'Book Worme' (from the Little Black Book) ~S
The makers iOS app Oyster has just launched a beta version of the e-book subscription service (you can request an invite at OysterBooks.com). It charges users $9.95/month for access to its library of e-books, which the company claims is around 100,000 titles.
Oyster’s creators are looking at their service as a smart investment for people who want to spend money on books but don’t because they aren’t always happy with the results.
“You don’t have to decide, do I want to spend $12.99 on this single book?” co-creator Willem Van Lancker explains to Wired. “We want to eliminate the barriers to get you into content because we know that the most enjoyable experience someone is going to have with Oyster is finding a book that they fall in love with.”
Dang, if this is even moderately well-stocked, I am hella jealous of the iFolks. I’d read a lot more nonfiction if it wasn’t so expensive. Those things usually only come out in trade pb, if I’m lucky, and even that is ~10/book. Maybe $4 if I’m lucky and it’s old and on Amazon used.
"When he was eight years old, Elliot Penster started an interspecies war. Don’t blame him. As anyone who’s started an interspecies war will tell you, it’s not that difficult to do."
- Elliot and the Goblin War (Underworld Chronicles) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
And THAT is how you do opening paragraphs. Dang. *takes notes*
petition to make young adult authors stop writing about girls whose lives change when they meet a boy
TBH, I find the amount of romance on the YA shelves kind of creepy. These are books usually read by girls society has deemed Too Young to have sex, and yet…yeah. That’s where we’re going? (Yes, I know, it is “what sells”, but…really?)
Not to mention, what are we telling those girls about what high school/young adulthood IS? Evidently it’s worrying about boys and finding one and impressing one and keeping one THROUGH EVERYTHING? It just seems an awfully one-sided and stereotypically “feminine” thing to emphasize about growing up. Becoming a whole person outside of external things? Pfffft, what’s that?
I know I’m an old fuddy duddy, but I am totally an old fuddy duddy who is taking recs for YA stuff that involves a female protagonist with NO LOVE SUBPLOT. Hit me.
LOOK WHAT CAME IN THE MAIL YESTERDAY. (Please note, the pillow the book is resting on is actually lavender, and the paper is a pale cream, not lemon-custard yellow, so the colors of the pics are a little dodgy.)
Ahaha I was so nervous when I opened it that I did it with my eyes closed, and asked Joy “Tell me if it looks okay” before I could look at it. It’s possible I was a little nervous. But no, it’s a book! A fine, hefty book. A book you could smack someone with! A book with three hundred and forty seven pages! A book that you open up in the middle and there’s Jerdon telling the story of St. Alveron! A book you can soon order for $11.99!
Both the cover paper and the interior paper are much nicer than I was expecting, from previous reviews of Createspace’s printing. The cover image itself came out dark and less sharp than the digital image, and I’m guessing the luminous colors just don’t convert to print as easily— I had similar problems trying to print out color irises for custom dolls’ eyes. It does make Willim look creepy and mysterious, and it makes the text look fantastic. I haven’t decided yet if I want to try and change it.
The text conversion came out wonderfully. If I made any change it would be on the blocking of the poetry, to keep it all in a blockquote-like shape. But other than that, it’s crisp and readable and very pro. I have yet to read over the whole thing to look for any conversion errors, I’ll be doing that this weekend.
Still, it’s a book! Not a binder full of loose-leaf pages, or half-finished chapters in a word file. It’s a book and it’s my book and for a little while I just want to revel in that.
omg omg omg omg. :D *flails hands at, cannot wait to buy and put on bookshelf* :D
Has your cat ever walked across your keyboard? Well, it’s not a new problem. Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel recently Tweeted this photo of a 15th century book with… you guessed it… cat paw prints in ink on the pages! We’re part of a long and glorious historical movement, friends. (Source: Dr. Marty Becker)
Cats: lords of all they survey, since long before we came along. :P
Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale. Strangely a very peaceful and productive place to study via@jtr (via BO.LT)
Oh my GOD. You would never get me out of there, just for being surrounded by that much pure STONE. The walls are made of translucent marble. :swoons: