Book lovers are listening to literature as never before – KansasCity.com

In recent years, the tech-savvy 18-to-24 crowd has discovering audiobooks via digital downloads – a potential threat to the traditional audiobook industry, though CD audiobooks remain the backbone of the industry, partly because of massive sales to libraries. An estimated 10,000 audiobook titles appeared last year (compared with 316,480 traditional print titles), and sales totaled about $900 million in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available. Yet a…

Punctuation – University of Oxford

Oxford University says, As a general rule, do not use the serial/Oxford comma: so write ‘a, b and c’ not ‘a, b, and c’. But when a comma would assist in the meaning of the sentence or helps to resolve ambiguity, it can be used – especially where one of the items in the list is already joined by ‘and’ —Punctuation – University of Oxford.

Google steps up its game with larger Edu Apps inboxes | ZDNet

According to the Google Enterprise blog, Starting next week, new schools that migrate to Google Apps for Education will see 25GB mailboxes. Existing customers will see their mailboxes grow over the course of the next few weeks. Although this is a nice move from Google, especially for schools migrating from large Exchange or Lotus Notes implementations, most people don’t tend to hit their email quotas. Where they do often hit…

Making the Switch to GMail

Our wonderful IT folks have set up a push-the-button-and-it-just-works conversion from MS Outlook to GMail. My only real concern is that this gives me yet another GMail account where I might lose something… is there a way to cross-link GMail accounts? Time to Google for an answer. Update:  As part of the transfer process, I was warned that the Google services I had already been using under my SHU email…

James’s blog – Lost, lost, lost in a sea of conjecture

But that’s not all. This vocative form has an extra flexibility that enables you to transform a word in another case into a vocative as well. Let’s take the example above, but change “Paris Hilton” into the vocative form: “@AlexisPetridis, I enjoyed your hilarious review of the @ParisHilton album.” Here, the original meaning is preserved, but the vocative term “@ParisHilton” does an extra job: it tells the reader (and the…

Pottermore: Is New J.K. Rowling Website Good for Readers? – TIME

[W]hen you read, it’s your brain that’s generating all that data. That’s hard work. Your brain makes all the props and sets, does the voices and renders all those fancy digital effects. When you read, you’re truly collaborating with the author — it’s not a passive experience; it’s an active one that binds you to the book you’re reading in a way no other medium can. It’s hard. It’s work.…