Comixology adds DRM-free option! Excelsior!

Unlike some of its stablemates, the Amazon-owned comics platform is to allow authors and publishers to distribute their work without the shackles of proprietary rights-management, writes Cory Doctorow

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Dune author Franker Herbert on mushrooms

The Daily Grail delves into Frank Herbert's passion for mycology and how psilocybin mushrooms helped inspire Dune.

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Sign Painters: book and documentary

Sign Painters cover

Sign Painters looks to be a fascinating book and documentary about the traditional art and craft of hand-drawn signage that is being lost to digital prints and die-cut vinyl. The film is playing at venues around the US right now, including this Sunday (7/27) at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas!

Summer reading list: graphic novels

Being a compendium of some of my most popular graphic novel reviews from the past year, from The Encyclopedia of Early Earth to RASL

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School libraries in Racine, WI raided by untrained city workers, thousands of books discarded

School librarians say they weren't consulted about throwing away classics and important parts of the collection.

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Summer reading list: kids' books and YA

Being a compendium of some of my most popular kids' book reviews from the past year, from Glorkian Warrior to Alan Mendelsohn

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New memoir from David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets)

Bauhaus and Love and Rockets bassist David J has a new memoir due out in the fall! Here are some details about the book, titled Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction:

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Tour schedule for XKCD "What If?" book


Randall Munroe will take his hotly anticipated book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, on the road in September: Boston, NYC, SEA, SFO, Berkeley and LA!

Fun as Hell, a Kindle Single by LJ Kummer

Fun as Hell (Kindle Single)

LJ Kummer's Fun as Hell is a great kindle single. A fast read about a journalist and his girlfriend who take a training course intended to show civilians what war is all about.

Kummer share the tale of journalist coming to understand why he writes. As he and his surgeon girlfriend experience a rigorous military training program, the protagonist each exercise helps him understand why he has chosen his career.

Kummer doesn't leave you with a firm ending, but he manages to use the short story telling format well and leaves you thinking about what comes next.

Fun as Hell by LJ Kummer

Fla principal broke rules by cancelling summer read of Little Brother


You'll remember that my publisher sent 200 copies of Little Brother to Booker T Washington High School after the principal canceled the summer One Book/One School reading program because he was opposed to the book's "anti-authoritarian" message.

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DIY pipe-and-wood shelves

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I've seen variations on pipe-and-wood bookshelves but this set (and howto) by Reddit user's bobatsfight is a terrific accomplishment!

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Harpercollins will offer discounted ebooks to print book owners

They're the first major publisher to sign with Bitlit, an app that lets you send a photo of your book's copyright page with your name inked on it in exchange for a deal on the ebook.

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All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

All You Need Is Kill

Last night I tore through Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need Is Kill. I have not bothered to see Edge of Tomorrow, a movie based on this fine piece of battle armor/combat genre sci-fi, but now definitely I will.

As I enjoy stories in vein of Haldeman's the Forever War or Scalzi's Old Man's War, All You Need Is Kill was suggested as a must read. Keiji Kiriya is a novice 'Jacket' trooper killed in his first engagement against the strange alien Mimics. Somehow his death puts him in a time loop where he must refight the battle over and over. After 158 attempts, Keiji finds an ally and learns the secrets that may enable humanity to survive.

I really liked the starfish-like Mimics and their origin story, I found them some of the best enemies/assailants of humanity I've read recently.

All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Car Hacker's Handbook

Dual core writes, "Car Hacker's Handbook is a book on car hacking licensed under Creative Commons."

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Bill Gates' favorite business book is from 1971 and out of print

Here's Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and others raving about Business Adventures, by the late John Brooks. It was written in 1971, and consists of 12 stories from The New Yorker. The print edition has been out of print for a while, but it is now available as an e-book. It sounds great!

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