Can Books be Really Hazardous to Your Health?

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en.wikipedia-50ShadesofGreyCoverArtStudy says reading Fifty Shades of Grey poses dangerous health risks
It wouldn’t be so surprising if the books are Health or Fitness books. An author of a jogging and running book died while he himself was jogging.

‘A recent study at Michigan State University found out that reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ an erotic romantic novel by E.L. James, puts women at more risk of succumbing to eating disorders, binge drinking and abusive relationships.

‘The findings of the scientists claim that they are not endorsing the ban for the novel, but are merely stating the risks of reading the book.

‘There have been previous studies relating the effects of watching violent films to the behavior of the person who watches it, but this research is among the first to analyze the relationship between health risks and popular fiction depicting violence against women.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey is about the…

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The Extreme Reading Challenge [Video/Photos]

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st-sampsons-winning-extreme-reading-photo-460x337Will you dare to join? ‘The ERC refers to people who push themselves out of their literary comfort by ploughing through numerous novels or any literary material available. ‘According to Metro, Phyllis Rose, an American author, literary critic, essayist, biographer, and educator, tasked herself with reading a random bookshelf of novels in the New York Society Library and then she went on to write about her experience. ‘Promoters of the ER Challenge, however, gives this message: “Obviously, we encourage you to keep safe ( We didn’t recommend reading in the jaws of a crocodile!), but we have really enjoyed seeing who in school has such a passion for reading that they had to do it anywhere and everywhere!)…’
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The New Twitter Jargon Guide
Your Illustrated Guide To New Twitter Jargon
‘To help newbies sign up and start tweeting, the company has made a number of recent changes. Redesigned profiles…

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A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés

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dailyfig.figment-cliche1When you dub something as a best-kept-secret, you expose it—it’s no longer a secret
‘…lexicographer and linguistics researcher Orin Hargraves embarks on a quest to empower you to “proceed with the confidence that you have made peace with clichés through greater understanding and that you have established a relationship with them that will serve your interests when you write and speak.”

‘Nearly all judgments about what constitutes a cliché have traditionally relied on consensus: if enough people think a form of words is overused, or if a person who is perceived as having some authority about language declares such a thing, then the word or phrase becomes a cliché. The result of this haphazard process is that many phrases are designated clichés without there being evidence of their frequent use. That is, infrequently used words and phrases may be deemed clichés, simply because a large number of people, or a…

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Are Bestselling Authors Killing the ‘Small’ Authors and Writing?

inspiredmagz-ImageProxy.mvcThat is what a fellow author claim. He says:

‘Would you like to know what’s really killing writing? It’s the major best-selling authors who are demanding huge advances they don’t need, thus denying newer authors from a liveable advance. Do any of those authors really need a $20 million advance when they have much more than that in the bank? I think not.

‘A new writer could easily live on a much smaller one while s/he works on a new book. We deserve to make a living too. We work just as hard and are not repeating our formula for the sake of loyal readers.’

Is traditional publishing no longer fair or sustainable?
Society of Authors says so
‘Earlier this week, the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society released a survey of almost 2,500 writers which found that the median income of a professional author last year was £11,000, down 29% since 2005 – a period in which median earnings for UK employees have fallen by 8%. By this year, according to the survey, just 11.5% of professional authors said they earned their income from writing alone, compared with 40% in 2005.

‘The ALCS set its findings against Department of Culture, Media and Sport figures which show that in 2014, the creative industries were worth £71.4bn per year to the UK economy. “In contrast to the decline in earnings of professional authors, the wealth generated by the UK creative industries is on the increase,” it said. “If unchecked, this rapid decline in the number of full-time writers could have serious implications for the breadth and quality of content that drives the economic success of our creative industries in the UK.”…’
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The Youthful Microsoft Admins

education.asu-ma-ed-techA Window chat app that wasn’t working finally made me curious and I asked for MS help. I noticed at once that the second MS administrator that replied is young (the profile pic of the first isn’t his face). When I met the 9th of them, I just have to write about the surprising discovery: none of these admins look thirtyish. This was the first time I witnessed a youthful group of admins—at least in this one involving a tech giant. Since they decided that my topic should be private, I know I should not say anything more about it.

The second discovery was that MS might ask your permission to grant access to your account if your problem requires it. It asked me to send a screen capture of my browser network info. And since MS was very strict about our discussion being private, I knew I could trust them and I granted permission and sent the private image.

Did my first discovery meant MS practices employee age discrimination? I cannot claim that since I only dealt with one department. Anyway, the admins were efficient. That’s what should matter first.

