Wednesday News: Happy Birthday to the Crossword Puzzle, Baidu buys up another competitor, Counting American novelists, Online book editing, and Marvel holiday covers

Wednesday News: Happy Birthday to the Crossword Puzzle, Baidu buys up...

“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

“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