Paper Towels v. Air Dryers – What do you think? The Mayo Clinic suggests that paper towels might be more efficacious than air dryers in part because drying your hands is a vital part of killing germs. I admit that I often leave air dryers with my hands only partially dry. Based on 12 studies conducted since 1970, researchers suggest that paper towels are more efficacious because a) people are more likely to actually dry their hands; b) air dryers contribute to noise pollution; c) the environmental effect is only slightly worse. Conversable Economist
Medium Rare and Back Again: A Tolkien Cookbook by Heath Dill – Heath Dill wants to write a cookbook with recipes inspired by the Tolkien book. If this were a Potter or 50 Shades cookbook, you know that Rowling, Warner, James et al. would be sending out their cease and desist letters. Trading off the Hobbit and Tolkien name for profit? Sure the recipes might be original, but it’s derivative. Too derivative or just original enough?
First Book Deal of the Day – First Book is running a Groupon whereby if you donate $10, a child will be given “eight new iconic books” to take home and all $10 donations up to one million books will be matched with 4 books from Disney Publishing. This seemed like a neat gift giving idea for book lovers. Groupon
Protesting the Kindle: National Federation of the Blind conducting picket at Amazon headquarters – The National Federation of the Blind protested Amazon yesterday at the Seattle headquarters. The eink Kindles lack any text to audio and even when the eink Kindles had that feature, the devices weren’t usable to the sight impaired because the menus were not accessible via voice meaning that while you could have a book read to you, someone had to navigate the device for you. “The organization is especially concerned with children who will begin to use more and more e-readers in schools instead of print. They are concerned that the Kindle devices nor the book files used in conjunction with them are not accesible to students who are blind or have print disabilities.”GeekWire
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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