“To commemorate the holidays, he “synthesized a lot of different puzzles into one,” Reagle explained, and called it a “word-cross.” A few weeks later, a typographer miswrote it as “crossword.” Wynne decided he liked that phrasing better, and that’s how it’s been known ever since.”Slate
Baidu boosts e-books offering with $31M acquisition of rival site – At first I was going to suggest that Chinese search engine Baidu is the Google of China. But now I’m wondering if Amazon is not the better analogy. In any case, Baidu seems to be in buy-out-its-competitors mode, this time gaining the e-bookstore Zongheng, which was a subsidiary of a gaming company. For $31M, Baidu has acquired more than 100,000 more ebooks to their e-bookstore. Their overall acquisitions budget for 2013 is $2.74B.TechInAsia
How Many Novelists are at Work in America? – There is a lot of stuff here, some of it interesting, some of it speculative (see the excerpt below; is he suggesting that self-employed individuals are switching over to writing novels?). Among the interesting: almost 300,000 self-published books were produced in 2012, 1900 independent bookstores were still in business, and 600-700 books a week were submitted to the Los Angeles Times for review. As for the answer to the question posed by the title of the article, it’s actually fewer than I thought.
“Before sifting through the numbers, I want to point out that there’s an inverse relationship between small business entrepreneurship and the number of people writing novels in America. While the number of self-employed Americans has been dropping for years and is considered by most economists to be in steady decline, the number of novelists continues to grow. There are more novels being written and published (traditionally and through self-publishing) than at any other time in U.S. history. A handful of novels were published during the writing of this paragraph.”The Millions
Walter Isaacson Solicits Feedback For New Book Online – I have to say that I find Medium a very interesting online venue, especially since it was created by the same people who started Twitter. But I’m not sure how I feel about Walter Isaacson posting a couple of chapters from his new book there and soliciting feedback from readers. It will be interesting to see what people say and how/if he incorporates reader feedback into the book.Galley Cat
Marvel Comics: 15 Merry Holiday Covers – Let’s do one last holiday post, and let it be this fun review of some great Marvel Comics holiday covers. It’s a real challenge to choose a favorite, although Hulk in front of the Christmas tree is pretty good. So is the Avengers cover set in a sleigh. Entertainment Weekly
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