This and That

Congratulations to Jenny Milchman (print book)

and Jan Christensen (ebook), winners of

It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr!

 

It's Murder, My Son

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This was posted on the Forum on Horror Drive-In on 3/14 during a discussion about Barnes & Noble—Brian brings all the furor about ebook pricing down to a few simple statements and I heartily agree with him.

My Opinion:It isn’t important where readers buy their books.

 

What is important is that readers keep buying books.

 

I don’t have a horse in the B&N – Amazon – Mom and Pop race. I don’t think the ultimate outcome of this will impact authors and their livelihoods nearly as much as digital piracy and the predominance of Kindle “FREE” and “99 CENT” books will. We are training an entire generation of readers and consumers to expect the book for free, or next to nothing. I can’t feed my sons on free or next to nothing.

 

That being said, I do think it’s ridiculous that mainstream publishing price e-books the same as the trade or mass market editions. That’s silly.

 

I like Deadite’s method, in which the e-book costs about half of what the printed book costs. The reader gets a discount, the publisher still makes a profit, and at the end of the day, my kids still eat.

 

As I said, my opinion. I respect the differing opinions of others.

…Brian Keene, Author

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Baby Platypi Gangsters

Baby Platypi Gangsters

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This is such a cool discovery—

LONDON — Archaeologists excavating near Cambridge have stumbled upon a rare and mysterious find: The skeleton of a 7th-century teenager buried in an ornamental bed along with a gold-and-garnet cross, an iron knife and a purse of glass beads.

 

Experts say the grave is an example of an unusual Anglo-Saxon funerary practice of which very little is known. Just over a dozen of these “bed burials” have been found in Britain, and it’s one of only two in which a pectoral cross – meant to be worn over the chest – has been discovered.

Read more about this teen at the Huffington Post http://tinyurl.com/6p9ktju

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And in the realm of “No, it can’t be!” comes news that the Encyclopedia Britannica print edition has gone the way of the dodo—

Encyclopedia Britannica halts print publication after 244 years

The paper edition of the encyclopedia ends its centuries-long run, but is it a victim or beneficiary of the digital age? Seven million sets later, Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer publish volumes in print.

Its legacy winds back through centuries and across continents, past the birth of America to the waning days of the Enlightenment. It is a record of humanity’s achievements in war and peace, art and science, exploration and discovery. It has been taken to represent the sum of all human knowledge.

And now it’s going out of print.

Read more about the end of this particular icon at The Guardian http://tinyurl.com/6q559l2

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Juanita--Soylent GreenCourtesy of the Bloggess

Juanita–Soylent Green
Courtesy of the Bloggess