Welcome to our new feature where we talk about random things we’ve seen around the blogosphere. It could be an interesting article, a book trailer, maybe a fun piece of news we feel you should know about, and maybe even a stylish pair of shoes or handbag we’ve seen (if Laura has her way!). Basically it’s a bit of a mashup! Enjoy…
Happy Monday everyone, it’s Laura taking over Monday Mashup this week. It’s a bank holiday here in the UK, so fingers crossed for some sunshine and maybe a few barbecues! This is what I’ve come across to talk about this week.
I did warn you that I might slip a few handbag loves into this post. But I think I’ve found one you’ll all adore. Check out one from the collection by Olympia Le-Tan. Clutches that look like books… how cute! *Want* They cost a bomb, but we’ll ignore that! (Also I’ve read this book and it’s fab if you haven’t picked it up).
Now us romance readers now that it’s important to look gorgeous, but when Mills and Boon posted a link on their Facebook page to a post by a woman who decided to give up shaving for 18 months, I couldn’t resist a read.
The brave lady literally went eau naturel for 18 months which including tackling the dating scene, baring her legs, armpits and all to the world. Yikes! I had to share the following excerpt from the article of a scene from when she was on the tube in London.
A scene from my life:
Small child: Why do you have hair under your arms?
Me: Because when girls and boys grow up into women and men they grow hair under their arms.
Small child: My mum doesn’t have hair under her arms.
Me: She shaves it off.
Small child: She doesn’t.
Me: She does. Ask her.
Small child: Mum, do you?
Mother of small child: Yes.
Small child: Why?
Exactly, small child. Exactly.
Now quite frankly the idea of doing the same makes me feel a little bit nauseous. Not that I wouldn’t want to shuck the quite irritating task, more because I’m just too damn chicken! I completely admire her for doing this, but I so couldn’t do it, would/could you? What about the swimming pool?!
Do you ever find when you’re reading that you just want to quickly look up what a word means? Me too. So I do love this little bookmark that’s also a dictionary, plus it comes in pink. I do have a bit of a fascination with all things pink.
Ebook Sales Rise & Tor Ditches DRM
I read with interest this week that sales of ebooks have risen by 366% this year (in the UK). Inevitably this means that there has been a decline in the sale of print books. I have long been a lover of ebooks and would hate to be parted from my Kindle now. But I also do still read paperbacks and I think that there is a place in the market for both.
The publishing industry seems to be quicker to the mark on innovating for the ebook market than the music industry was when the iPod took off. But we all know that ebook piracy continues to be an issue. However, I was actually really pleased to read this week that Tor has decided to ditch its DRM on its book and I hope that it sets a precedent for other publishers.
When I sold my Sony ereader last year in favour of a Kindle I also had to say goodbye to a number of books that I had rightly purchased and paid for. This would never be a problem if I was buying a new bookshelf! I believe I buy a book, I should be able to read it on whatever device I choose, I have bought the book after all. So this is an exciting development. I also hope that this will perhaps help to discourage book piracy too.