Some book buyers may be leaving Amazon for Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores and the likes of Costco because the large e-tailer’s dispute with publisher Hachette, according to new survey data.
That means that roughly 7.5% of book buyers say they’re buying fewer books from Amazon because of its standoff with Hachette while about 1.4% of book buyers are actually buying more books from Amazon because of it, according to the data.
“Though come to think of it, I guess my biggest life hack—and this is the very first time I’ve attempted to use the phrase “life hack” in a sentence—is that my wife and I decided to live just a few blocks from where I work. We did this because of our dog. Since I spend at least an hour every night walking the dog, I didn’t want to spend another 60 or 90 minutes a day commuting. I don’t have the time. Like lots of people, I work long hours.”—
I remember reading that commute time is the biggest difference in job satisfaction. I don’t have a child or dog but I do have lots of books to read and so I’m glad I’ve never had less than. 45 mins or so of travel.
“Editing a radio story goes like this: The reporter reads the script out loud and when it’s time for the quotes, we play those from the computer. Someone times how long the story is. We all take notes. If you’d stuck your head into the office, you’d see four of five of us scribbling away furiously and noting what we’d change.”—I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work
Every year (every. single. year.), I apologize for this. It’s self-serving, it’s stupid, it’s a time waste. But this year, I’m unapologetic, word to Rihanna. I learned to cook from 2 Chainz’ cookbook, where Step 12 was to “celebrate myself.” So that’s my MO from now on, that’s what I’m doing here. This year I:
Today, BitLit begins a pilot program with HarperCollins Publishers to offer readers a physical and e-book bundle through its bundling platform. BitLit is a free app that allows readers to purchase the e-book edition at a discounted price when they already own the print book. To claim the e-book, readers write their name in ink on the copyright page and snap a photo using their smartphone. BitLit uses computer vision technology to verify authenticity and avoid the need for receipts or point-of-sale records, thus allowing readers to retroactively bundle their books.
My short film about Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s street art project Stop Telling Women To Smile is a finalist in the Smithsonian Magazine’s In Motion Video Contest which is pretty neat. If you liked the video head on over there and cast your vote, it only takes one click!