Apr 21, 2017

Weekend Reads - RAW 170421

Interesting new this week is that Amazon will be expanding into Australia and are looking to 'destroy the retail environment in Australia'. Also this week a Japanese crime thriller were the crime part is a low priority, the demise of the handwritten letter, the crisis of attention theft and more. When it's time to relax this weekend, grab your favourite beverage and have a read of the following articles.

Amazon is coming to Australia with 'low prices, vast selection, and fast delivery'

The US online retail giant is actively looking for a warehouse to become a fulfillment centre, the first of many in Australia, with floor space of up to 93,000 square metres, or about five MCGs.

A Japanese Crime Thriller in Which Crime Is the Least of It | NYTimes.com

Usually, in a mystery or thriller, the main character is the detective, and the crime is the main ingredient. But is that really a special thing for the detective? It’s not a big deal for the detective. Instead, Mr. Yokoyama, (author) said he is interested in the psychology and social dynamics of characters who happen to be affected by crime.

10 Critical Theory Books That Came Out in March, 2017 | Critical-Theory

Check out these 10 books, which one would you be interested in reading?

Should you feel sad about the demise of the handwritten letter? | Aeon Ideas

At the start of To the Letter (2013), Simon Garfield asks 'what we have lost by replacing letters with email?' His answer is individuality and authenticity.

The Crisis of Attention Theft—Ads That Steal Your Time for Nothing in Return | WIRED

Attention theft happens anywhere you find your time and attention taken without consent. The most egregious examples are found where, like at the gas station, we are captive audiences.

The Failure of Print and E-Book Bundling | The Digital Reader

How many times has this happened to you: you buy a print book, you start to read it, you go on a trip, you forget to take the book, you find the e-book version online, and you chafe at having to pay full price for another version of something you already have?

SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.

Scientists develop 'lab on a chip' that costs 1 cent to make | ScienceDaily

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a way to produce a cheap and reusable diagnostic "lab on a chip" with the help of an ordinary inkjet printer.

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