Fee-For-Review vrs Vanity Review Overview

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Probably one of the most controversial topics still in the book publishing industry is the idea of an author (or publicist) paying for a review of their book. It’s an offshoot of the self-publishing versus publishing industry argument that comes from the old vanity presses of the past.

A vanity press, for the younger readers, was a publishing company that would charge an author for the entire print run of a book. The publisher might make attempts to sell the book, but their profit had already been taken in the print run of the book (and sometimes ongoing storage fees of the unsold books). The publisher often kept rights to the book, provided little to no support (cover design, marketing, etc.), or charged excessive fees for those services...

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3D-printed pixelated sushi is the only kind of sushi that matters now

Sushi looks even tastier when it's pixelated.
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What’s better than delicious sushi? How about 3D-printed sushi that looks like it belongs in an 8-bit video game?

At SXSW, Open Meals showed off a “Pixel Food Printer” that 3D prints edible pixelated sushi. It’s some real next-level #foodstagram stuff.

The guys at Open Meals want to do for food what Apple did for digital music: make it easy to download — or in this case “teleport” — food from anywhere in the world.

Food Base is basically the iTunes of 3D printable food.

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To achieve this, they’ve created two key components...

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Where do the locals go in Istanbul?

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Istanbul has a special place in human history, sitting metaphorically and physically between the East and West. At one point it was the capital city of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and the key to trade and cultural dominance. Once called Constantinople, today Istanbul offers a glimpse into ancient history and modern sensibilities. Famous for its mix of ancient mosques and Cathedrals, textiles, and food, travellers can get lost in history or seek out experiences unique to the Middle Eastern-European vibe.  

We’ve rounded up the best places to see in Istanbul that you won’t find in a travel guide. 

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For couples: Known for its boutiques, Istanbul is where you’ll find that unique souvenir for your friends or family. Sevan Bicakci’s st...

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10+ Sexy Pasta Dishes We Definitely Want To Marry

Warning: Do not scroll if hungry.

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    Spaghetti Carbonara

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    Squash Agnolotti With Porcini Mushroom Sauce

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    Spaghetti and Meatballs

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    Cavatelli With Hot Sausage, Sage, and Brown Butter

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    Pan Fried Gnocchi With Pumpkin and Spinach

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    Rigatoni With Caramelized Fennel And Shallots

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    Baked Ziti

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    Black Spaghetti With Rock Shrimp & Spicy Soppresatta

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    Shrimp Alfredo Fettuccine

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    Spaghetti With Pesto Sauce

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This McDonalds has a second level for cooking and then sends your order down via a lift

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School anti-obesity plans ‘don’t work’

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School programmes encouraging children to take more exercise and eat healthily are unlikely to have any real effect on childhood obesity, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.

More than 600 primary school pupils in the West Midlands took part in a 12-month anti-obesity programme.

But the study found no improvements in the children’s diet or activity levels.

Public health officials said they were working with industry to make food healthier.

And they said a sugar reduction programme and the government’s sugar tax would help to tackle childhood obesity.

The researchers, from the University of Birmingham, said families, communities and the food industry pr...

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This cannabis spa wants you to REALLY relax

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Weed and yoga might just be a match made in heaven. But despite pot’s legal status in Denver, “ganja yoga” isn’t permitted. Well, unless you get stoned yourself and then go to a yoga class. But maybe there’s another option on the way…

Owners of the Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge submitted a social consumption application on Wednesday to the city of Denver in hopes of becoming the first “fully licensed, state-legal cannabis spa.” Which means you’ll be able to get baked and relax on the premises.

If approved, Utopia will offer patrons “cannabis infused massages, ganja yoga, and other cannabis-friendly activities to patrons 21 and older, ...

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Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

The long read: Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative

Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday life especially in Britain and the US more completely than at any time in recent history. An obsession with employability runs through education. Even severely disabled welfare claimants are required to be work-seekers. Corporate superstars show off their epic work schedules. Hard-working families are idealised by politicians. Friends pitch each other business ideas. Tech companies persuade their employees that round-the-clock work is play...

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Radical Revolution: The fight for animal liberation by Stephen Saunders

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Veganism is more than a healthy lifestyle choice—it’s a moral imperative. Society continues to engage in widespread animal oppression, slaughtering billions of helpless living creatures each year. Vivisectionists and researchers torture and kill in the name of science, while corporations and governments plunder nature’s last remaining treasures.

Author, vegan, and dietician Stephen Saunders, RD, presents a compelling and sometimes controversial argument in favor of animal liberation. Drawing on historical examples of human oppression and comparing them to the plight of animals, Saunders reveals the hypocrisy of those who fight for human rights while ignoring speciesism.

Saunders offers a vision of animal oppression from the point of view of the victim...

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The Prize by Geoffrey M. Cooper

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The Prize by Geoffrey M. Cooper

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What does it take to win a Nobel Prize? Deceit, fraud, even murder? Set in the competitive world of cutting-edge medical research, The Prize is a science thriller in which jealousy over the discovery of a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease leads to fraud, betrayal and violence.

Pam Weller makes the discovery of a lifetime when she finds a drug with the potential for treating Alzheimer’s. But her success threatens the supremacy of Eric Prescott, a leading figure in Alzheimer’s research. Lusting relentlessly for the Nobel Prize, Prescott fears that Pam’s work will derail his ambitions. He seduces one of Pam’s research fellows and enlists her in a plot to brand Pam a fraud and steal her discovery...

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A Police Action by AA Freda


A Police Action is a gripping coming-of-age Vietnam War-era romantic novel. It is the story of two lost and confused young adults. It is love at first sight when nineteen-year-old Samantha Powers meets James Coppi at the Country Honky Tonk in Colorado Springs. There are just two problems to a storybook ending for Samantha’s passion. She is pregnant with someone else’s child and James, a young solider, is heading for a war in Vietnam.

Will this instant attraction be enough to form a lasting bond? What will happen after James is deployed? Will he return home safely, and, if so, will it be to Samantha? Follow along as the young lovers mature through their individual hardships and those that they share.


Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5

A Police Action is a reminder o...

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