Walmart: An economic cancer on our cities

http://www.salon.com/chromeo/article/walmart_an_economic_cancer_on_our_cities/ Not a new idea. Back in the last century I took a vacation to lake Placid and they had successfully passed a city ordinance banning Wal-mart and a few other ‘big box’ stores. Much has bee written on how the likes of Chapters/Indigo has destroyed the small bookstore. Reality… Continue reading

Print publishers have no idea who is buying their books

How I got a big advance from a big publisher and self-published anyway Related articles How to Market Your Book (bookshopblog.com) Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know (reviews.cnet.com) E-Books vs. The Written Word (christinecassimus.wordpress.com) Meeting Printing/Publishing Companies at Book Fairs (doriafreelancewriter.wordpress.com)

Dumbing Down Science Education

The BBC is not normally a hotbed of high standards, but it offers this report on the dumbing down of science education in the UK: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/6038638.stm The new GCSE science curriculum has been branded “sound bite science” which takes a back-to-front approach. Sir Richard Sykes, rector of Imperial College London,… Continue reading