The Dog's Breakfast: Food Porn, Get Glue! & The Nook Roars (Amazon Whimpers)


Happy Almost-Halloween! Here's what's caught my eye this week:
  • BAKKA Pheonix, the renowned sci-fi/fantasy Toronto bookstore, now has a permanent home. BAKKA is moving from its current Queen West digs to Atticus' former Harbord/Spadina location in March of next year. Another amazing perk: the new store will be twice as big.
  • UK Libraries are now allowing patrons to download e-books remotely for a two week period. The e-book self-destructs after 14 days, meaning no trudging through sleet and snow to the library and no late fees! Apparently TPL allows for the same thing, and in a variety of formats (ePub, PDF etc.), though I have never actually tried it before. Has anyone? Does it work?
  • Three words: Cookbook. Food. Porn. I am already plotting a new mini-series on cookbooks (especially those with porno-rific photos) and this article on Jezebel is responsible for whetting my appetite. I recommend you tie on a bib before clicking through.
  • Glue is my new favorite bookmarking/social media play toy. Its handy toolbar works on Amazon and will tell you if your friends are interested in the same books you're cruising. Glue now comes with its own destination site so it's sort of like LivingSocial but more interactive.
  • If you're not sick of hearing about Barnes and Noble's new e-reader, the Nook, yet then here's five more reasons, courtesy of Gadget Lab, why it's awesome. Getting me hot and bothered: the fact that it runs Android (Google's open source OS) and has a colour touchscreen. Quiver, Amazon! It's only going to be available online but whether this means they'll ship to Canada remains to be seen.

3 comments:

serendipiter said...

They have them here (downloadable Ebooks) at most libraries. It is good, some even have an option to renew - the protection only allows you to have them for 2 weeks, and if you need more time, you download a new license

Luanne said...

I'm a big fan of the free downloadables. I use the audio more than the ebooks, but have used it once just to try it and downloaded to my computer only. I discovered I really hate reading a book on my computer so ended up deleting it before the time period was up. As the audios can live forever on my mp3 once I transfer them, I wonder if the ebooks would live forever on a reader as well.....

I'll have to check out glue, I've heard it mentioned before and know of a blogger who won a Kindle off it!!

BK said...

Thanks Marci, I'm going to have to do a test run with the library's e-books. Will report back.

I wish that I had a car just so I could listen to audiobooks because I find just sitting and listening to a book makes me ansy...hmm..

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