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Tuesday News: Tarantino sues Gawker, James Baldwin and Audre Lorde converse, digital publishing is growing in India, successful books are vivisected, and more questions emerge about new Adobe DRM strategy

Tuesday News: Tarantino sues Gawker, James Baldwin and Audre Lorde converse,...

“Tarantino’s lawyers filed a lawsuit that said: ‘Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck. This time they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally.’” Los Angeles Times

“If we can put people on the moon and we can blow this whole planet up, if we can consider digging 18 inches of radioactive dirt off of the Bikini atolls and somehow finding something to do with it – if we can do that, we as Black cultural workers can somehow begin to turn that stuff around – because there’s nobody anymore buying ‘cave politics’ – ‘Kill the mammoth or else the species is extinct.’ We have moved beyond that. Those little scrubby-ass kids in the sixth grade – I want those Black kids to know that brute force is not a legitimate way of dealing across sex difference. I want to set up some different paradigms.” MoCADA Museum

“‘We have therefore started reaching out to bloggers with a significant audience. They are definitely more unbiased and objective in their feedback,’ Karthika said as she stressed the growing reach of social networking in particular and the World Wide Web in general in today’s context. ‘It is intriguing to see the rising demand for e-books. For instance, our own survey shows that an e-book that made Rs 25,000 a few months ago is now generating revenue of about Rs 1.25 lakh,’ she noted.” Times Of India

“Perhaps Adobe should have adopted a more long term and integrated approach by embedding both encrypted and later watermarked solutions within InDesign and collected the money in the upstream development. They could have still offered the downstream licence operation but would have probably achieved greater control of the market. Files could have been automatically exported in multiple formats all offering the publisher multiple channels and retailers an incentive to do what they do best – price and sell. Also it should be noted that as Adobe move towards the subscription based licencing of all their tools, this simpler approach could have been bundled in as a value added incentive to publishers.” Brave New World

Daily Deals: Classic and current bad boys of contemporary romance for 99c

Daily Deals: Classic and current bad boys of contemporary romance for...

2940148402848_p0_v1_s260x420Sandra’s Classics – The Bad Boys of Romance – Boxed Set by Sandra Marton. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

SANDRA’S CLASSICS: THE BAD BOYS OF ROMANCE

Five full length novels of Classic Romance. Sexy. Sassy. Tender. Tantalizing.

Intimate Strangers: A city girl & a hard-bodied cowboy, stranded alone together in the wilderness.

Night Fires: New Orleans. Mardi Gras. A woman on the run, and the lover who may also be her killer.

Fly Like an Eagle: He’s a reformed jewel thief, or so he claims. But he also steals women’s hearts.

Deal With The Devil: A nation in flames. A dangerous stranger can save her, if she agrees to become his wife.

Lovescenes: A rock star making a career change. A struggling actress. Is he using her to get what he wants?

I believe these were originally HPs. Marton’s bio says that she just completed her 80th novel, signed her latest multi-book contract, and has approximately 35,000,000 (and counting!) books in print in twenty-plus languages.

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9781617731242_p0_v1_s260x420Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #1) by Joanne Fluke. $.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Discover The Delicious Mystery That Started It All!

No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke’s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes–one delicious clue at a time–has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a bakery, a murder, and some suddenly scandalous chocolate-chip crunchies. Featuring a bonus short story and brand new, mouthwatering recipes, this new edition of the very first Hannah Swensen mystery is sure to have readers coming back for seconds. . .

Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother’s attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden’s most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can’t get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

“A cleverly plotted cozy full of appealing characters and delicious cookie recipes.” –Publishers Weekly

This is a very successful mystery series. I believe they fall under the category of “cozy mysteries.”
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9781622663538_p0_v4_s260x420In Bed with Mr. Wrong by Katee Robert. $.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The blind date from hell is about to get hotter…

Brianne Nave is never doing her friends a favor again. When they begged her to go on a blind date, she didn’t expect someone so perfectly gorgeous. She’s a mousy librarian—totally not in this man’s league. And judging by his odd reaction when she opens the door, he knows it, too.

Air Force Pararescuer Ryan Flannery avoids his hometown at all costs. He’s not thrilled about the date until he’s shocked silent by the prickly little librarian’s sweet curves and kissable lips…and her smart mouth. But then an argument leads to a kiss that spirals out of control. How can two people have so little chemistry outside the bedroom when they fit together so perfectly in it?

When their friends strand them in a cabin to “work things out,” Bri’s not sure whether to kill him or put the industrial-sized box of condoms they find to use. Bottom line—Ryan’s career military and hates the tiny town she loves. He’ll leave, just like everyone else in her life. And if she’s foolish enough to give him her heart, he’ll take it with him.

For some reason (and this is not at all like me), I’m having problems pulling the trigger on this book. Can you guys convince me?

 

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2940148180326_p0_v1_s260x420Changing His Game by Justine Elvira. $.99

From the Jacket Copy:

*Warning: This book is for mature readers ages 18 and up. It contains sex, sex, and more sex with a porn star. It briefly touches on M/F/M and M/F/F.

Adult Films. XXX Movies. Porn.

These are the kind of movies I’ve never planned to watch. It was a taboo topic where I grew up. As a kid I had only heard of it in passing. In middle school my parents would talk about my creepy uncle Frank and how he should look for a job instead of watching “those movies” all day. In High School boys thought it was funny to ask my friends and me to star in the amateur adult films they were making. In college most of my guy friends watched them, but I never had. When I moved to California that changed.

After surprising my fiancé at home and catching him screwing another woman, I hopped in my car and started driving. I was running away from my old life and I needed a change. I remembered my friend Tawny inviting me to visit her in Los Angeles, so that’s where I went.

I didn’t find Tawny when I got there, but I did find her gorgeous roommate, Jared. Our friendship started out rough, but he gave me a place to stay and helped me get back on my feet. He became my best friend. My best friend who millions of women happened to lust over.

Jared plays by a different set of rules, where anything goes. His lifestyle is unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before and it scares me. When you live your life on the edge, eventually you’ll fall over. I didn’t want to see that happen to him.

At night he’s just Jared, my Jared, and I’ll deny it to anyone who asks, but I’m completely in love with him. During the day he’s Brandon Boner, and the world is in love with him.

Oh yeah, did I mention he’s a porn star?

I did buy this book. Porn stars are not my favorite characters but I thought I’d give it a try to expand my reading tastes.

 

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