The Music They Made –NYTimes is experimenting with video, sound, and visual applications to move into the 21st century. This is a collection of music snippets celebrating artists who died in 2012.NYTimes.com
NOOK Media Announces Strategic Investment by Pearson – Pearson is investing $89 million in Nook Media, the digital media arm of Barnes & Noble in exchange for 5% equity stake. Microsoft owns nearly 17% of Nook Media and there have been rumors that Nook Media will spin off from Barnes & Noble.Business Wire
Pearson is also granted an option to purchase an additional 5%. Pearson’s investment is deemed to be one to expand its educational reach.
Pearson’s strategic investment in NOOK Media will accelerate customer access to digital content by pairing its leading expertise in online learning with NOOK Media’s expertise in online distribution and customer service. This will facilitate improved discovery of available digital content and services, as well as seamless access.
Maratus splendens – The back of this spider is raised during periods of courtship, like a peacock, and is known as the Peacock Spider.Flickr
Giant spider eating a bird caught on camera – I tweeted the picture of the peacock spider and received this link back from Maria (@ladyval75). This spider is the Golden Orb Weaver and normally only grows as big as a hand. Only. Shudder. Basically, as Shiloh Walker pointed out, this is Shelob. Telegraph
Spider That Builds Its Own Spider Decoys Discovered – If you aren’t freaked out by the previous links about arachnids, read this article about a new species of spiders that has been discovered in Peruvian Amazon. This spider is so smart that it is building decoys of itself out of debris and dead insects to fool its prey. Wired.com
Why all the stuff about spiders? It’s been a slow news cycle in publishing since Christmas.
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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