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Library Picks: Graphic novels aren’t just for kids – Statesman Journal

Monday, May 15, 2017

‘Saga’ by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples(Photo: Special to the Statesman Journal) The American storytelling tradition is constantly changing: It’s not just novels anymore! Here are a few standout graphic novels intended for an adult audience. ‘Saga’ Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples What it’s about: Two soldiers on opposite sides of a centuries-long war fall in love and start a family. Now they’re on the run from…

Why Amazon is eating the world – TechCrunch

Monday, May 15, 2017

Zack Kanter is the co-founder of Stedi. I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different – our industry (retail) is going through a transformation. Instead of just writing about our ‘internal’ news, I wrote about the impending apocalypse in the broader world of retail. More specifically,…

Google will now go easier on publishers that violate its ad policies – Recode

Monday, May 15, 2017

Google is changing how it enforces it ads policies: It will now strike ads from individual web pages that violate its ads standards. That means Google will effectively be cutting fewer websites out of its ad network. Entire sites may still be suspended on the AdSense platform for violations, and publishers can also still be suspended or disabled from using AdSense. The change follows a recent boycott of YouTube by…

Amazon’s new Echo Show can make video calls – The Denver Post

Monday, May 15, 2017

By Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post Amazon on Tuesday rolled out yet another version of the Echo – this time sporting a screen that allows users to make and take video calls. The Echo Show, as it’s called, signals that Amazon is not only pushing ahead with its goal of ruling the home, but it is also taking a major shot at a messaging platform. The Echo Show looks to complement…

Are We There Yet — Apple Maps Comes Of Age. Oh, Finally – Forbes

Monday, May 15, 2017

Apple Apple Maps 3D view of Manhattan An episode of comedy Silicon Valley used what it saw as the ultimate insult, describing something with the words “It’s Apple Maps bad”. It came about because when Apple launched its own mapping app and removed the previous default, Google Maps, in 2012, things didn’t quite go as Apple planned. While the new app was widely admired for some features such as bright,…

Google has bigger challenges with Home than just recognizing … – Recode

Monday, May 15, 2017

If Google wants to hang onto its status as the world’s dominant source of information, it needs to make sure people keep using Google products when they’re in hands- and screen-free situations. As part of that goal, it needs to gain a greater foothold in voice. Voice is the technology every major Silicon Valley company is racing to dominate before anyone else; and Google, with its search and language capabilities,…

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 67 – Household Education by Harriet Martineau (1848) – The Guardian

Monday, May 15, 2017

Harriet Martineau’s story offers the parable of a certain kind of literary endeavour that’s never far from the experience of quite a few writers in this list, ie contemporary success, and short-term celebrity, followed by a more prolonged oblivion, punctuated by moments of renewal and rediscovery. Martineau came to prominence aged 21 with her first published work, Devotional Exercises (1823), partly inspired by her Unitarian upbringing. Thereafter, she would be…

How real books have trumped ebooks | Books | The Guardian – The Guardian

Monday, May 15, 2017

Books have always had a fetishistic quality to them, with their dusty secretiveness. Now, though, it feels like we’re living through a special moment in the history of book design and beautiful books are everywhere. Take George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo with its marmoreal endpapers or Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads, with its cover inspired by mosaic from the Imam mosque at Isfahan; Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, its…

Area writing group hosts writers conference on Saturday – The Daily Citizen

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Calhoun Area Writers (CAW) group is hosting the Northwest Georgia Writers Conference on Saturday at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun. “We’ve been planning it for a while,” said Karli Land, founder and president of the writers group. “We are all about promoting the craft of writing and helping others. What better way of helping other writers than to host a writers conference and offer…

NCERT to review books for 1st time since 2007 – Economic Times

Monday, May 15, 2017

NEW DELHI: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will review all its books as they were created over a decade ago and need to be updated, council director Hrushikesh Senapaty said. The books were created in 2007. In an exclusive conversation with TOI, Senapaty said textbooks were not being revised and NCERT was only reviewing the books in a systematic way. Distinguishing between the two, he said,…

E-books’ race to dominate hits pothole – Herald & Review

Monday, May 15, 2017

Independent bookstores such as Other Books, a neighborhood bookstore in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., are holding their own despite the encroachment of ebooks.

Library Picks: Graphic novels aren’t just for kids – Statesman Journal

Monday, May 15, 2017

‘Saga’ by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples(Photo: Special to the Statesman Journal) The American storytelling tradition is constantly changing: It’s not just novels anymore! Here are a few standout graphic novels intended for an adult audience. ‘Saga’ Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples What it’s about: Two soldiers on opposite sides of a centuries-long war fall in love and start a family. Now they’re on the run from…

Library Picks: Graphic novels aren’t just for kids – Statesman Journal

Monday, May 15, 2017

‘Saga’ by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples(Photo: Special to the Statesman Journal) The American storytelling tradition is constantly changing: It’s not just novels anymore! Here are a few standout graphic novels intended for an adult audience. ‘Saga’ Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples What it’s about: Two soldiers on opposite sides of a centuries-long war fall in love and start a family. Now they’re on the run from…

Google has bigger challenges with Home than just recognizing different voices – Recode

Sunday, May 14, 2017

If Google wants to hang onto its status as the world’s dominant source of information, it needs to make sure people keep using Google products when they’re in hands- and screen-free situations. As part of that goal, it needs to gain a greater foothold in voice. Voice is the technology every major Silicon Valley company is racing to dominate before anyone else; and Google, with its search and language capabilities,…

Even during Amazon’s IPO process 20 years ago, Jeff Bezos was ‘in the weeds’ – CNBC

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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This secret Amazon refund loophole allows you to get your money back on purchases WITHOUT having to return a thing – The Sun

Sunday, May 14, 2017

AMAZON shoppers who want a refund for items they have bought from the website are being allowed to keep the product and the money. The unofficial policy from the online retailer tells customers not to bother returning items but only if they are under the value of £10. Amazon’s unofficial policy allows customers to keep products and refunds on items under £10 But one watchdog says it demonstrates the company’s…

The Bay Area is still a literary haven from the mad digital world – San Francisco Chronicle

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Bay Area is still a literary haven from the mad digital world By David Talbot May 14, 2017 ‘); } Have you read a good book lately? Chances are that you have because you live in the Bay Area, where books continue to beckon readers, despite the insistent siren calls of digital media. Independent bookstores have found new life, even in the growing shadow of Amazon; festivals, readings and…

Young Adult Fiction Uses Myths To Keeps Traditional Storytelling Alive – NPR

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Greek, Roman and Viking myths have always been perfect for teenagers — they’re all id! — so NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro gets recommendations for new books using them as source material.

How real books have trumped ebooks – The Guardian

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Books have always had a fetishistic quality to them, with their dusty secretiveness. Now, though, it feels like we’re living through a special moment in the history of book design and beautiful books are everywhere. Take George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo with its marmoreal endpapers or Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads, with its cover inspired by mosaic from the Imam mosque at Isfahan; Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, its…