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Submission + - Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated 1

razor88x writes: Although just 16% of Americans have purchased an e-book to date, the growth rate in sales of digital books is already dropping sharply. At the same time, sales of dedicated e-readers actually shrank in 2012, as people bought tablets instead. Meanwhile, printed books continue to be preferred over e-books by a wide majority of U.S. book readers. In his blog post Will Gutenberg Laugh Last?, writer Nicholas Carr draws on these statistics and others to argue that, contrary to predictions, printed books may continue to be the book's dominant form. "We may be discovering," he writes, "that e-books are well suited to some types of books (like genre fiction) but not well suited to other types (like nonfiction and literary fiction) and are well suited to certain reading situations (plane trips) but less well suited to others (lying on the couch at home). The e-book may turn out to be more a complement to the printed book, as audiobooks have long been, rather than an outright substitute."

Comment Re:BFD (Score 1) 126

One thing that I think would be a good idea for Facebook to implement would be rule-based access privileges for different groups that you can define. The groups shouldn't be visible to anyone other than yourself, of course; the last thing you'd need would be for "friends" to see that they weren't "good friends."

Use the "Friend lists" feature. You can make as many lists as you like, based around whichever criteria you like (work, hobbies, trust level).

When you post pictures/status updates/links, click the little privacy 'lock' icon and select 'custom'. It'll allow you to show your post to named individuals or lists. It'll also allow you to block it from named individuals or lists.


Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

Comment Re:I saw that one coming...(I'm in Canada) (Score 1) 229

*Sound of fog horn* Automatic voice: "Hello, this is your captain calling... Congratulations, you've won a trip to..."

Or sometimes it's a number 000-000-0000 like from the summary, I can confirm that. It's ANNOYING AS HELL.

I get that one periodically as well. But I was getting it before I signed up for the DNC - frequency seems to have gone down, but I doubt it's related to the list.

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