Apr 2, 2016

Random Articles - RAW 160402

Welcome back. Here is this weeks offering of random articles, from Transparent wood to When Should You Read The Book Before Watching The Movie? And more.  So sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy some weekend reading.




Transparent Wood Could Replace Glass, Become Coolest Building Material Ever


Wood is a great material because it’s cheap, renewable, and versatile. But this crazy transparent wood that scientists in Sweden brewed up is nuts. It could replace glass for some seriously eye-catching architecture, and even be used in cheap solar panels or windows. Read more...Additional link. 


Something Just Slammed Into Jupiter


Astronomers have captured video evidence of a collision between Jupiter and a small celestial object, likely a comet or asteroid. Though it looks like a small blip of light, the resulting explosion was unusually powerful. Read more...


Last Night's Supergirl/Flash Team-Up Was Everything We Want in Life


Superheroes! They are dark and vengeful and their lives are full of miserable carnage. Or carnivorous misery. I dunno. Point is, superheroes are existentially dismal and violent. So when Supergirl teamed up with the Flash, it was just an orgy of death and angst. Oh wait. No, it wasn’t.   Spoilers ahead... Read more...


New & Notable Books (March 2016) | Christian Books


When it comes to good books, we are spoiled. We have access to more good books than previous generations could have even dreamed of. That is true whether we want to read Christian Living books or read deep, academic works. Here is a round-up of some of the new and notables that have come across my desk in the past few weeks. Read more...


10 Books All Men Should Own | According to Antonio Centeno


“The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t read”Mark Twain
I could sit here and list all the benefits from reading…. Like an increase in your vocabulary.  Or to improve your imagination. But the truth is there is only one reason that really matters to me. Read more...


When Should You Read The Book Before Watching The Movie?


Many hardcore fans would be willing to fight to the death about the origins of their favorite franchise and whether or not the book(s) should be read first.  Would Harry Potter, for example, have done as well in theatres without the popularity of the books? Were the movies as successful as the books? Was seeing the movie without picking up a single tome worth it or a huge mistake?  Read more...



Audible Has Sold a Million Harry Potter Audiobooks in the Past 4 Months


Pottermore is beginning to reap the benefits of its decision to drop exclusive control of Harry Potter ebooks and audiobooks last year. Marketwatch reports that Audible has sold over a million audiobooks since the Amazon sub first got the audiobooks last November. Read more...


David Gaughran Updates on Amazon Kindle Unlimited Scams


David Gaughran, as everyone knows, is one of the staunchest advocates of self-publishing going. So if he develops a beef with Amazon, it’s usually worth taking seriously. This one is – very seriously. And he’s just updated his latest spat with Amazon to incorporate key feedback which shows the Bezos Behemoth in a pretty poor light. Read more...


Penguin Random House Reports 25% of Revenue is from e-Books


Penguin Random House has just reported a 23.7% increase in operating EBITDA in 2015 over 2014 and an 11.8% rise in revenue. The company also reported that they generated over €3.32 billion in book sales. How much of this revenue stemmed from e-books? Sadly, the publisher did not break down the numbers but did admit that they accounted for 25% of their global revenue. Read more...


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