Jul 13, 2012 @ 12:43:00 am
Little, Brown has paid a jaw-dropping seven-figure advance to Australian writer Hannah Kent for her debut novel Burial Rights. Kent, 27, works at the literary magazine Kill Your Darlings. Her novel is about the last woman to be publicly beheaded in 1830.
Twenty years ago, William Gibson wrote a poem, put it on a floppy disk, and coded it to self-destruct after one reading. Now, a PhD student studying cryptology has created a replica of the coded poem and challenged hackers to crack it. To sweeten the deal, whoever does so first will get a complete set of William Gibson books.
To get around paying state sales tax, Amazon has employed a fairly simple strategy. They set up distribution centers in low-residency states like Kentucky or Nevada (where taxes are lower) and ship mainly to people in high-residency states
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