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July 23rd, 2008

Esquire Magazine Takes a Stab at the Future of Publishing

A glowing article in last Monday’s New York Times alerted readers that Esquire magazine, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has figured out a trick to gain admittance to the future of publishing party. The cover of its September issue, or rather the cover of the newsstand version of the September issue, will be “printed”…

July 1st, 2008

Tyson Homosexual Nearly Sets Two Records

Many will have read the news that last Sunday Tyson Gay set a new record of 9.68 seconds in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, although the victory was disqualified as a world-record because it was “wind-aided.” The story making the blog rounds today is a hilarious footnote to his notable performance. A posting by…

June 27th, 2008

Live from New York: The Future of Book Publishing

In February of this year the O’Reilly fiefdom held its second “Tools of Change for Publishers” conference in New York City. Though the title of the conference suggests that it was not limited to book publishers, books were indeed the focus. Details from the conference have been slow to emerge in cogent form. Steve Paxhia,…

June 25th, 2008

A More Solid Bet for Amazon

According to a press release on Amazon.com’s Web site today, the online seller announced the acquisition of Fabric.com, a leading online fabric store that offers custom measured and cut fabrics, as well as patterns, sewing tools and accessories.   This acquisition will enable “Fabric.com to further expand its selection of fabrics and accessories while enabling Amazon.com to offer its customers…