Amazon Media Room: Press Releases – Amazon might actually be making money this past quarter. Sales are up 22% and net sales grew 25% over last year. Operating income decreased to $79 million as opposed to $107 million from last year and net loss was a measly $7 million compared to a net income of $7 million in Q2 of last year. This quarter’s announcement also highlighted its Goodreads acquisition and that Goodreads now boasts 20 million members as opposed to the 10 million users it had a year ago. PW notes that the digital products from Kindles to digital content are driving the increase in sales.
The Economist explains: Why do some writers use pseudonyms? – The Economist posits three main reasons why authors take a pseudonym and none will be of much surprise to readers. Generally speaking anonymity, freedom to write without expectations, and to create distance from their existing personas. The Economist
Science Reveals Wolverine’s True Weaknesses – This is a fun article at Popular Science about the three main weaknesses of Wolverine – susceptibility to blows to the head; cancer; and magnets. Wolverine basically has a metal exoskeleton but that doesn’t make him invincible. But the PS article rests on Wolverine no longer having regenerative powers, which is the premise of Wolverine 2. Science doesn’t reveal exactly how Wolverine loses his powers. Any guesses? Or do we know from the comics? Popular Science
Jane Austen to be face of the Bank of England £10 note – Jane Austen is going to be on the next £10 note taking the place of Charles Darwin in 2017. In the history of famous person English banknotes, there have been two other women: Elizabeth Fry and Florence Nightingale. That’s three more than women on any US bills. BBC News