How Ironic: Harlequin Authors Stand Up To Bullying

logo-harlequin-sfund1[1]Someone at Harlequin either has a great sense of humor or is completely blind to the irony of the following situation.

There’s a new post over on the Harlequin Reader Service blog this morning (found via TPV blog) which informs us that Harlequin authors are taking a stand against bullying (I wonder if that includes bullying by their publisher): Continue reading

Blast From the Past: Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard (Video)

4185575871_440c920148[1]In light of Apple launching a couple smartphones and announcing a couple smartwatches, I thought it appropriate to look back at one of Apple’s previous ground-breaking products.

In 2009 Apple debuted a Macbook which replaced the keyboard with an iPod-inspired scroll wheel. Sadly, the design did not catch on and only a single model was released.

Here’s a news report from 2009: Continue reading

Ikea Pokes Fun at Apple in Latest “Advert” for Their Catalog

For a multi-national multi-billion dollar retailer, Ikea has a penchance for adverts which take things not at all seriously, and in this latest video the retailer pokes fun at Apple.

Ikea just posted a new video, shot in the classic Apple style, which touts its paper catalog. And yes, it is absurdly funny as it sounds.

At only 8mm thin, and weighing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas.
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Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” Pulled From Store Shelves

Article Lead - narrow60918504109r0f1409225893538.jpg-300x0The late Roald Dahl may be a widely respected children’s author, but he can still inspire controversy.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian branch of the Aldi supermarket chain recently pulled one of Dahl’s books from its shelves. Much to everyone’s surprise, the book in question, Revolting Rhymes, had a revolting rhyme in it: Continue reading

New Kindle Helps Readers Show Off By Shouting Title Of Book Loudly And Repeatedly (video)

eBooks are great: they’re convenient, fast, and enable you to carry an entire library around in your pocket. But there’s at least one way that paper books can do which ebooks can’t and that is tell everyone around you what you’re reading. Thanks to the Onion, that’s no longer an issue. Continue reading

Weird Al’s Latest Parody Music Video Gives Voice to Grammar Nerds Everywhere

weirld al word crimesMusical genius and master satirist Weird Al Yankovic is releasing a new album right now and he’s kicking it off with a bang.

Starting on Monday, he is releasing a new music video each day for each of the 8 songs on the album. Yesterday’s video is of particular interest to grammar nazis as well as anyone frustrated by  spelling and grammar errors online. Continue reading

A Palate Cleanser for the Amazon Hachette Posts (video)

Earlier today I had the misfortune to write 3 different posts on the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute. I’m sure not everyone wanted to read that much about that particular topic in such a short period of time, but it couldn’t be helped.

Since I can’t unwrite the posts, let me make up for them with a palate cleanser. For your enjoyment, here is a video of a kitten playing on an iPad: Continue reading

It’s not just Hachette and Warner Brothers, Amazon Has Stopped Taking Pre-Orders Indie KDP Titles, Too

warner-bros-logo[1]News is breaking today that even more of Amazon’s suppliers are on the outs with the retailer.

The New York Times reported yesterday that Amazon appears to also be in conflict Warner brothers. Amazon is reportedly responding to a contract dispute with Warner Brothers by removing the pre-order buttons from movies produced or distributed by that studio: Continue reading