Ulin, the Los Angeles Times book critic, "print books aren't going anywhere." E-books complement print books, and the real issue "is that we read, that we continue to interact with long-form writing; by altering the conditions of the conversation, …

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My Last Day at LIFE

Yes, sadly friends, I no longer work at LIFE anymore. But on the bright side, I will be working at Random House next semester, as an editorial intern for Wendy Lamb books! Anyway, I just thought I'd share some highlights of my last day at LIFE. First, I finally got to write for LIFE! One …

Science Rules!

Kristianstad, Sweden does not use oil, natural gas, or coal to heat its homes and businesses. Instead, it uses gas extracted from biomass like farm and food waste. This is not uncommon in European cities, but Kristianstad harnesses "biogas for an across-the-board regional energy makeover that has halved its fossil fuel use and reduced the city’s …

Fun(ny) Copyright Cases

Learning about publishing law may be a lot of work, but it sure is entertaining. In my last class, we discussed a couple of particularly interesting cases, one of which involves the video you see above. South Park is no stranger to lawsuits. But their most recent one concerns copyright infringement upon a hit YouTube …

Barnes & Noble

Rumor has it that Barnes & Noble may no longer exist one year from now. In the meantime, I can enjoy their stores and Christmas decorations. And I can also play around with their Nook. The new color Nook was recently released. It uses LED like Apple's iPad, but it's formatted similarly to Amazon's Kindle--with …

My Favorite Manhattan Christmas Window Displays

Yesterday was the first day I was out in the snow. It was light and pretty, and by the time I got home, I couldn't feel my hands, because I got very camera happy and couldn't stop taking pictures of all the beautiful and elaborate window displays in Manhattan. Below are some of the best …

Visit to HarperCollins

My interactive media class was held at HarperCollins today. I don't have the best photo of the building, but we were told to wait outside until 6:30 p.m. so as not to overwhelm security, and it was freezing. Below freezing, in fact, it was snowing, and we were waiting in a wind tunnel, longingly looking …

12/12/10: This Week in Publishing

In Scandanavia, readers and libraries want more e-books and are getting e-books from other countries. But publishers distrust libraries, thinking they help piracy, and they are facing a dilemma with pricing and copyright protection. SCANDINAVIA: e-Book market uncertainty Even though there's a lot of news about more schools using e-textbooks, a recent study shows that …

Facts of LIFE

While working on some galleries this week, I found out a couple interesting facts: 1. Jack Nicholson thought that his grandparents were his parents until he was 37 years old, when a Time reporter writing a feature about Nicholson told him. 2. Morgan Freeman does not approve of Black History Month. He has said, "I …

Science Rules! Week 2

All kinds of good science news this week. First, late night Dec. 13 and early morning Dec. 14, there will be a "dazzling Geminid meteor shower" that is "expected to be the best display of so-called 'shooting stars' of the year." The Geminid meteor shower occurs every year, and they are a source of mystery …