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Monday News: Poverty moves into the suburbs; Adblock Plus may be accepting payoffs; Diagon Alley on StreetView

Monday News: Poverty moves into the suburbs; Adblock Plus may be...

“Often when we talk about rising suburban poverty, people automatically think about, ‘Well, who’s moving into these neighborhoods?’” Kneebone says. “But it’s not just people moving in. There have been two downturns in the last decade, and long-running structural changes in the economy, finding a lot of long-time suburban residents growing poorer, slipping down the economic ladder.”

“Google has reportedly paid the makers of Adblock Plus, the single most popular browser extension on Chrome and Firefox, to look the other way when it comes to its web advertisements. According to the German news site Horizont, Google and other unnamed companies are paying to be included on a “whitelist” that prevents their pop-ups, banners, and display ads from being blocked by the free service.”

Even worse, Ars Technica says that the app becomes totally useless as it drops DRM free album into the music folder. Ars Technica

Diagon Alley at Warner Bros

Thursday Midday Links (and Deals!): Adult Fiction eBook Sales Nearing 30% at Hachette; Amazon Gets Potter Books in Kindle Lending Library

Thursday Midday Links (and Deals!): Adult Fiction eBook Sales Nearing 30%...


Personal Note:  Of course agents are unhappy with the decline of paper books and frankly their opposition to the settlement just confirms the DOJ’s assertion to the court that ebook prices were held unnaturally high to prevent cannibalization of print book sales and to slow ebook adoption. If you haven’t sent a statement in support but would like to, please feel free to use this form:

Personal Note:  It looks like Hachette is going to pursue some kind of agency pricing deal with Amazon. The only agency pricing deal (which isn’t even agency pricing but whatever) limits the total number of discounts that Amazon can give on a book by the amount of commission Amazon earns on the aggregate sales of the publishers’ books.

Personal Note:  This is a story I have been following but didn’t post about. Apparently Pearson Publishing (a division of Pearson which is the parent of Penguin) provides testing materials to schools. A huge uproar began after there was a strange question on an English exam about the feelings of a pineapple. The author took to his website to answer questions about the Pineapple question. You can read more about it here. More problems arose. If the problems are truly because of proofing, then obviously some internal controls need to be instituted. Education, I believe, constitutes about half of the revenue of Pearson.




  • Lavendar Vows by Colleen Gleason * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Tainted by Temptation by Katy Madison * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lord of Vengeance by Lara Adrian * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Magic In His Kiss by Shari Anton * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • To Surrender to A Rogue by Cara Elliott * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • For Better or Hearse by Laura Durham * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Deception by Lee Nichols * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Doomsday Key and The Last Oracle with Bonus Excerpts by James Rollins * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Heart of the Dove by Lara Adrian * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Heart of the Hunter by Lara Adrian * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Heart of the Flame by Lara Adrian * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S

Finally, a fun info graphic from Online Universities:

E-book Nation