What is Killing Writing?
Amazon Isn’t Killing Writing, The Market Is
‘Amazon’s war on publishers reached a crescendo yesterday with the leak of Kindle Unlimited, a subscription plan that would allow readers to pay $9.99 per month for unlimited access to the Kindle ebook library. No longer content with simply demanding steeper discounts from publishers like Hachette — which is locked in a bitter fight with the e-commerce giant over book prices — Amazon is finally reaching its end goal: the complete dissolution of the traditional book business model through a vertically integrated publishing platform, from writer to Kindle.

‘The idea of a “Netflix for Books” has been a popular startup theme for a while, and Kindle Unlimited certainly enters a crowded field. Oyster raised $17 million of venture capital over its two rounds of financing, and Scribd recently pivoted from hosting documents to a book subscription service. Yet, only Amazon currently has the scale to see such a plan become an industry standard, where it dominates ebook sales with an estimated 65 percent market share…’
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8 Places to Download Free E-Books
Here are 2 of them
‘In the free section of the Google eBookstore, you’ll find a ton of free books from a variety of genres. Look here for bestsellers, favorite classics and more. Books are available in several formats, and you can also check out ratings and reviews from other users.

‘With a collection of more than 45,000 free e-books, Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to create and share e-books online. No registration or fee is required, and books are available in ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats…’
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The Downside of Having a Popular Blog

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Citizen journalism / blogger card by Pinseri-blog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why you should be careful if your blog is too popular
Blogger Fined for Ranking Too High on Google
Negative restaurant review gets French blogger in trouble
‘A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.

‘The judge ordered that the post’s title be amended and told the blogger Caroline Doudet to pay damages.

‘Ms Doudet said the decision made it a crime to be highly ranked on search engines.

‘The restaurant owners said the article’s prominence was unfairly hurting their business.

‘Ms Doudet was sued by the owner of Il Giardino restaurant in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France after she wrote a blogpost entitled “the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret: Il Giardino”.

‘According to court documents, the review appeared fourth in the results of a Google search for the restaurant. The judge decided that the blog’s title should be changed, so that the phrase: “the place to avoid” was less prominent in the results.

‘The judge sitting in Bordeaux also pointed out that the harm to the restaurant was exacerbated by the fact that Ms Doudet’s fashion and literature blog “Cultur’elle” had around 3,000 followers, indicating she thought it was a significant number…’
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Top 5 Data Resources for Bloggers
‘Everybody has an opinion. It’s nothing special. It proves nothing, not unless you’ve got the numbers to back up your propositions. Numerical data is absolutely essential to creating a successful blog. People don’t just want an actionable agenda, they want cold hard facts, supporting details, and colorful charts and graphs to back up whatever crazy ideas they’ve come up with. And this being the information age, there’s usually a few surveys out there that can allow them to do just that.

‘Not only are data resources necessary to back up existing opinions, but they’re great for generating content ideas for you to slap onto the blog section of your WordPress. As they say, when you are blogging it’s easy to find templates, pictures or opinions. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be a pain to find reputable resources for reliable data.

‘No worries though, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the top 5 data resources that every blogger needs bookmarked…’
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How to develop an effective commenting strategy
How to Comment on Blogs the Right Way
‘Are you commenting on other people’s blogs to grow your own readership?

‘This is often a good strategy when your blog is brand new – and it’s a great way to start building relationships in your niche.

‘Too many bloggers, though, go about commenting the wrong way.

‘If you leave comments that don’t say much more than “great post!” then you’re wasting your time (and everyone else’s)…’
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Writing Wasn’t Popular and Ignored for 2 Thousand Years

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smithsonianmag-fig5_tokens_from_zt.jpg__800x600_q85_cropAncient Assyrians still used clay markers, 2K years later
‘These days, not too many people use or even own typewriters. Those clunky machines have almost entirely been replaced by a smoother model: the modern computer. Imagine, however, that thousands of years from now people were still clinging to their typewriters, ignoring all the technological advances that developed along the way. It seems illogical, but this is pretty much what ancient Assyrians did, according to new research.

‘Archaeologists digging in Ziyaret Tepe in Turkey recently uncovered a mess of clay tokens made in various geometric shapes. Prior to the advent of writing around 3,000 BCE, the people living in the region that eventually formed the kingdom of the ancient Assyrians used the tokens as primitive record-keeping tools…’
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60 new abbreviations that an internet savvy should know
‘According to a social media marketing agency Wearesocial.com.au, the ordeal of new meanings…

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