Amazon recently announced a “Kindle with Special Offers” version of their popular Kindle e-reader. Allowing Amazon to display sponsored messages on the home screen and sponsored screensavers will save only $25, however – they’re selling it for $114, down from $139 for the standard edition.
Knopf announced that the first book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series has sold more than a million copies; combined digital sales of all three books is over three million.
Sales of the first two books were likely spurred by the prices being discounted to $5 each at most ebook stores for a period of time, though they have since increased.
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Nine of the actors cast in the upcoming Hobbit movie (which will be based, of course, or JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”) have just been announced. As has been rumored for some time, Martin Freeman will be playing the lead role of Bilbo Baggins.
Though most of them aren’t especially well-known, we’ve also got the names of many of the dwarves:
- Richard Armitage as Thorin
- Aidan Turner as Fili
- Rob Kazinsky as Kili
- Graham McTavish as Dwalin
- John Callen as Oin
- Stephen Hunter as Bombur
- Mark Hadlow as Dori
- Peter Hambleton as Gloin
The Guardian has an interesting article out today about a poetry-translating experiment at Google:
And now their creators are eyeing up the poetry market. According to Dmitriy Genzel, a Google software engineer, the internet’s favourite one-stop shop is now working on the machine-translation of not just words, but meter and rhyme.
The story is actually referring to this post, dated October 5th, from Google’s research blog. Translating poetry sounds infinitely more challenging than plain text, and automated plain-text translators are far from perfect. Still, it’ll be interesting to watch the progress of the project.
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After an extended period of delays, it looks like production of the two films based on JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is finally going forward. Barring unforeseen circumstances, filming is set to start in February 2011; the first movie will reach theaters December 2012.
And though it’s been rumored for months, we finally have official confirmation that Peter Jackson – who directed the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy – will return in the same role.
Full information is available on theonering.net.
Another enthralling sci-fi movie adaptation to watch for is I Am Number Four which is based from Pittacus Lore’s masterpiece of the same title.