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 …

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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 …

Twitter is Taking Over My Life

That's not a terrible thing. I am, after all, in a graduate publishing program and Twitter is a huge part of marketing these days. But finals week starts in T-minus 6 days, and instead of hitting the books, I've been tweeting. Not that procrastination is new to me, but usually right about now is when …

12/06/10: This Week in Publishing

It has finally happened! Google launched the Google eBookstore on Monday. The bookstore is an extension of Google's book project, "an effort that began in 2004 to scan all 130 million books in the world, by Google’s estimate." Because it is cloud-based, it is an "open-ecosystem," which means consumers can buy their books once through the …

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the Universe and Everything

Don't panic. It's just a video. I love everything Douglas Adams, so I was thrilled when my friend sent me the link to TED of Adams giving a talk at UC Santa Barbara (my alma mater!) And then, as I do with everything I'm interested in, I did some research. I knew that Adams had died …

What I Learned at Life This Week

I love the show Jeopardy. And lately I've noticed that many of the categories in Jeopardy have coincided with trivia I learned recently researching stories for LIFE. For example, in an episode last week one of the clues was asking for the name of the 1949 musical that won a Pulitzer Prize. And while researching …

11/29/10: Publishing This Week

California, as a way to save money and improve education, is going to use open source, free textbooks (yay!). Since there's not enough money to give every student a laptop, there's some skepticism as to how well this will work. But it's the first state to try this and something is better than nothing (California K-12 education was ranked 49th …

Science Rules!

I used to write science articles, and I miss it. So I'm going to start blogging about it. You're welcome. Lots of interesting stuff going on today. For one, NASA had some exciting but also disappointing news. Yesterday they announced they would hold a press conference, which address how we're going to change the way …