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Lee Odden: What You Need to Know about Optimization Lee Odden: What You Need to Know about Optimization
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What is optimization? The dictionary definition, according to Merriam-Webster, optimization is:

“Ender’s Game” Reading Gets South Carolina Middle School Teacher Suspended
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A South Carolina middle school teacher has been suspended for reading selections from Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic Ender’s Game to his students. The teacher, whose name has not been released, read selections from three books, of which Ender’s …

How the Encyclopaedia Britannica Stacks Up Against Wikipedia [Infographic] How the Encyclopaedia Britannica Stacks Up Against Wikipedia [Infographic]

I have to admit: when I wrote last week’s article about the Encyclopedia Britannica‘s going out of print, I jumped over to Wikipedia for a little bit of fact-checking. I’ve gone on record lamenting the demise of the multi-volume printed …

Hunger Games, Best Selling Kindle Series of All Time

Suzanne Collins is the best selling Kindle author of all time, and she is about to pad her wallet a little more when The Hunger Games movie premieres across the country next week. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay …

Feeling Nostalgic For the Encyclopedia Britannica? [Video]

I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic these past few days, especially in light of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s recent decision to stop printing hard copies of their reference set. For years the Britannica was our “key to the information age,” whatever …

Encyclopedia Britannica to Stop Printing After 244 Years Encyclopedia Britannica to Stop Printing After 244 Years
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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 depicts a future world in which books are no longer published, and where members of society instead receive their information in rooms with screens for walls, or falling asleep at night with little seashell radios in …

HarperCollins Pisses Off Teen Girls HarperCollins Pisses Off Teen Girls
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Teen-girl creative writing website Inkpop, owned by HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. announced on its blog yesterday that it is “merging” with Figment, a competitor, effective tomorrow. What that really means is that HarperCollins is selling Inkpop. From their blog: We’re excited …

Harry Potter Heads To School Libraries Digitally Harry Potter Heads To School Libraries Digitally
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Pottermore, the online experience and home of the Harry Potter eBooks created by J.K. Rowling and partnered by Sony, announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide eBook and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school …

“Goodnight iPad” Is A Bedtime Story For The Tech Age “Goodnight iPad” Is A Bedtime Story For The Tech Age

Have you ever wanted a children’s book that speaks to the current tech obsessed generation? You’re in luck then. Ann Droyd brings us a parody of “Goodnight Moon” called “Goodnight iPad.” The book is billed as “A parody for the …

iPad Vs. Textbooks: By The Numbers iPad Vs. Textbooks: By The Numbers
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The iPad is widely looked at as a revolutionary device. Even non-Apple fanboys have to acknowledge the tremendous success the device has had and the quick impact it has had on quite a few facets of society, including education. Take …

Joe Lansdale On The E-Book Revolution And The Future Of Books [Exclusive Q&A] Joe Lansdale On The E-Book Revolution And The Future Of Books [Exclusive Q&A]
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Last week, we reported that author (and “Champion Mojo Storyteller”) Joe Lansdale was considering e-book as the exclusive format for his next “Hap and Leonard” book. He indicated as much in a Facebook update, but in a later update he …

E-Books Or Real Books: What Book Lovers Think E-Books Or Real Books: What Book Lovers Think
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There is a lot of debate surrounding e-books in regard to if they will ever replace real books as the conventional way to digest writer’s works. One undeniable fact is that e-book readers are getting less expensive everyday and therefore …

Joe Lansdale Considering E-Book Only For New Novel [Updated] Joe Lansdale Considering E-Book Only For New Novel [Updated]

Update: It looks like there has been a change of plans. Since this post was written, Lansdale has posted a couple more updates about his Hap and Leonard book plans, and it looks like print will be an option for …

Viral Video: Joy of Books Viral Video: Joy of Books

In a world of iPads, Kindles, Nooks and laptops, the classic book is slipping. But, a pair of book aficionados in Toronto were willing to recruit friends and put in tireless nights of stop motion photography work to fan the …

DLD: iPad Popularity Leads To E-Textbooks DLD: iPad Popularity Leads To E-Textbooks

From the Digital Life Design conference, a welcome announcement was made for students. Textbook publishers saw it coming: an e-textbook revolution is imminent and it will change learning forever, said Osman Rashid, co-founder and CEO of Kno. The software company …

DigitalPal Is Newest Social Networking Site DigitalPal Is Newest Social Networking Site

A new social media network wants to get rid of all status updates and relationship drama to give users a chance to talk about their favorite movies, music, books and games. Digital Pal, launching in beta today, allows users to …

Amazon Sold Enough Steve Jobs Bios Over The Holidays To Stack Taller Than Mt. Everest Amazon Sold Enough Steve Jobs Bios Over The Holidays To Stack Taller Than Mt. Everest

As you’re probably aware, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography is pretty popular. It’s been pretty popular on Amazon too, of course. As previously reported, it was the top-seling book of the holiday season on Amazon.com. To put that into persepctive, …

Google eBooks Offline Support Now Available for Chrome, Chrome OS Google eBooks Offline Support Now Available for Chrome, Chrome OS
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Google announced the launch of offline support for Google eBooks for those using Chrome or Chrome OS, so they can continue reading books even when they’re not actually connected to the Internet. “We’ve all been there: the Internet is suddenly …

Steve Jobs Bio Is Amazon’s Overall Best-Seller of 2011 Steve Jobs Bio Is Amazon’s Overall Best-Seller of 2011
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Amazon has just released their list of the top 10 best-selling books of 2011, and it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” is number one. It had previously been announced that the Steve …

Mark Twain Google Doodle Celebrates Tom Sawyer’s Fence Mark Twain Google Doodle Celebrates Tom Sawyer’s Fence

Today Google is honoring the great American humorist, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, with a panoramic Google Doodle that references one of the early scenes from one of his classic stories. Better known as Mark Twain, the legendary writer is celebrated in …

Relationship Marketing: A Long Term Strategy for Social Media Relationship Marketing: A Long Term Strategy for Social Media
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When social media really began to come on the scene, the entire basis of social networks was built upon interactions and connections. However, as it grew in popularity, marketers began to see its value and started embracing it. Although many businesses have seen great success with integrating social media into their marketing campaigns, it seems that the level of real social interactions has decreased.