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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Borders.com Now Offers Audiobook MP3s (Some Free or Discounted for Now)

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Nice to see the big companies offering audiobooks online and in MP3 format.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Borders Audiobook Downloads -- a new audiobook download service -- debuts today on Borders.com, offering an initial 15,000 titles, including fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, classics, self-help and children's books, among other categories.... To introduce the service, beginning tomorrow July 15 and continuing through July 19, customers can download free of charge Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild" in MP3 format. In addition, the 15 popular titles listed below are being offered at the discounted price of $9.95 through July 22.

-- "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
-- "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote
-- "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
-- "The Logic of Life" by Tim Harford
-- "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer
-- "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury
-- "The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
-- "The Eight" by Katherine Neville
-- "Fortress of Solitude" by Jonathan Lethem
-- "The Traveler" by John Twelve Hawks
-- "The Appeal" by John Grisham
-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
-- "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson
-- "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" by Barack Obama

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Daily Candy Lexicon

Although this is targeted to youngish urban women, it's pretty funny for word-lovers of all sorts. The Daily Candy Lexicon -- words that don't exist, but should -- is now a book (order it here). You can get a flavor by reading a sample or the press release:
Are you a cereal monogamist? Annoyed your party was crashed by a nontourage? Proud to be a whor d'ouevre? Whether it's a group of surfers, bankers, or co-workers, every clique has its own dialect -- and now young urban women have one, too....

Dany Levy, founder and editor-in-chief of DailyCandy [says,] "Upon hearing the words, most will know exactly what the definitions are. After all, there's only one way to describe annoyingly loud cell phone conversations (yellular) or that older woman dressing way too flashy for her age (teenile)."

... Some examples include: drimming, a verb, meaning drunk instant-messaging; fabric-ation, a noun, is the involuntary impulse to lie when the salesgirl asks what size you are; lady business casual, an adverb, is when your hoo-ha is past due for a wax; post-modem, a noun, is the freak-out you experience when your Internet goes dead; gabbin pressure, a noun, is the sense of obligation to chat to the person next to you during a flight; snoopid, an adjective, means leaving an obvious trail when snooping through your mate's belongings; and SCUM, an acronym, is a Self-Centered Urban Male.
Remember Rich Hall's "Sniglets"? Different generation, same idea, still pretty funny.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Professors' Summer Reading Lists

I thought this was an interesting list: the recommendations don't come from literature professors, but from the all academic specializations: management, biomedical engineering, pediatric medicine, biomedical ethics, neurosurgery, communications, psychology, etc. I know some of the books, and they look like good recommendations.

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