Amazon Launches Library Lending, But Who Owns the Books?

I’m really looking forward to this. I hope Amazon doesn’t find some way to make it suck. Amazon said on Wednesday that it will roll out a Kindle Lending Library later this year, which will allow users of the popular e-reader to borrow books from more than 11,000 libraries throughout the United States. While there are some interesting features included in this program — such as the ability to keep…

Mansion in New York Believe To Have Inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” Being Demolished | Batangas Today | Breaking News, World News And More News

The mansion in New York which some say F. Scott Fitzgerald partied is being demolished. The demolition was said to have started on Saturday. As reported earlier, the mansion will be replaced by five houses each with a $10 million tag price.Mansion in New York Believe To Have Inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” Being Demolished | Batangas Today | Breaking News, World News And More News.

All those tweets, apps, updates may drain brain

“The best way to define it is in terms of the offline consequences,” said Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, director of Stanford’s Impulse Control Disorders Clinic and author of the new book “Virtually You.” “Are we suffering in terms of our cognition and attention spans because of all the time we spend online? Is our professional life negatively impacted because of all the nonessential Internet surfing we do at work?” Too often,…

Emily Short Talks Building Interesting Gameplay Around Dialogue

Short recalled a brief conversation she had with Chris Crawford at GDC in which he critiqued her and others interactive narrative games. “Youre not giving the player enough of a chance to respond; the game is doing all the talking and the player is doing all of the listening.”Said Short, “I assume what he wanted me to do was give the player more of a chance to respond, but being…

‘Robot Journalist’ Out-Writes Human Sports Reporter

Sports journalism is full of colorful figures of speech, invented by writers who wanted to put a little variety into their writing. When given objective data about the game, a computer program has done a fairly good job of emulating sports lingo. The following story starts out by critiquing a sports news story that some skeptics assumed had been written by a machine. The writer of that story — it…

“The Wilder Life”: A “Little House on the Prairie” road trip

When her boyfriend gave her copy of a travel guide for Wilder buffs, McClure added an itinerary of pilgrimages throughout the Midwest to her holiday plans. None of the Ingalls family’s several houses remains standing, but there are reconstructions of the little house in the big woods, the sod house from “On the Banks of Plum Creek” and, of course, the little house on the prairie. The site for the…

My Latest Classic Tales Online Purchase

Just finished listening to B. J. Harris narrate The Moonstone. The plot isn’t exactly rollicking, but I enjoyed the shifting narrators and in many paces Harris’s characterization of the fussy servant Betteredge made me laugh out loud. I really enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, wherein Harris narrates about an hour of literature — a short story or part of a novel, or very rarely some poetry — each week, for…

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Misplaced Auto-playing ABC Video Clip (with No Pause Button) Diminishes the Value of the Story I Want to Read (and Recommend)

The video clip on this page does not match the story, and there does not seem to be any way to post from my blog to the print version of the article. Looks like a silly attempt to control web visitors, in such a way as to prop up ABC’s slice of the dwindling TV empire. Though there’s a “play” button below the image, the clip plays automatically, and there…