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Tuesday News: #AmazonCart on Twitter; the real, made-up Apple Earbuds; the...

Twitter’s New #AmazonCart Deal Won’t Be Its Big Commerce Moneymaker – So now you can add products to your Amazon cart with a Twitter hashtag. First, of course, you have to link up the two accounts, and I don’t think the service works for items that can only be purchased with a one click setting (like digital media). But this is a pretty interesting experiment, even if it’s not anticipated to be a major cash cow for Twitter, which will not be making any money off the hashtag. Which strikes me as a good thing in terms of precedent, but it also makes me wonder how Twitter is going to apply the results of the experiment to its own business model.

Jane’s note: This does not work for digital products as I was told that digital products don’t use the shopping cart but the 1 click buy instead. Therefore when you use #AmazonCart with a kindle link, you are sent an email and a sample.


Yet even if the new partnership becomes a hit, Twitter won’t get a cut of any of the sales that originated with the #AmazonCart hashtag, spokespeople for both companies confirmed. So for those waiting for Twitter’s real commerce initiative, in which the company will make money by letting its users buy products and services right in their Twitter streams, this isn’t it. –re/code

I “Leaked” the story about the Biometric EarPods. But I’m not proud of it. – So did you see the “secret” about Apple releasing EarPods with a blood pressure and heart monitor?  Well, the person who put that on Secret actually made it up, and in an eerie, paranoia-inducing twist, Apple is, in fact, planning just such a product. Which has led to an interesting situation, because Apple tends to be somewhat pissy about employees leaking information about its products, and the person who made this little item up doesn’t want to get anyone from Apple into trouble, nor does he want to be seen as a prospective Apple employee. This story kind of reminded me of the post I referenced last week about the interplay between science and Science Fiction.

I’d been messing around with secret as an outlet for comedy. The anonymous nature makes it a fun place to post things you can’t on twitter. I’ve been posting a few jokes there for a week or two. Because of the way Secret works, your posts only go to your friends and so I’ve been posting stuff there to try and give my friends a laugh. I like jokes and funny ideas and so Twitter and Secret are great for this kind of stuff. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it art but it’s a place I can test my creativity in a way I like to. –Tumblr

Announcing Book Smugglers Publishing: We Want Your Short Stories – Speaking of coincidences, when we posted our little April Fools’ joke here at Dear Author, little did we know that a reader blog would actually try its hand at publishing. But today, Ana and Thea, collectively known as The Book Smugglers, announced that they are looking to publish original short stories. I’ve always had the highest respect for Ana and Thea and for their excellent blog, and I know I shouldn’t be surprised at this turn of events, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t. Will this change how readers perceive their blog? Will it start a new trend among bloggers? It’s definitely a bold and interesting move on their part, and I wish them the best of luck.

This time, we’re looking for original short stories from all around the world. Our goal is to publish at least three short stories every year, unified by a central theme (that will change each year). Each short story will be accompanied by one original piece of artwork from an artist commissioned by us separately.

In 2014, we are looking for subversive fairy tale retellings. –The Book Smugglers

Do You Remove Book Jackets? – As much as I love the idea of a book jacket, more often than not I find it gets in the way of reading. How about you – do you remove a book’s jacket or leave it on? Or do you take it off while you’re reading, or maybe use it as a bookmark? There’s a link to a blog post on the subject and a survey, and you can click on either the Mental Floss article or the original blog post first if you don’t want to know which side is winning so far.  –Mental Floss

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!


  1. library addict
    May 06, 2014 @ 05:16:53

    I used to take my dust jackets off when I read hardcovers when I was younger, but stopped doing so. I have been known to use the flap as a bookmark when I cannot find one my gazillion bookmarks (or the dog ran off with the one I was using)

  2. Helen
    May 06, 2014 @ 06:54:09

    e-books don’t have dust jackets!

  3. Laura Jardine
    May 06, 2014 @ 07:44:24

    I always remove the book jacket…but I honestly can’t remember the last hardcover book I read. Even before I got my e-reader (more than 2 years ago), I didn’t buy hardcover books. They were just too damn expensive.

  4. Joy B
    May 06, 2014 @ 08:06:12

    I always take off the book jacket while reading is in progress…..then put in back on before shelving. But I only read the In Death books in hardback.

  5. Angela
    May 06, 2014 @ 08:07:25

    I always remove the dust jacket, too. But like others have stated I can’t remember the last time I actually read a hardcover (that didn’t have the dust jacket taped on from the library)….

    If I actually used twitter more often that #AmazonCart thing might be tempting. But, on an only slightly related note, I HATE the hashtag thing. I don’t know why it irritates me so much, but it just does.

  6. Lostshadows
    May 06, 2014 @ 09:07:17

    I take off dust jackets. The things always slide while I’m trying to read. Since I’m really good at losing them*, its probably a good thing I can’t do it with library books.

    *A few were “lost” due to really ugly artwork.

  7. Evangeline
    May 06, 2014 @ 09:13:49

    I keep them on. I buy lots of used history books, so the few that do come with a dust jacket intact are treasured.

  8. VickeyS
    May 06, 2014 @ 10:06:55

    I take the dust jackets off while I’m reading the book and will usually use it as a boook mark. When I am done, I reshelve the book with the jacket

  9. Mzcue
    May 06, 2014 @ 12:07:16

    Horrors! I’m too persnickety to expose an uncovered hardback to threats of scuffing, scratching or spilling. My books stay modestly clothed, thank you very much.

  10. Lindsay
    May 06, 2014 @ 12:17:03

    I always took them off if it wasn’t a library book, because they’d slip or get creased somehow. Of course, I wasn’t so good at putting them back on, either, so my shelves tended to have a bunch of naked books on them.

    The few I do have keep their jackets on now, but they’re mostly physical copies of something I already have an e-book of, heh.

  11. MrsJoseph
    May 06, 2014 @ 15:50:44

    I always remove my dust jackets so they don’t get ruined. Then I recover them when done.

    My mom would be so disappointed. SHE removes the official jacket and creates her own “reading” jacket with leftover newsprint or paperbags. Then replaces the official jacket after reading.

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