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The Most Popular Book in Each of the 50 States – So the first caveat here is the results are limited to Scribd downloads, which makes the results both narrower and more interesting. Alabama, for example, was Lisa Kleypas’s Midnight Angel, Missouri, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Tennessee, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max, and in Texas, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.  –Parade

Amazon raises price of Prime membership to $99 – For anyone who joins Prime after March 20th or renews an exiting Prime membership after April 17th, the cost will now be $99, instead of $79. Since Amazon originally floated the possibility of a $40 increase, this almost seems like a bargain, and since Prime members spend more money at Amazon (well, duh), it’s definitely a long-term win (again) for Amazon. Not to mention all of us Prime Members who will likely buy even more stuff to justify that extra $20 (suckers that we are). Seriously, though, Amazon Prime has to be one of the best advertising strategies of all time.

“Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same. If you consider things like inflation and fuel costs, a Prime membership valued at $79 in 2005 would be worth more than $100 today,” she said. –USA Today

Sexual Assault Survivors Answer The Question “What Were You Wearing When You Were Assaulted?” – MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING! I’m not even going to quote any of this piece, it’s so heartbreaking and infuriating. Still, it’s always important (albeit sadly necessary), to battle the bullshit ‘women are asking for it’ insinuations. –Buzzfeed

Microsoft and Nook redo their agreement; no Microsoft e-reader in the works – So apparently it’s official now, and the expected Microsoft digital reading device is now dust in the wind. Or, more properly, merely an ereading app. I admit to being kind of excited by the idea of an Office Reader App, which apparently is in development, but it appears that Nook is the real winner in this deal, at least in terms of the way it will continue to deliver digital content via Nook ereaders and Windows Phones.

Here’s exactly what the 8-K says:

“Pursuant to the Amendment, NOOK Media LLC (“NOOK Media”) and Microsoft agreed to co-branding within the Microsoft Consumer Reader for reading content delivered by NOOK Media. The Amendment also provided that subject to certain conditions NOOK Media would be permitted to discontinue distributing the NOOK Windows app and will cooperate in good faith with Microsoft to transition users to the Microsoft Consumer Reader. Microsoft and NOOK Media also agreed to updated revenue sharing to address this possibility. The Amendment also permits NOOK Media to cease efforts with respect to a Windows phone app.” –ZDNet

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  1. Lee Fries
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 04:30:24

    Thanks for explaining about the “Favorite Books by State” blurb in Parade magazine. When I read it on Sunday and saw Murder on the Orient Express for Texas I thought how random!

  2. Kate Hewitt
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 05:25:19

    The ‘what you are wearing’ twitter thread is heartbreaking, but I don’t really get why the question is asked in the first place. If she’s trying to point out the majority of victims weren’t wearing provocative clothing, it could be seen that she is implying that wearing provocative clothing justifies assault. The question, imo, shouldn’t be asked at all because the answer is irrelevant.

  3. Babyfishmouth
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 08:21:54

    A little tip to lock in the $79 Prime for another year that I read about an another site:

    If your Amazon Prime membership is going to expire on or after April 17th, you can do the following:
    1. Turn off auto-renew
    2. Buy the Prime Gift Membership and set the date to give the gift membership to one day after your Prime Membership expires.
    3. Enter your own email address as the Prime Gift membership recipient.

    You should get an email the day after your regular membership expires with your new gift membership and then can apply it to your account. You’ve just saved $20.

    You might even be able to buy two gift memberships and set the second one to deliver in 2015.

  4. Amanda
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 08:27:41

    I have only had Prime two months, hopefully it will eventually prove that its worth the price hike to me, so far it hasn’t been worth the $79. I think I would be more happy if every non-book item I wanted didn’t end up being an Add-on item and not qualifying for free 2-day through prime.

  5. Tina
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 08:28:11

    @Kate Hewitt:

    The person who asked the original question is rather upset with Buzzfeed because they did not properly contextualize the twitter conversation. And while they took pains to get permission from the responders to her tweet, they did they ask her permission to use her name or her photo since she had also identified herself is a survivor.

    A better place to read about it is at The Root ( where the journalist actually reached out to the author of the original tweet, found the background and tells the entire story. As is noted in The Root article, she had just had a rather contentious debate with a follower who insisted that “women’s revealing attire could be a contributing factor to sexual assault.” She was trying to convince him of the absurdity of that conclusion. Hence the question.

  6. Tina
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 08:29:57

    Ugh… no editing…

    That should read ” And while they took pains to get permission from the responders to her tweet, they did NOT ask her permission to use her name or her photo since she had also identified herself is a survivor. “

  7. Tsuki
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 09:40:52

    I got an email from Amazon yesterday stating my renewal in 2014 would remain at 79 dollars and increase next year. My renewal date is in August so…the date up there might not be accurate.

  8. Kate Hewitt
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 11:37:35

    @Tina: Thank you! That is good to know.

  9. Robin/Janet
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 11:49:33

    @Tina and @Kate Hewitt: I could be wrong, but I thought it was the article in Death and Taxes that provided the backstory, as well as Christine Fox’s response, although The Root article may have been published before D&T’s. By the time I saw any of it, Buzzfeed had edited its post, re-titled it, and provided the context for the discussion, and still had the most comprehensive collection of (permission-granted) tweets.

  10. Char
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 13:40:07


    I totally agree with you. I have been force to either spend $25 every order now to get those add on items which Amazon keeps adding nearly every thing under $10 to or buy from merchants who offer free shipping. Prime isn’t what it use to be for me either. Their 2 day shipping has turn into 3-4 days for me depending on the carrier. I’m on the fence if I will renew again.

  11. Jenny
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 13:54:55

    Even with the $20 increase, Prime is still worth it to me, especially around Christmas time when my son hands me a list that I can clear in one online shopping trip to Amazon. To put it in even more perspective, I recently reviewed our Fed Ex bill at my day job and was stunned by our overnight shipping charges and the nitpicky items we’re hit with, like .50 when I print a label myself or 4.50 when I request a signature from my recipient. It’s shocking that it costs $30 to ship a package one-way, so paying $99 a year to have all my items shipped to me in two days is a bargain IMO.

  12. leslie
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 17:27:11

    Some book news.

    A friend sent me this link…….an interesting list, but I had never heard of the “best romance” choice.

  13. SonomaLass
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 00:11:03

    @Kate Hewitt: My understanding was that the “what were you wearing” thread was a response to a tweet claiming that skimpy clothes provoke rape. So it was intended to show that the clothes weren’t relevant.

    I have mixed feelings about the various media accounts/responses. It seemed so clear that the originating question came from a survivor that I really can’t accept that anyone thought it was okay to use her Twitter handle and photo without clear consent.

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