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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

January 5th, 2013 01:19 admin View Comments


New submitter razor88x writes “Although just 16% of Americans have purchased an e-book to date, the growth rate in sales of digital books is already dropping sharply. At the same time, sales of dedicated e-readers actually shrank in 2012, as people bought tablets instead. Meanwhile, printed books continue to be preferred over e-books by a wide majority of U.S. book readers. In his blog post Will Gutenberg Laugh Last?, writer Nicholas Carr draws on these statistics and others to argue that, contrary to predictions, printed books may continue to be the book’s dominant form. ‘We may be discovering,’ he writes, ‘that e-books are well suited to some types of books (like genre fiction) but not well suited to other types (like nonfiction and literary fiction) and are well suited to certain reading situations (plane trips) but less well suited to others (lying on the couch at home). The e-book may turn out to be more a complement to the printed book, as audiobooks have long been, rather than an outright substitute.’”

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Amazon: Authors Can’t Review Books

December 26th, 2012 12:37 admin View Comments


In an effort to step up its fight against astroturfers, Amazon has barred authors from reviewing books. It’s not simply that authors can’t review their own books — they can’t review any book in a similar genre to something they’ve published. “This means that thriller writers are prevented from commenting on works by other authors who write similar books. Critics suggest this system is flawed because many authors are impartial and are experts on novels.” British author Joanne Harris had a simpler solution in mind: “To be honest I would just rather Amazon delete all their reviews as it… has caused so much trouble. It is a pity. Originally it was a good idea but it is has become such an issue now. The star rating has become how people view if a book is a success and it has become inherently corrupt.” How would you improve the online review system?

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Book Review: Terrible Nerd

December 20th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments


tgeller writes “It’s hard to believe that today’s nerdier children will one day bore their grandkids with stories of primitive mobile access, household robotics, and 3-D printers. Some will become rich and famous by latching onto tomorrow’s winners; others will find themselves irrelevant as the objects of their obsessions fail in the marketplace. But all with the energy to remember will come away with stories from the dawn of creation. One such witness is Kevin Savetz, a 41-year-old technology journalist and entrepreneur whose new book Terrible Nerd recounts ‘true tales of growing up geek’ during the ’80s computer revolution. It’s a rich chronicle that deftly mixes details of his beloved technologies with the zeitgeist a particular time and space. As such, it’s an entertaining read for technologists and non-techies alike.” Keep reading for the rest of tgeller’s review.

Terrible Nerd
author Kevin Savetz
pages 256 pages
publisher Savetz Publishing
rating 7/10
reviewer Tom Geller
ISBN 978-1939169006
summary Kevin Savetz’ biography of personal computing, gaming, and online adventures as a child in the ’80s

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Book Giveaway Trivia: First One to Answer Gets Universe!

December 6th, 2012 12:21 admin View Comments

Book Giveaway Trivia: First One to Answer Gets Universe!

By Veronique Greenwood | December 6, 2012 11:21 am

Stargazers and knowledge hounds have long been acquainted with Smithsonian’s Universe—a lush, glorious tour of the space that starts just beyond our atmosphere, edited by Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal. The hefty, glossy-paged book has now been revised and updated in a beautiful new edition.

We at Discover would like you to have a copy of your very own. We will be giving it away to the first person who answers this question correctly, in an email to

The question:

What small Martian stones are nicknamed after a fruit?

(Bonus points: Why is the fruit moniker a misnomer?)*

Send your answer, along with your mailing address, to We’ll send this beautiful book to the first person who gets it right.

*Good for our geeky admiration

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