Pay James Patterson $300 Thousand and He’ll Destroy His Latest Book

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Having successfully transitioned from author to brand, the famed James Patterson is now trying a new business model: not writing at all. He's offering a unique opportunity for a single individual to pay $294,038 for the privilege of destroying the next Patterson-branded book. The package includes a first-class flight to an undisclosed location, two nights’ stay in a ...

Amazon Declares War on the Hyphen, Could the Semicolon be Next?

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Amazon strives to always be responsive to customer requests, but they also like to reduce costs by making their staff stick to scripts whenever possible, and sometimes this can result in absurd situations. Graeme Reynolds recounted one such situation yesterday. At the request of a customer, Amazon has declared hyphenated words verboten in the Kindle Store: Moonstruck has ...

Parody Video(s): Amazon Echo is an (Un)Helpful Little Cylinder

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Amazon's in-home digital concierge is still making its way to consumers, and no one knows yet exactly how it's going to work. But that hasn't stopped a couple Youtubers from posting parody videos. The Amazon Echo is a 9-inch-tall, cylinder-shaped Bluetooth speaker that can be situated anywhere in the home, and functions always-on digital assistant. Much like with Siri and Google ...

Video: Four Fantastic Features We Don’t Have In The English Language

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The English language has a history of borrowing words, letters, and even tenses from other languages, or as James Nicoll put it "pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary". This has given the English language a set of pronunciation rules that would best be described as crazy, frustrating ...

Parody Video: Amazon Prime Air Expands to Include Neighborhood Watch, other Services

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Amazon's drone delivery program may still be in its teething stages but the retailer has high hopes for the many services the drones could provide in the future. In this new promo video, Amazon VP Michael Stusser details the many ways that the Amazon Prime Air program will be used to benefit the public. Once these drones achieve pinpoint accuracy ...

Hachette’s Media Allies Strike a United Blow Against Amazon

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Earlier today no fewer than 4 media outlets launched simultaneous attacks on Amazon. With a strong coalition of media allies that spans the Atlantic, Hachette now has the obstreperous and obstinate retailer on the run. Led by David Streitfeld of the NY Times, today's salvos take Amazon to task for daring to continue to ignore previous media ...

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

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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 ...

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 ...

Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” Pulled From Store Shelves

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The 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: The offending word is found ...

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. America's best news source ...