Google launches Canadian bookstore

It’s a year delayed but Google’s Canadian bookstore is finally out with “hundreds of thousands of titles available for purchase in its eBookstore”, and through online resellers McNally Robinson in Winnipeg and the Campus Bookstore at Queen’s University. Built using open cloud technology, Google e-books are compatible on most popular platforms, devices, and e-readers.

“Google believes Canadians should have access to the books they want, should be able to read books on the device they want, and should be able to buy books from the bookstore they want,” the company said in a press release.

Two million public domain books will also be offered for free. Canada will be the third market for Google’s eBookstore, after the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Check out this video on Google eBooks:


Tablets to replace classroom computers in 5 year

Will this be the last generation with backpacks?

“A new Piper Jaffray survey suggests that tablets, led by the iPad, will play an increasingly large role in schools nationwide in the coming years, with some schools saying that they expect tablets to replace all other classroom computers within five years,” writes Nicholas Deleon of The Daily.

The survey was conducted among 25 school technology directors. The poll found that all of them were using Apple’s iPad in schools, while none were testing or deploying Android-based tablets.

Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said: “While this may be expected due to limited availability of Android tablets early in the tablet cycle, we also see it as evidence of Apple’s first mover advantage,” Munster said. “We also see a trend in education (which is mirrored in the enterprise) that familiarity with Apple devices among students (or employees) is causing a demand pull within institutions to also provide Apple devices.” – they are the 99%

It’s happened in Madrid and Cairo. Overeducated and unemployed twenty-somethings are camping out in major squares across the US and the world.

Dahlia Lithwick says about the movement, “Occupy Wall Street is not a movement without a message. It’s a movement that has wisely shunned the one-note, pre-chewed, simple-minded messaging required for cable television as it now exists. It’s a movement that feels no need to explain anything to the powers that be, although it is deftly changing the way we explain ourselves to one another… We are the most media-saturated 24-hour-cable-soaked culture in the world, and yet around the country, on Facebook and at protests, people are holding up cardboard signs, the way protesters in ancient Sumeria might have done when demonstrating against a rise in the price of figs. And why is that? Because they very wisely don’t trust television cameras and microphones to get it right anymore. Because a media constructed around the illusion of false equivalencies, screaming pundits, and manufactured crises fails to capture who we are and what we value.”

Here’s a collection of prose and poetry from the writers and supporters of Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.  Highly recommended – Six Jokes about Cognitive Dissonance by Jonathan Lethem.


An illustrated manual on how “Food Rules”

Illustration by Maira Kalman

Michael Pollan is an American author, journalist and activist who gave us thought about the food we eat in books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. He writes about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment.

In his new and illustrated book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual – Illustrated Edition (which hits stores this month), he counts down his favorite food rules.

“Place a Bouquet of Flowers on the Table and Everything Will Taste Twice as Good”; “If You’re Not Hungry Enough to Eat an Apple, Then You’re Probably Not Hungry”; “Order the small” – these are just three, there are 16 more. With simple and thoughtful illustrations by The New Yorker artist, Maira Kalman this hardcover volume marks an advance in the national dialogue that Food Rules inspired.


Gmail’s new look (yet again!)

Google Mail has a cleaner, more simple and more intuitive look, which includes streamlined conversations, elastic density, new HD themes, smarter navigation and better search options.

Jason Cornwell, User Experience Designer for Google writes: “We’re excited to finally share Gmail’s new look with you. We’ll be bringing these changes to everyone soon, but if you’d like to make the switch right away, we’re rolling out a Switch to the new look link in the bottom-right of Gmail over the next few days.”

Check out the video above. Like it? Or like it very much?