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HarperCollins And Amazon Reach Multi-Year Agreement

HarperCollins will retain the right to determine its own e-book prices.

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Want To Write For Book Riot?

We here at the good ship Book Riot are looking for a few new contributors. Sound cool? Here’s how to know if this might be a good fit:<p><i>If you like to</i> …

Here’s what doctors have to say about pregnant model with six-pack abs

<b>WATCH ABOVE: Dr. Brett Belchetz breaks down whether or not pregnant women should work out.</b><p>Her baby is due in 10 days, but that isn’t stopping …

Fitness

21 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Kindle

<b>F-READ-OM.</b>

eReaders

A man lost 50 pounds hiking 2,660 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail — and he made an awesome time-lapse video of selfies to prove it

Imagine hiking 2,663 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Then imagine taking a selfie at every mile. That's what Andy Davidhazy did back in 2013, capturing a 50-pound weight loss with photos of himself.<p>Here's Davidhazy at the beginning of his journey.<p>He created a time-lapse video (about four minutes …

Pentagram Rebrands The New School

An algorithm-based typeface is designed to catapult one of the nation’s top creative hubs into the 21st century.<p>The New School, home to Parsons School of Design, is one of the most design-centric universities in the country. In the past two years, The New School has been working to integrate design …

Cheese changed the course of Western civilization

This is the story you’ll often hear about how humans discovered cheese: one hot day 9,000 years ago, a nomad was on his travels, and brought along some milk in an animal stomach—a sort of proto-thermos—to have something to drink at the end of the day. When he arrived, he discovered that the rennet …

Photos: Inside China’s unknown mega-city

Tim Franco, a Paris-born photographer now based in Shanghai, has spent the past five-plus years documenting the intense change that urbanization has brought to the Chinese mega-city of Chongqing.<p>Until 1997, Chongqing was a neglected city in the poor Sichuan province. It is two hours by plane to any …

We checked out Victor — 'Uber for private jets' — where prices start at about $700 per person

The UK startup works much like Uber, but instead of booking a car, people pick a luxury airplane to fly around the world — in just a few clicks.<p>It even has a service for dogs, Pets on Jets, geared toward people who don't like the idea of their Rover riding in the baggage hold of a commercial jet.<p>In …

LED Lightbulb Becomes First Consumer Product To Use Graphene

Graphene is an incredible material. The substance can conduct electricity and heat with extreme efficiency, and is about 100 times stronger than steel, making it one of the most hyped materials of the 21st century. There’s also hope that graphene could be effective at fighting cancer stem cells, …

Jay Z wants to swim against the tide in streaming music

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>To paraphrase his own lyrics, Jay Z is not a businessman, he’s a business, man. Let him handle his business, damn.<p>The rapper and entrepreneur (and husband of Beyonce) recently bought the relatively obscure Scandinavian “lossless” streaming music company Tidal for $54 …

Jack White

David Beckham And James Corden Strip Down For Their New Underwear Ad

And as with any famous Briton living stateside, Corden is part of a not-so-secret society of entertainers that quietly dominates film and television, …

James Corden

The (damn cute) winners of 11th Annual Engadget Awards: People's Choice

The votes for the 11th Annual Engadget People's Choice Awards have been tallied and the winners are in. As is always the case, there were some very polarizing products on the ballot and many of the honorees won by a very small margin. But the real winners this year were the cute and adoptable …

San Francisco

The Ellen Pao trial verdict is a loss for the tech industry and a loss for women

If you live in the abyss of tech media, you no doubt have heard about the Ellen Pao sexual discrimination lawsuit that has dominated the news cycle for the last month.<p>On March 27, the industry and Pao were dealt a devastating blow when a jury voted down Pao’s accusations against her former …

What's Wrong with the Economy—and with Economics? | by The Editors | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

<i>On March 14–15, 2015, The New York Review of Books Foundation, Fritt Ord, and the Dan David Prize held a conference, “What’s Wrong with the</i> …

Girl, Interrupted

“The name of your waiter,” he says, annoyed. Nodding to a group of men, he scratches their names from a clipboard.<p>I tell him I don’t know any waiters …

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China's number one export: Graft?

Our Lists<p>By Month<p>By Tag<p>Online Anti-Bribery Research Guide<p>Richard Bistrong<p>Marc Alain Bohn<p>Eric Carlson<p>Richard L. Cassin<p>Harry Cassin<p>Julie DiMauro<p>Thomas …

China

Former Seoul teacher shines with ‘Gilded’ trilogy

Many expats in Korea think they have a novel in them. Some even go on to write and publish them. Few, however, manage to get a whole trilogy …

Americans are beginning to lose their love for foreign languages

By Roberto A. Ferdman<p>Roberto A. Ferdman<p>Bio<p>Ever since 1958, The Modern Language Association (MLA) has been tracking the number of college students who study a language other than English. Every few years, the organization publishes its findings in a lengthy report. Sometimes enrollment goes up; …

Don’t Believe That New York Times Piece About the Dangers of Wearable Tech

I debunk today with a heavy heart, one that is filled with sorrow. Another silly science piece has been emitted to the readers of the <i>New York Times</i>, …

Yes, North Korea has the internet. Here's what it looks like.

North Korea is so paranoid about its citizens accessing the internet that merely owning a computer requires permission from local government authorities, and all personal computers are registered with the police as if they were shotguns. Private ownership of fax machines is banned outright, and …

Herman Melville, Master of the Literary Hoax

• Melville’s first book, <i>Typee</i>, is, like most literary memoirs, a fraud: though he certainly ventured to Polynesia, many of the events in the book are clearly created out of whole cloth—and they suggest how little we really know about the events of Melville’s life. “There is no reason to believe that …

Literature

Sneak Peek: Purity

Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, <i>Purity</i>, will be published on September 1, 2015. We’re excited to show you the exclusive first look of the cover (with …

BlackBerry Smartphones

Secure Smartphones<p>Get Proven Smartphone Security With BlackBerry Software<p>Take control of your smartphone’s security with confidence, knowing your …

Why A Well-Written Story May Be Rejected, Or, Every Editor Has Their Things

<i>By Leesa Cross-Smith</i><p>I am the editor of a little literary magazine called <i>WhiskeyPaper</i>. Our tagline is Drink Words because words are delicious, …

Creative Writing