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Friday News: Pearson profits down, Adobe develops new DRM, does reading increase intelligence, Flowers in the Attic movie wins big ratings, and vintage Mac reviews

Friday News: Pearson profits down, Adobe develops new DRM, does reading...

“On the plus side, Pearson said it had seen “good profit growth” at the Financial Times, with strong growth in digital subscriptions offsetting weak advertising sales and lower print circulation.” BBC News

“The new set of DRM for ePub files has been pushed out to Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 and Adobe Content Server. Adobe has been working with their publishing and hardware partners, such as Sony, to refine the code before they released it to the public. This time around Adobe wants to keep the source code under lock and key to prevent people from writing decryption tools and plugins for popular conversion software like Calibre.” Good E-Reader

“In part to answer that question, I spent three years interviewing psychologists and neuroscientists around the world, reviewing their studies and testing new methods they claim can increase intelligence. Bookworms, after all, rarely emerge from their literary cocoons in order to become social butterflies. And while nobody would ever call reading a “new” method for improving the mind, recent scientific studies have confirmed that reading and intelligence have a relationship so close as to be symbiotic.” The Guardian

“Critic John C. Dvorak was harsh about the first Mac, as well PCs in general. In his Feb. 19, 1984, review of the first Mac, he wrote that he liked the computer, but didnt think it was a hit: ‘The nature of the personal computer revolution is simply not fully understood by companies like Apple or anyone else, for that matter. Apple makes the arrogant assumption of thinking that it knows what you want and need. It, unfortunately leaves the “why” out of the equation — as in “why would I want this?”‘” Mashable

Daily Deals: Books I keep saying I might read…someday

Daily Deals: Books I keep saying I might read…someday

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk KiddThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. $ 3.99 AMZN | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her harsh, unyielding father, Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating, blurred memory – the afternoon her mother was killed, when Lily was four. Since then, her only real companion has been the fierce-hearted, and sometimes just fierce, black woman Rosaleen, who acts as her “stand-in mother.”

When Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily knows it’s time to spring them both free. They take off in the only direction Lily can think of, toward a town called Tiburon, South Carolina – a name she found on the back of a picture amid the few possessions left by her mother.

There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters named May, June, and August. Lily thinks of them as the calendar sisters and enters their mesmerizing secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women. Maternal loss and betrayal, guilt and forgiveness entwine in a story that leads Lily to the single thing her heart longs for most.

Never read this but I had always planned to. Someday.

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The Bridges of Madison County Robert WallerThe Bridges of Madison County by Robert Waller. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

If you’ve ever experienced the one true love of your life, a love that for some reason could never be, you will understand why readers all over the world were so moved by this small, unknown first novel that they made it a publishing phenomenon and #1 bestseller. The story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere-and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.
A timeless, universally appealing story of love and loss. In just four days, two people find one another and commit themselves to each other for a lifetime even though they remain apart. Optioned by a major motion picture company for a feature film.

So true confession time. I’ve never actually been to the Bridges even though I have driven by there a few times to see a photographer friend. Neither have I seen the movie or read the book.

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Lost and Found by Jacqueline SheehanLost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog

Rocky’s husband Bob was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor . . . and Rocky’s world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts—reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak’s Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she’s lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow.

But then she meets Lloyd.

A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky’s world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd’s accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instructor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discovers the life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed . . . and joy does exist in unexpected places.

If you love dogs, you’ll love this book or so the reviews say.

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Friend is a Four Letter Word by Steph CampbellFriend is a Four Letter Word by Steph Campbell. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

They both have secrets…But whose past will catch up to them first?
Shayna Gillan is on a mission: start fresh in a new state without the small town gossip that has haunted her since her bad girl days of high school.

Carter MacPherson has long been the most together member of his crazy family-until now. With a secret threatening to crumble everything he’s worked for, he wishes he could forget the recent past, too.

The last thing Shayna and Carter are looking for is a relationship. It’s best to be alone while they sort out their issues.

Friends. That’s all they can ever be.

But even the best laid plans always have a flaw, and once Shayna and Carter cross the line between friendship and more, there’s no turning back…

The only question left is-whose past will catch up to them first?

So let’s put our thinking caps on. What is a four letter word for friend. Mate? Pals? Dude?

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