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….
Tom Cruise As Jack Reacher Trailer
This is perhaps not a good subject for me, as I have read quite a few of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and enjoyed them. Then I heard they were going to made into a film. Ok, as always I was nervous about how the adaptation would be handled, but I thought this could be good. But… then I heard Tom Cruise was going to play Reacher. Now, anyone who has read the books must surely agree with me? Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher in the slightest! For a start he’s meant to be 6ft 6, I imagined him bigger, rougher around the edges and less guy next door. The trailer does look good though, so I probably will watch it and just grumble all the way through about the casting!
Rachel Vincent & E-Piracy
I am a big fan of Rachel Vincent, it was with interest I watched a saga unfold on her Facebook page when someone posted a review of her book BEFORE I WAKE on Goodreads, including a link to an e-piracy site. It turns out it was all a misunderstanding and the reviewer did not realise she was linking to the piracy site. However, some of the comments showed that quite a few of her readers did not truly understand the nature of e-piracy. As an avid reader, it saddens me that so many people think that it’s OK to download digital books illegally. I also think if something looks too good to be true, it usually is. It’s a horrible trend that might mean the next book in one of my or your favourite series may end up not getting published. So if you are genuinely unsure of what e-piracy is, then I would recommend you give Rachel’s blog a read.
Source: Rachel Vincent’s Blog
Big Brother E-reader?
I love my Kindle, it makes traveling with books so much simpler and one-click downloading gives me great instant gratification and means that I don’t have to wait if I desperately need to read the next book in the series right now! Naively, there is one part of my e-reading that I have never considered before this week. And that is that publishers and sellers maybe using my e-reader to keep track of me and my reading habits. But it seems they can and are:
With digital content we have the ability all of a sudden to glean new insights into our customers,” says Todd Humphrey, Kobo’s executive vice president of business development. “How often do they pick up and engage with a book? What’s the average time when they start to read? How many pages do they read an hour? How long does it take to read a book? And through bookmarking, people tell us where they stop…
Yikes. I know I’m used to it online, I know we’re tracked on website we visit and searches we plug into search engines. But this sort of tracking feels quite intimate, reading habits are quite personal are they not? I have to confess this makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable. At the moment the details of which e-reader companies track what is unclear, but I wonder if readers we should be demanding a bit more information about what information is collected about us and should we not have the option to opt out? Does this make you feel a bit uncomfortable too?
Source: Guardian Books
Fifty Shades Birthday Cake?
I think I may have promised to try and not talk about Fifty Shades so much in my Monday Mashups, I think I’m going to fail… But I have a good reason! A friend on mine tweeted this picture made by Richards’ Cakes, how amazing is this birthday cake of Christian?! I take my hat off to the baker because this is incredibly clever. What do you think, fancy it on your birthday? Source: Richards’ Cakes