Thursday News: B&N defers digital audio plans, George RR Martin plans rest of series, rare audio readings, and multi-function jewelry

Thursday News: B&N defers digital audio plans, George RR Martin plans...

B&N Plans Return to Digital Audiobooks – Publishers Weekly is reporting that Barnes and Noble, which recent announced that it was closing its downloadable audio book business, is still interested in physical audiobooks, and will, at some point in the future, be re-introducing some form of digital audiobook. Filed under things that make you go hmm.

The spokesperson continued: “We have plans to provide customers with a more well integrated digital audio experience at a future date yet to be determined. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and ask for their patience.” –Publishers Weekly

George R.R. Martin talks “Game of Thrones” publishing plans – So the fact that George R.R. Martin is even talking about finishing the Song of Ice and Fire series seems like pretty fantastic news to fans, but now there is confusion, excitement, and perhaps even disappointment over the possibility that the series might extend to eight, rather than seven, books. Has the cable series affected the timeframe in which readers can expect the rest of the series, do you think, or is there no connection.

“My plan is to finish in seven,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.” –CBS News

19 Rare Recordings of Famous Authors – Given the post above about audiobooks, check out these remarkable audio recordings from authors including Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Arthur Conan Doyle, Tennyson, and Langston Hughes. Apparently Thomas Edison recorded Whitman reading “America.”  –Mental Floss

A Necklace to Save You From That Awkward Date – For weeks, every time I opened my Yahoo homepage this article would come up. Finally, I clicked on it, and was like, hmm, how many Romance novel heroines need this kind of device?! Apparently it calls your cellphone so you can get yourself out of a bad date. It’s called the Guardian Angel and also comes in bracelet form for a mere $120. On a more serious note, it can also transmit an SOS message to an emergency contact, with a link to the wearer’s location.

“Especially in a workplace or social scenario, there can be social penalties for confronting harassers directly,” said Corinna Lim, AWARE executive director, in the press release. “The Guardian Angel can help defuse some harassment situations. The emergency contact function also empowers women to more easily seek help in cases of serious threat.” –ABC News