update After being criticized by a literary group for selling used books online, Amazon is striking back, recruiting sellers to help it argue that its policy is good for the publishing industry and for readers. In a letter to merchants who sell used books online through Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos defended the company's policy, saying that "Amazon.com is now, and has always been, supportive of and good for authors." In the letter, a copy of which was posted to a Usenet discussion group, Bezos asks booksellers to write to the Author's Guild "explaining how the sale of used books actually helps the entire book industry." The Authors Guild, the largest organization representing published authors, asked its members earlier this month to remove links to Amazon from their Web sites. The Guild has already received about 4,000 e-mails in favor of Amazon, said Kay Murray, general counsel. Amazon spokesman Bill Curry said Bezos sent the letter to "tens of thousands" of sellers of used books … [Read more...] about Amazon: Used-book sales help industry
Just over a year ago, Square Enix released the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV. The game was a weird and wonderful mash-up of worlds; part futuristic, while still retaining the fantasy elements so intrinsic to the series; part typical role-playing epic, but set against the backdrop of a heart-warming road trip. The end result was a bit of a mess, but compelling nonetheless, and the experience has continued to grow over the months with multiple expansions and updates. If you’re curious how that world came together, though, Dutch art gallery Cook & Becker just released a fantastic new book that details the work of the artists behind the game. It’s a huge tome that includes everything from lush concept paintings to rough, hand-drawn maps of the game’s world. And for fans of FFXV, it’s a chance to explore how it all came together. “So much high-detail design goes into these productions,” says Maarten Brands, founder and director at Cook & Becker. … [Read more...] about This sprawling Final Fantasy XV art book is too big for your bookshelf
Most of us have seen those spoof e-mails, when a personal e-mail address has been commandeered for the purpose of sending spam, but in this case, to everyone in your Address Book.—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-I received an e-mail from a good friend the other day, and it seemed entirely out of character for her. Red flags immediately popped up, and I knew that her e-mail Address Book had been compromised. Here is the text of that e-mail (exactly as it appeared): Best goods and best service!i would like to introduce a good company who trades mainly in electornic products. Now the company is under sales … [Read more...] about Hijacked Address Book: How did it happen and what to do?
Editor's Note: Microsoft recently announced the release of the Surface Book 2, which is available with a new 15-inch screen and improved specs. It starts at $1,499 and will be available for pre-order Nov. 9. We have not tested or reviewed the Surface Book 2 yet, but when we do we will report our findings. Microsoft's Swiss army knife of a laptop is getting an upgrade. A refreshed Surface Book was unveiled this week with beefier graphics capabilities and longer battery life. This isn't quite the Surface Book 2, though, so don't expect any major new features or design changes. It will be available Nov. 10 starting at $2,399 and is up for preorder now. Since it first launched last year, the Surface Book has been an intriguing work machine because of its versatility. The system includes a 13.5-inch touch display that pops off of the included keyboard dock when you want to use it as a stand-alone tablet. That's nice for sketching or taking notes with the included Surface Pen … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Book i7 (2016): Is It Good for Business?
Editor's Note: Microsoft recently announced the release of the Surface Book 2, which comes with a new 15-inch screen and improved specs. It starts at $1,499 and will be available for pre-order on Nov. 9. We have not tested or reviewed the Surface Book 2 yet, but when we do we will report our findings. When it launched in 2015, Microsoft's Surface Book was easily the most versatile machine for creative professionals on the market. No competitor could come close to matching its combination of a flexible 2-in-1 design, detachable display, top-notch pen support and sheer graphical power. And now this Swiss Army knife of a laptop has gotten a big upgrade, making it an even more impressive mobile studio – albeit a pricey one. The refreshed Surface Book offers twice the graphics capabilities of last year’s model, thanks to the included “Performance Base” keyboard dock that houses a beefed-up GPU. But while the system earns high marks for its versatility, … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base Review: Is It Good for Business?
Our 2017 research and analysis of accounting software leads us to again recommend Zoho Books as the best accounting software for sole proprietors, freelancers, consultants, artists, and individuals operating ecommerce and home-based businesses. We chose Zoho Books from dozens of accounting software options. To understand how we chose this software and to see our methodology and a list of accounting software vendors, visit our best picks page.Really small businesses don't need complicated, pricey accounting software, but they do need software that can grow with their businesses. Zoho Books is a simple online accounting software that syncs with your accounts and covers all the basics, allowing you to create and send invoices, track time and expenses and generate reports.It has mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows devices, allowing you to accomplish various accounting tasks on the go. As your business grows, you can integrate the software with other Zoho products and third-party … [Read more...] about Zoho Books Review: Best Microbusiness Accounting Software
Answering cell phone calls and appearing disinterested are surefire ways to make the wrong impression during a job interview, but new research shows that's just the tip of the inappropriateness iceberg when it comes to how some job-seekers are missing their mark. In addition to highlighting the most common interview mistakes, which include texting during the interview, dressing inappropriately, chewing gum and talking badly about past employers, a new CareerBuilder study also reveals some of the most unusual interview experiences reported by human resources professionals. Among them: · The candidate brought a "how to interview" book with him to the interview. · The candidate asked, "What company is this again?" · The candidate put the interviewer on hold during a phone interview. When she came back on the line, she told the … [Read more...] about 10 Crazy Job Interview Mistakes People Actually Made
This poster from Newsweek summarizes the printed book versus the e-book debate. There are some really interesting stats in the graphic like:1. Book authors, on an average, get $3.90 per sale of every printed book while the author royalty amount is $2.12 in the case of e-book downloads.2. Average production cost for a $26 printed hardcover is $4.05 while the average cost for $9.99 e-book is around 50 ¢.3. When people buy an e-reader like the Kindle or the Nooks, only 15% of them will actually stop purchasing printed books. … [Read more...] about Printed Books vs E-Books
The Zen of Steve Jobs is a new comic book that explores the life of Steve Jobs at the time when he was fired from Apple and particularly his friendship with Kobun Chino, the Buddhist monk from Japan who was Jobs’ spiritual guru as well.Unlike Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs that is based on actual interviews with Jobs, this 80-page comic book is a mix of both fact and fiction. The illustrations were done by JESS3 and some of the book pages are available for reading on their blog.The digital edition of this book is however only available for Kindle Fire. … [Read more...] about A Comic Book on the Life of Steve Jobs
The Kindle books that you buy from Amazon are DRM-protected meaning you can only read them on a Kindle Reader or an official Kindle App. It is not possible to read your purchased Kindle books in other ebook readers like the Nook.Amazon has these DRM based copy-protection measures in place to protect Kindle ebooks against online piracy but, as a consumer, the DRM scheme does limit your options.For instance, you cannot create backups of Kindle ebooks that you already own and second, you cannot convert DRM protected books into other ebook formats like EPUB or PDF that can be read in other non-Amazon apps. Whether removing DRM is legal or not is a debatable topic, there are simple ways by which anyone can bypass DRM from Kindle eBooks. Google for “Kindle DRM Removal Tools” and you’ll find several paid options that allow you to remove DRM from ebooks with a click.Alternatively, you can strip DRM using free tools as well as detailed below: Download and install the … [Read more...] about How to Remove DRM from Kindle Books