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In Case of Emergency: Grab Your Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone and Stay Informed

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Chances are you’ve never found yourself thinking, “Hmmm, my schedule’s pretty light this week. This would be a good time to get that natural disaster out of the way.” Emergencies--much like visits from your cousin, his wife and their kids who somehow maintain a 24 hour a day, Tasmanian devil-style sugar rush--never come at a convenient time.

Complicating matters is the fact that emergencies don’t happen very often--which is good, of course--but it also makes them all the more dangerous. Your memory tends to round off the jagged edges, and you find yourself thinking, “Oh, Ike really wasn’t so bad…” Then there are those emergencies that, frankly, you would just rather not think a...

Join the Discussion: eBooks, Libraries and Independent Authors

Photo Credit: EBook Reader by goXunuReviewsThere’s no doubt that one of the most exciting developments in the world of books over the last several years has been the exponential growth in the eBook market. Amazon.com now routinely sells more Kindle editions than print. Harris County Public Library has seen a 65% rise in ebook circulation since March over the same period last year.

To the average reader, eBooks are not much different from the good old ink-on-paper variety, but they differ in ways that make the time-honored models for sales and distribution problematic. So the advent of eBooks continues to pose challenges to everyone involved in the business of putting reading material into the hands of the public: from the big traditional publishing houses, to the online megastores, to agents, to authors...

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 9

Amazing Read LogoI hope you had a chance to take last week's challenge. With all the news zipping at us from all directions these days, it was nice to be reminded that peeling it off the page is not just a viable option, but in many ways a better one. I had a chance to whittle down the stack of New Yorkers gathering dust on the nightstand. That's right, The New Yorker isn't just a  collection highbrow of cartoons. It features some of the best long-form journalism going today by writers like

Fire and Ice (But Mostly Ice): The Poetry of Robert Frost

Cover Art: The Early Poems / Robert Frost“Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken” still hover near the top of any list of America’s best-loved poems. Frost’s hard-eyed New England practicality, craggy jaw, snow white hair, and the singularly apt surname to go with them represent in many people’s minds everything an American poet should be—none of those twee, beret-wearing types for us!--It doesn’t hurt his continuing popularity that he worked in forms as solid and stolid as New Hampshire granite.

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The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 7

Amazing Read Challenge LogoA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library: I've always found it fascinating that so many of our funniest artists lead such unhappy private lives: think comedians like Buster Keaton, W. C. Fields, and Lenny Bruce, or writers like John Kennedy Toole, and <...

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