Apr 7, 2017

Weekend Reads - RAW 170407

Bookstores that use clickbait to great effect, a new Dune movie rumour, vertical farms and more...

When it's time to relax this weekend, grab your favourite beverage and have a read of the following articles. Start with my article showing who the finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards are.


Dallas bookstore's clickbait is actually classic novels - CNN.com

Can literature compete with listicles? If the Dallas bookstore The Wild Detectives is to be believed, the answer is a shocking, click-to-find-out-more yes.

The New Dune Movie Is Being Written By The Man Who Wrote Forrest Gump | Gizmodo Australia

Variety reports that Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay for Forrest Gump, has been hired to adapt the Frank Herbert novel Dune for director Denis Villeneuve.

Secret Knowledge—or a Hoax? | by Eamon Duffy | The New York Review of Books

The manuscript’s celebrity is at first sight puzzling, since it is an unglamorous, even somewhat shabby object. however this is a very unusual medieval manuscript, which also includes eleven larger “foldout” pages, containing what appear to be astronomical or astrological diagrams.

Kobo Acquires Print-Digital Bundling Startup Shelfie | The Digital Reader

Kobo just sent out a press release with the news that it has acquired the now-shuttered Shelfie. When Shelfie shut down its ebook bundling platform in January, founder Peter Hudson told me that "In the end the unit economics of ebook sales just don't make much sense if you don't own the platform like Apple, Google, or Amazon."

Russian Bookseller Develops New FB3 EBook Format Good e-Reader

The long term viability of the EPUB format is in serious doubt and this has prompted Russia’s largest e-book company to do something about it. LitRes has developed the “.fb3” format and will be marketing it later this year.

Agricultural Futures: From Home Aeroponic Gardens to Vertical Urban Farms - 99% Invisible

Located in an abandoned 70,000-square-foot factory in Newark, New Jersey, the world’s largest vertical farm aims to produce 2,000,000 pounds of food per year. This AeroFarms operation is also set up to use 95% less water than open fields, with yields 75 times higher per square foot. Their stacked, high-efficiency aeroponics system needs no sunlight, soil or pesticides. The farm’s proximity to New York City means lower transportation costs and fresher goods to a local market. It also means new jobs for a former industrial district.

Elon Musk and the 100 Hour Error - Michael Hyatt

Some good advice on work hours and productivity from Michael Hyatt.

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