Rumor: Google Planning to Open Retail Stores? – Google is supposedly going to be opening retail store to sell its tablets, phones and upcoming Google Glasses. I’d be surprised if Google didn’t opt for partnerships with Target and Best Buy for an in-store boutique. If Google does launch a physical brick and mortar retail experience, I would guess that Amazon can’t be far behind. PCMag.com
Online Battle Over Ancient Scrolls Spawns Real-World Consequences – Sent to me by hapax, this NY Times story recounts an astounding case of sock puppetry which ended in a prison sentence. Raphael Golb was found guilty of 30 of 31 counts of wrongdoings, including two felonies. The charges included identity theft, criminal impersonation and aggravated harassment.. Golb had been found guilty of sending emails pretending to be a professor admitting to plagiarism. This professor had once assisted the FBI and now, in return, the FBI helped him get in touch with an Assistant District Attorney. This launched an investigation which unraveled Golb’s years of defense of his father’s scholarly work regarding Dead Sea scrolls. This defense took the form of up to 80 sock puppets and a concerted attack against another scholar accusing him of antisemitism. NYTimes.com
Hybrid Library: QR Codes Access eBooks in Subway Station – The images that you see here aren’t pictures of books on shelves in a subway station in Bucharest. Instead, it is a photo of spines and covers with QR Codes. See a book you like? Scan the QR code and a sample will be downloaded to your device. You can then read or borrow the title. “The hybrid digital/physical library/bookstore project is a collaboration between Humanitas and Vodaphone – a guerrilla marketing campaign highlighting both the power of mobile technology and the offerings of the bookseller.”WebUrbanist
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com