What Sells Books

February 9, 2016

The other day I was in my local branch of the Vancouver Public Library. It’s a small branch within a community center. They do a good job of serving our neighborhood, of course with a full assortment of reading spaces, working spaces for students, a play space for the kiddies, a handful of computers and a small art gallery, for neighborhood artists, with new shows debuting each month. Up front there’s the new and notable shelves, some fiction, non-fiction, and new DVDs. (more…)

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Pomegranate Juice and Publishing Standards

April 26, 2014

My favorite news story last week concerns a lawsuit that has somehow reached the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of how much pomegranate juice needs to be in a bottle before you can call it “pomegranate juice.”

Remarkably, Coca-Cola, through its Minute Maid brand, sells a juice called “Pomegranate Blueberry” which contains just 0.3 percent pomegranate juice and 0.2 percent blueberry juice. The rest is apple and grape juice and dark purple dye. Pom Wonderful, which in 2002 launched the current craze for pomegranate juice, and sells a product that’s 100% pomegranate juice, is understandably upset by Coca-Cola’s claims. (more…)

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21 Bacon Dessert Recipes You’ll Wish You Had Tried Sooner

August 11, 2012

That’s the full title. It’s not just “21 Bacon Dessert Recipes.” It’s “21 Bacon Dessert Recipes That You’ll Wish You Would Have Tried Sooner (Diane’s Desserts Series).” I’m not sure if you would have wished you tried them sooner if you had discovered the recipes in this book, but now you may wish you’d tried them sooner as Amazon has removed Diane Dixon’s book from sale. (more…)

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Boxie, the Story-Gathering Robot

December 31, 2011

Robotics is advancing by leaps and bounds, in no small part because of the superb FIRST robotics competition launched by Dean Kamen in 1989.

A new development with value to the future of publishing is Boxie, the Story-Gathering Robot, invented by Alexander Reben at the renowned M.I.T. Media Lab. Boxie is a robotic journalist; it could handle those “man on the street” videos with ease. (more…)

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Celebrating with Sound

April 7, 2011

On April 5th three musicians celebrated the 100th anniversary of Seattle’s Union Station with a free performance using instruments they made and by utilizing the building’s cavernous interior. This lovely short video was made by The Seattle Times’s Ken Lambert.

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