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The ebook distribution platform BookShout partners with Cheerios to serve select Simon & Schuster titles to breakfasting children across the U.S.
The publisher’s “Cheer on Reading” literacy program has placed free Simon & Schuster children’s books inside Cheerios boxes since 2003. Now, instead of stuffing print titles into cereal boxes, they’ll come printed with BookShout-provided codes offering free access to one of nine popular children’s ebooks. Each one can be downloaded and read online or through BookShout’s iOS, Android, Kindle or Nook apps.
Despite no study, no public demands, and the potential cost to the public of millions of dollars, the government announced that it will extend the term of copyright for sound recordings and performances from 50 to 70 years…
…Canada will extend term without any public discussion or consultation, yet other studies have found that retroactive extension does not lead to increased creation and that the optimal term length should enable performers and record labels to recoup their investment, not extend into near-unlimited terms to the detriment of the public. For Canadian consumers, the extension could cost millions of dollars as works that were scheduled to come into the public domain will now remain locked down for decades.
Note: Amazon owns Audible and GoodReads.
If you like listening to audiobooks then I have some good news for you. Goodreads is in the process of adding audiobook excerpts to its website. Soon GR members will find free audio samples for 180,000 Audible titles on the book listing pages. Along with the option of reading a sample from the book, GR members can now also listen to an excerpt from the audiobook. The excerpt will (should) play in a pop up window the web browser, and if you like what you hear you can the title to your “want to read” list, or you can head over to Audible and acquire the audiobook directly.
Obviously this feature is not available for all titles listed on Goodreads, but when it is available you’ll find the listen button below the cover image on the left side of the page. Goodreads told me that the new feature is only available on the desktop site, but not GR’s mobile site or its Android and iDevice apps.
We’re always looking for a good book to read, and Hollywood has a pretty good line into the next hot novels, since they’re always in the process of adapting so many books for the big screen. There are a lot of books becoming movies right now, and a lot of them will finally hit the movie theater next year. Check out this list for the hot adaptations being released in 2015, and add some new titles to your bookshelf too! READ: Books Becoming Movies in 2015 | POPSUGAR Entertainment
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New science show ‘StarTalk’ hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson premiers Monday 11pm EST on the National Geographic Channel.
BY VICTORIA AHEARN, THE CANADIAN PRESS
APRIL 17, 2015 6:20 PM
TORONTO – Kim Kardashian may not seem like a natural fit for “Star Talk,” the new talk show hosted by celebrity astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the National Geographic Channel.
But once in his studio, he would help Kardashian and viewers realize that “science is everywhere and it manifests even in people you think of in pop culture,” he says.
“If I have the opportunity to get Kim Kardashian on ‘Star Talk’ … what will I talk about? … We’ll look at all the things she does,” Tyson says in a phone interview, noting he really would like to have her on the show.
“Does she use a hair straightener? What are the chemicals in that hair straightener? I’ll bring in a chemist to talk about cosmetics that she uses.
“Then all of a sudden you see pop culture analyzed from the point of view of science.”
Premiering Monday at 11 p.m. ET, the hour-long, weekly show sees Tyson interviewing various pop-culture personalities about the ways in which science has influenced their lives and livelihoods.
“How do you get people to think about science who don’t know that they like it, or know that they don’t like it? You have to give them some other reason to participate in a science conversation, and one way to do that is to comb the elements of pop culture,” says Tyson.
“Look around and say, ‘Are there singers, actors, directors, performers that have huge followings? Let’s get them on ‘Star Talk’ and we will find all the ways that science emanates from their profession, even in ways they might not have been aware of themselves.
“And in there we might find out that the guest has a little bit of geek in them.”
The series is based on Tyson’s radio show and podcast of the same name. Bill Nye the Science Guy appears in each episode.
“Star Trek” star George Takei is featured in the first instalment.
Future guests include former U.S. president Jimmy Carter (May 25), director-screenwriter Christopher Nolan (April 27) and retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (June 1).
Tyson says Hadfield sings the lullaby that he composed for his daughter while he was in space to sing her to sleep. He also talks about why and how he became an astronaut.
“It was a fun interview, and ideally every one of our interviews would go just that way,” says Tyson, who also hosted the miniseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”
Hadfield isn’t the only thing about Canada that Tyson loves.
He also applauds our country’s $5 bill, which depicts Canadarm 2 and Dextre, a robot used on the International Space Station.
“That’s in all of my lectures, by the way,” Tyson says of the Canadarm.