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Evening Harvest: April 17, 2012

Pew Survey Shows How E-Books Are Changing the Equation for Publishers, Readers

So, whether it was Socrates complaining about books or the great comic book scares of the 1950s when four-color printing came about, every time there is a new technology that allows more and different culture to be created, the guardians of the status quo announce that civilization is over. – Eoin Nash of Soft Skull, Cursor, Red Lemonade, Small Demons

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Amazon Low Prices Disguise a High Cost

Amazon has used its market power to bully and dictate. It leaned on the Independent Publishers Group in recent months for better terms and when those negotiations didn’t work out, Amazon simply removed the company’s almost 5,000 e-books from its virtual shelves.

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A cartoonist paints a wiggly line, with help from friends

It’s rare to see a new strip targeted for newspapers, as opposed to a pure webcomics offering, as the precipitous decline of newspapers’ revenue and profits have led them to shed comics like ballast.

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Evening Harvest: April 15, 2012

John Gallagher on Secret Languages

In 1680, as Moroccan troops besieged the short-lived British city of Tangier, Irish soldiers manning the walls resorted to speaking as Gaeilge, in Irish, for fear of being understood by English-born renegades in the Sultan’s armies. To this day, the Irish abroad use the same tactic in discussing what should go unheard, whether bargaining tactics or conversations about taxi-drivers’ haircuts.

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I remember you – Roger Ebert’s Journal

That is what death means. We exist in the minds of other people, in thousands of memory clusters, and one by one those clusters fade and disappear. Some years from now, at a funeral with a slide show, only one person will be able to say who we were. Then no one will know.

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E-book price-fixing: Amazon is the real bad guy.

The DoJ’s action effectively robs publishers of the ability to price their own products and robs other retailers of any hope of competing effectively with Amazon. Hence the DoJ has all but guaranteed a future in which readers end up with fewer well-edited books—both physical and electronic—and in which writers feel less free to speak against concentrated power.

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How Much Should Sex Matter?

On the Internet, we frequently interact with people without knowing their gender. Some people place high value on controlling what information about them is made public, so why do we force them, in so many situations, to say if they are male or female?

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Why don’t Americans walk more? The crisis of pedestrianism.

In other words, not to be on a horse, flying or otherwise, was to be utterly unremarkable and mundane. To this day, Ronkin was intimating, the word pedestrian bears not only that slightly alien whiff, but the scars of condescension.

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