Alternatives to Amazon
If you can’t make it to a bookshop, can’t find the book you want or just prefer buying online, here’s some alternatives to Amazon UK and The Book Depository for online book shopping.
Hive (free delivery, plus 5% goes to an indie bookshop of your choice)
Wordery (free delivery)
Best Little Bookshop (free delivery)
Waterstones (free delivery)
For my UK readers!
Ben Affleck sees a little bit of himself in Batman, for better or worse. “I think it’s a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films” to be able to channel deep-rooted anger, the actor said in a recent interview with London’s Sunday Times about playing the Caped Crusader in the…
*Daisuke rock given if Daisuke-san is happy with an answer.
That Ryota-Tomoya high-five is the cutest thing ever.
Happy birthday Ryota-san!
But women can never be careful enough, can we? If we take naked pictures of ourselves, we’re asking for it. If someone can manage to hack into our accounts, we’re asking for it. If we’re not wearing anti-rape nail polish, we’re asking for it. If we don’t take self-defence classes, we’re asking for it. If we get drunk, we’re asking for it. If our skirts are too short, we’re asking for it. If we pass out at a party, we’re asking for it. If we are not hyper-vigilant every single fucking second of every single fucking day, we are asking for it. Even when we are hyper-vigilant, we’re still asking for it. The fact that we exist is asking for it.
This is what rape culture looks like.
This is what misogyny looks like.
Re-identification of Viking corpses has revealed that half of their warriors were female.
"Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.”
Women have always fought. We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it.
Tagged by miepanda. :)
1. What are you wearing?
Office wear. Blouse and slacks.
2: Ever been in love?
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Nope, I’m even still kinda friends with my exes.
4: How tall are you?
What huh what did I do lynxyz? LOL *innocent look*
Why a proposed book-burning party was a Very Good Thing Indeed.
(PLEASE Watch this. Be proud of your libraries. And remember, it’s not about taxes. It’s about knowledge, and humanity, and access to the internet, and what libraries are and represent, and what librarians do.)
My favorite thing about this is that it gets people to think. So often we’re caught up in going with what the majority says, or what we’re told, that we forget the bigger picture. I really love this. Well played, Troy Library, and congrats!
Asked by hannahkollef
I don’t see an enemy. I see two huge multinational corporations having a fight over contracts and terms, and authors staring up at them from ground level. It’s like Godzilla battling Gamera, and we’re looking up from the sidewalks of New York rather worried that a skyscraper might topple on us. I liked Chuck Wendig’s summary and commentary at http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/08/09/in-which-amazon-calls-you-to-defend-the-realm/.
I’m a Hachette Author in the UK. My wife’s a Hachette Author now, and she has a big book coming out in November, which you cannot pre-order through Amazon. Which sucks. I don’t regard Amazon as the enemy, any more than I regarded Barnes and Noble as the enemy when they had a dispute with DC Comics and stopped selling the hundred top DC Comics Graphic Novels in their stores (which included 17 books by me, including all Sandman).
But this seems like a good time to remind people about other places to buy books. Like you could preorder THE ART OF ASKING from Powells at http://www.powells.com/biblio/18-9781455581085-42.
Or you could use http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062255662 to find the Indie Bookshop nearest you to get your copy of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, if you haven’t yet read it.