Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This should get you excited!
In case you missed Apple's recent I-Pad announcement (http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/27/apple-ipad-first-hands-on/?icid=mainmaindl8link3http%3A%2F%2Fwww.engadget.com%2F2010%2F01%2F27%2Fapple-ipad-first-hands-on%2F), they were hawking their latest entry into the marketplace.
While it looks like a big I-Phone, the I-Pad will do most, if not all the things the I-Phone will do, as well as give Amazon's Kindle and Sony's e-Reader a run for their money. Right now, the price of an I-Pad (just under $500) is approximately twice that of either of the Amazon/Sony offerings but I suspect that this will change. Historically Apple has lowered their price expectations over the year following market entry when competitors produced comparable devices. Granted, Apple's device appears to offer more than current e-Readers so price erosion may not occur.
At any rate, I think this is another step toward paperless books, particularly as the younger texting-savvy generations evolve into full-fledged consumers. Publishers salivate for that time as it will eliminate the bulk of the "paper-and-ink" costs while warehousing/distribution (and associated) costs evaporate in the face of an electronic version of Print-On-Demand (POD).
In the end, publishers stand to gain a lot from the new technology. Let's hope some of the gains get passed on to writers.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- The Freelancers' Marketplace meets Tuesday night at their new location - Borders/Rochester Road
- The Brimingham-Troy Writers meet Thursday night at the Troy Library
- The Writers' Connection meets Tuesday night at their new location - Panera Bread/Rochester Road
Jimmy went to a psychiatrist.
"Doc," he said, "I've got trouble. Every time I get into bed, I think there's somebody under it. I'm going crazy!"
"Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink. "Come to me three times a week, and I'll cure your fears."
How much do you charge?"
"A hundred dollars per visit."
I'll sleep on it," said Jimmy.
Six months later the doctor met Jimmy on the street.
"Why didn't you ever come to see me again?" asked the psychiatrist.
"For a hundred bucks a visit? A bartender cured me for $10."
"Is that so! How?"
"He told me to cut the legs off the bed! Ain't nobody under there now!!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
The Library of Congress website is packed with fascinating and useful resources about science, American History, music, theater, dance and more. Did you ever wonder why a camel has a hump or why our joints make popping sounds? Click on http://www.loc.gov/families/, play around, learn something.
You know one of the things I love most about the Internet?
All the free stuff.
Like http://www.webpagepublicity.com/, which offers 6,500 fonts for free at http://www.webpagepublicity.com/free-fonts.html#Free%20Fonts
Or dafont.com (http://www.dafont.com/), with 8,431 fonts arranged by themes: Gothic, Fancy, Script, Techno, and Dingbats, among others.
Now, if you design material as part of your job, this is like finding gold at the end of the rainbow so browse these sites as I am sure you will find several fonts you like.
Are you an avid reader, looking for reviews of the best books published? Then you might want to check out BookPage.
Since 1988, BookPage has been publishing a monthly, print edition, available in many bookstores and libraries, including here at Troy. Now, BookPage is available as a free, on-line publication at www.bookpage.com.
Each month, bookpage.com recommends the best books for readers of all types, whether you're interested in literary fiction or romance, history or science fiction, cookbooks or children's books. It focuses on new releases and tailors reviews for the general reader -- the true booklover always on the lookout for recommendations on what to read next.
And now, you can receive twice-monthly BookPage news and reviews delivered to you via email
Highlighting a Sample of Other Resources available at the Library
Literature and Reading
Book Review Digest Plus
Over 10,000 reviews of fiction and non-fiction books for children, young adults and adults from 1983 to present.
Hand Press Book
Catalog of European printing in the early modern era or "hand-press period" (15th century to the 1830s). This resource integrates descriptive records for major European national, university and research library holdings. It is especially valuable for research in intellectual history, social history and transmission of thought—as well as the history of printing and the history of the book.
Literature Resource Center
Biographical information, overviews, literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods around the world.
Poems, short stories, essay, speeches and plays covering all time periods and nationalities.
Critical analyses and plot summaries of the most studied works in literature along with information on authors of long and short fiction, poetry, drama and philosophy.
Michigan Authors and Illustrators
A database of Michigan authors and illustrators. Provides biographical and contact information. Indicates whether person will do library presentations.
Reader's advisory service that helps users locate new fiction books based on books they have read or topics in which they are interested. Includes reviews from 1996-present, book discussion guides, book talks and web links.
Reader's advisory service that helps users locate new, readable (narrative) non-fiction books based on books they have read or topics in which they are interested. Includes reviews from 1996-present, book discussion guides, book talks and web links.
Signed essays on more than 2,000 authors and literary genres.
Twayne's Authors Series
Signed essays on the works of American, English and world authors.
Online guide to Books in Series from Kent District Library
Search by genre, subject, author, title or series to help uncover new reading adventures, find long-remembered favorites and discover award-winning titles.
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