Me...publisher, lifelong learner, all things rescuer, often gluten-free, all times chocoholic
I am reminded…this huge universe, this miniscule moment.
Painted tranquility. A peaceful break. Perspective.
James Patterson, famed author, partner to unknowns, is in the news for more entrepreneurial efforts: His Million Dollar Giveaway to Independent Bookstores. Hear his interview on NPR… Also, check out his campaign, Read Kiddo Read … you may be pleasantly surprised. And speaking of generosity, The Bank of Ireland is sponsoring a “competition to find Northern Ireland’s inventions with the greatest commercial potential” within six categories. Winner will receive £10,000. Details… Seems to me I heard of some competitions here in the states, but I couldn’t find them. Anybody know?
Been to the bank lately? No reason to, with auto check deposit using a snap of your phone, debit cards and the ease of online bill pay. So, where does Bitcoin find its niche? This online currency, is handy to use, whether you wish to sell or trade, tour the trend… Think this sounds unstable? You’re not alone. Despite the fear from Mt Gox’s apparent closure of their Twitter account, the largest trader, more here, Bitcoin prices dropped a bit (couldn’t resist). However, there is some good faith: “The world’s first brick-and-mortar Bitcoin deposit and financial services portal, Neo, opened the doors to its flagship branch in Cyprus at 10:30 a.m. local time Monday.” Read the full article… Head spinning yet?
I confessed in one of my recent posts that I named a cat Hemingway. So how funny is it that I find this…The Hemingway App? According to GalleyCat, “Adam and Ben Long have created an app that analyzes text with the goal to help make your writing bold and clear like that or [sic] Ernest Hemingway.” Read the rest… Another poster, Ian Crouch from The New Yorker posits, “Would he pass the tests he helped inspire?” Full article here…
Over in another corner of The New Yorker, George Packer targets Amazon, who wears the bull’s-eye well. What’s all the hullaballoo? Self-publishers are devaluing the literary field. Not new, but the spin is now on motivation, “It wasn’t a love of books that led him [Bezos] to start an online bookstore. ‘It was totally based on the property of books as a product,’ Shel Kaphan, Bezos’s former deputy, says.” More… Yet there’s a chill in the air for those opposing Amazon, as Aaron Pressman speculates here, rising eBook sales and billions in hardcopy sales land directly on the desks of publishers, “To wit: overpaying huge advances for worthless books written by celebrities. Dumping vast quantities of best sellers in Walmarts (WMT) and Costcos (COST), where they’re sold at half price. Favoring the megachains for decades as they squeezed out the independent stores the publishers now champion against Amazon.”
Maybe we should all be asking, “What would Hemingway say?”