“Beach reading” conjures up ultra-light fiction for lazy summer days spent soaking up the sun. You leave behind the bleakly serious academic literature, the strictly composed 18th century poetry, the epic tomes, and the fact-based nonfiction. All of those bulky textbooks stay at home, too, gathering dust until autumn. Now is the time for easy, breezy, reading meant for pure entertainment. You want the kind of fun reading you can do while sipping a cool beverage at your favorite oceanside, poolside, or lakeside destination.
The Carefree Option
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World Cup fever is spreading like a fan pandemic as teams from nations across the globe converge in Brazil to compete for the coveted 2014 World Cup playoffs title.
Billions of viewers have already witnessed incredible upsets, nail-biting finishes, last-minute winning goals, and plenty of drama – both on the turf and away from the stadium. Meanwhile the field of contenders is narrowing as the excitement builds toward a crescendo and grand finale. Anything can happen in this tournament, which is why football – or soccer if you prefer the United States lingo – is the most popular
Not long ago e-book publishers felt totally eclipsed from widespread public exposure, sidelined by the print publishing industry and ignored by the mainstream media. When electronic books were mentioned, they were treated as a novelty, not a serious contender. But all of that has changed, as was confirmed again this month when e-books were a topic that played prominently across the media world.
Two particular stories made headlines. One had to do with the ongoing battle between e-book publishers and Amazon, the world’s biggest book seller, over pricing. That’s a negotiation that we can expect to go on