BREAKING NEWS: Amazon ‘declares war’ on the book industry (Melville House)
Has the vicious end-game scenario we discussed just yesterday — whereby a government-sanctioned Amazon.com makes its move to cement its position as the most colossal monopoly in publishing history, and to savor the rewards — begun unfolding, and rapidly at that? That’s what a special weekend edition of Shelf Awareness surmises.
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The Bizarre Art of Binding Books in Human Skin (Mental Floss)
Helpful as its developments are, the field of modern medicine can be macabre, sickening, and even downright strange. We’ve left the leeches and holy water in the Middle Ages (for the most part), but some of the ideas that doctors have cooked up in the past two centuries in the name of science have exceeded anything ever done over a twitching plague victim. One such head-scratcher is a hobby of 19th century physician Joseph Leidy, who remembered his deceased patients by tanning their skin and using it to bind his favorite medical textbooks.
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Do Android Dream of Being iPads? (or, Why Many Android Tablets Are Sold But Not Used
(The Digital Reader)
If you’ve been following Android news this past week then you’ve probably read about Google’s boast that over 70 million Android devices have been activated and that half of tablets sold this year ran Android. This boast caused quite a few raised eyebrows this week as tech pundits tried to square the claim with the general kn0wledge that Android devices aren’t showing up in server logs or ad networks and the general belief that no one uses Android tablets. I took an interest in that topic yesterday and I found an answer which surprised me.
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Four steps to create a great cover for your self-published book (Publishing Talk)
Many good self-published books are let down by a poor cover design. How can you avoid this and make yours stand out from the crowd? Anna Lewis offers a four-step solution.
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19 Book Cover Clichés (Buzz Feed)
These crop up all the time.