Are Comics Too Hot For Apple? – This is an interesting story for a whole host of reasons. Apple is rejecting a number of comics for no reason although the creators suspect that racy content is the basis. The banned comics can be purchased through the iBookstore or via the web and then synced to the device. What I found so curious is that Apple is banning “in app” content. The App is Comixology and through that app you can buy various comics. It the comic available within the App that is being rejected but that same comic can be found in the iBookstore. It seems inexplicable at this point. Publishers Weekly
Book Publishing’s Dirty Secret: Fact-Checking Is Basically Non-Existent – A book about Benghazi that was based on complete fabrications prompted this investigation by Media Matters into the non existent fact checking by publishers. This wouldn’t be the first book that has caught publishers with their pants down. Most obviously was the James Frey debacle wherein he wrote a “memoir” which was mostly fabricated but sold as a true story and then there was Herman Rosenblat who faked a Holocaust memoir. Wikipedia has a whole list of fake memoirs. The real question that needs to be answered is what are our expectations of publishers when it comes to these non fiction books? Media Matters for America
Amazon’s Next Kindle Paperwhite To Feature 300ppi Screen, Better Typography, Arrive Early Next Year – Tech Crunch reports that the 2014 Kindle Paperwhite will bring back physical buttons and a best in class eink screen. Tech Crunch is probably accurate given they had the Kindle Fire before anyone as well. The fact that Amazon is still innovating the eink device is a good sign. The device will offer new fonts, a glass screen, and a lightweight feel. The improved screen and glass casing may signal an increase in the cost but I’m guessing it won’t.
The edges of the device will also now be ‘buttons’ of a sort. According to what we’ve heard, instead of old-fashioned ’split’ buttons found on previous Kindles, these will be ’squeezable’ buttons that give off haptic feedback when activated. Theoretically, this should allow you to change pages without having to awkwardly reach over with your thumb to tap the ‘next page’ zone on the Paperwhite’s screen. And making the buttons squeezable keeps the sleek lines of the Paperwhite’s margins.TechCrunch
Folk Music in America – You can download 15 records published by the Library of Congress between 1976 and 1978 that celebrates folks music in America.
The music, pulled primarily from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song (now Archive of Folk Culture), spans nearly a century (1890-1976) and virtually every form that can be considered American music. This includes native American songs and instrumental music, music of immigrant cultures from all over the world, and uniquely American forms like blues, jazz and country.Dinosaur Discs
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.
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