I think what is most remarkable about this video is that it contains actual photos of Earth and space, not computer generated graphics. Mind blowing and beautiful.
600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle – ” A revolutionary discovery is rewriting the history of underwear: Some 600 years ago, women wore bras. The University of Innsbruck said Wednesday that archeologists found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra had commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset.” Yahoo News
I got excited about this and then someone deflated my balloon with the following post.
History Hoydens – “On to the “bra”. Please look closely at this garment. The bottom is frayed. Why? Because there’s something missing. Please look at the side. See all the little eyelet holes? Those are for lacing. What was the MAIN female undergarment of the day? The kirtle (a long, tightly-fitted smock). You can see tons of examples of this garment in the Wenceslaus Bible (dated to the late 14th century). There is NOTHING groundbreaking about finding the top portion of a kirtle.” History Hoydens
Pearson to acquire Author Solutions, Inc for $116m – “Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is today announcing the acquisition of Author Solutions, Inc (ASI) from Bertram Capital for $116 million in cash. Formed in 2007, ASI is now the world’s leading provider of professional self-publishing services. It has enabled 150,000 authors to publish, market and distribute more than 190,000 books in print and electronic formats and benefits from several powerful growth trends including user-generated content, eBooks and digital publishing and marketing technologies.” Pearson Press Release
This is kind of interesting. Pearson has Book Country, a platform that is designed to encourage self publishing and now it is acquiring one of the largest independent self publishing arms. If ASI sounds familiar it is because ASI powers Harlequin Dell Arte and Thomas Nelson’s self publishing arms, only a few years ago this was known as vanity publishing.
Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog – “Well, you’ve probably figured it out from the title, but it’s because I’ve been involved in a case regarding a photo I used on my blog. Like most of you, I’m a casual blogger and learned my way into blogging by watching others. And one of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures. “ Roni Loren
Roni Loren goes on to state that she was sued by the copyright owner of one of the images and even after she took the image down, she was asked for compensation. I didn’t realize that the use of copyrighted images was so widespread amongst bloggers although some of us did mention the irony of authors using copyrighted images (or talking about buying knock off handbags) while also being up in arms over piracy. One of the easiest and free things to do is use Flickr-Advanced Search-Creative Commons photos. Also look for sites that allow you to embed photos like LOLCats. Or pay for an image service like Big Stock Photo.
Zola Aims to Replace Google Books, Then Take on Amazon | Digital Book World – “A new bookselling start-up funded by authors and other investors is forming partnerships with publishers and independent booksellers and aims to replace the Google eBooks re-seller program as the go-to platform for indies interested in selling e-books. Oh, and the company plans on taking on Amazon, too. Zola Books is a New York-based start-up that has raised $1.3 million from investors, including well-known authors like Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Josh Bazell, (Beat the Reaper) and Chandler Burr (The Emperor of Scent) and plans to offer independent bookstores an online storefront from which to sell e-books, much like Google Books.” Digital Book World
This site is apparently in private beta right now. There is a section for “curators” which I presume is like bloggers or people with large twitter feeds. Curators will be able to earn affiliate fees (like Amazon allows).
Tor/Forge E-Books Are Now DRM-Free | Tor.com – “Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor and Forge, is pleased to announce that all of their ebooks are now available DRM-free from Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, Google, and most other major ebook retailers.“It’s clear to us that this is what our customers want,” said senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden. “We see it in the success of SF publishers like Baen and Angry Robot that have preceded us in going DRM-free. To the best of our knowledge we’re the first division of a Big Six publishing conglomerate to go down this road, but we doubt very much that we’ll be the last.” Tor