Wednesday News: Tor Labs, rethinking the cardboard box, Free Comic Book Day, and heart-melting photo shoot
Tor Books announces a new fiction imprint dedicated to experimental storytelling – So Tor (aka Macmillan) is all about “experimentation” now, with “mad-scientist” inspired Tor Labs. It may not be the most auspicious of beginnings, given the fact that they’re pitching an audio drama as NEW NEW NEW (wasn’t Audible doing this at least a year ago, maybe more?), but it does seem to bolster the trend in storytelling beyond the format of the traditional book (digital and paper).
Palmieri noted that while audiobooks have existed for decades — Macmillan, Tor’s parent company even runs its own talk show-style podcasts — “no US book publisher, as far as we knew, was doing audio dramas — plays written to be performed by voice actors.” . . .
This new venture is interesting because it isn’t focused on telling stories through the traditional means of physical, printed books, but as a testbed for figuring out how to tell stories as new technologies present themselves. “If the science fiction business teaches us anything,” Gunnels says, “it’s that we can’t fully imagine what new technologies will enable us to do until they’re upon us. We want Tor Labs to be open to these changes in how people tell and experience stories.” – The Verge
UPS will save you from that mountain of empty Amazon boxes – As someone who recycles more cardboard boxes than I would like to admit, I am thrilled at the idea of alternate packaging options. The inventor of Bubble Wrap has partnered with UPS to develop a Packaging Innovation Center, where they are developing and testing new packaging methods. They are even working to innovate Bubble Wrap (e.g. with dog-bone shaped bubbles).
There’s a huge shift in consumer spending going on, with billions of dollars moving from stores to websites. That’s been a boon for companies like Amazon and a big problem for traditional retailers and malls. But it’s created problems, too, for online retailers and shippers, which now have more and more packages they need to ship at faster rates to keep up with customers’ demands. . . .
Shipping channels and delivery trucks are getting clogged, shipping costs are pushing up prices for retailers and consumers, and there’s a lot more trash, like that mound of Amazon boxes you’re storing in the kitchen. By 2020, FTI Consulting predicts that e-commerce will reach 20 percent of all US retail, doubling its sales in just 10 years. That means this logjam may worsen and slow shipping times, so good luck getting that Harry Potter limited-edition action figure with same-day delivery. – CNET
FCBD: 15 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017 TITLES YOU NEED TO GET – Saturday, May 6th, is Free Comic Book Day, and CBR has a list of recommendations, including Wonder Woman, The Tick, Buffy: The High School Years, and I Hate Image. For more information on FCBD 2017, including a list of participating stores, you can check out the official website.
With spring in the air and a new Marvel movie in theaters, it’s time for the 16th annual Free Comic Book Day! On Saturday, May 6, 2017, comic book stores in North America and all around the world will be giving away free comics. With 50 titles from a wide range of publishers including Marvel, DC Comics and Image Comics, this is a can’t-miss event for any comic fan and a great way to introduce readers of all ages to the wide world of comics.
Now, CBR has your guide for the Free Comic Book Day comics you need to pick up! While the selection and availability of titles will vary from store to store, these comics are some of the best bets for new readers and seasoned collectors alike. – CBR
My 13-Year-Old Son Surprised His 5-Year-Old Sister With Disney Princess Photoshoot – We’ve seen some adorable father-daughter photo shoots, but this gift from an older brother to his younger sister, especially given the backstory, may top them all.
There’s something to be said about brotherly love, and the strength of a sibling bond. My 13 year old son Anthony struggles with depression. It has been a battle for him for some time now, and it isn’t always easy for him to be light and joyful… Enter Belle. Anabel, more lovingly referred to as Belle (yes, like the princess) is Anthony’s 5 year old sister. She is a carefree, effervescent, bouncing ball of sunshine. She has a fairy like quality about her, and makes friends wherever she goes. However, her best friend is Anthony. They have an unshakable sibling bond that stems from the light that she bring to him when he finds himself in dark places. . . .
The inspiration behind the photo shoot came about after the birth of my 7th child, I was looking online at princess gowns for myself (I’m a shameless Disneyphile and thought maybe buying myself a princess gown would motivate me to lose the weight left over from my recent pregnancy) when Anthony spied a Prince Charming costume. That’s when he took over the search. He looked at me and asked if I would buy him one of the prince costumes. He said he would like to dress up and plan a photo shoot for Belle, since we had recently celebrated her birthday. As both their mom, and a photographer, I was all about it! We set to work putting together the Prince Charming costume right down to the white gloves and the black shoes that he shined himself the old fashioned way, with solid polish and an old rag. Then he chose a Snow White dress to match the blue and red costume he had chosen for himself. – Bored Panda