Clutter-free Web Browsing

Firefox has a great little built-in tool that most users don’t know about. It’s called Reader View and it’s right there on the URL bar: It’s a toggle. Click it…

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The (Un) Glamorous World of Publishing Revealed

Words from a book editor working for a small publishing house that is part of a big media group … The part of the job that makes me happy, as…

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What writers need to do …

… what we need to do is simply write fun and entertaining books and get them out. The next book is always the best promotion. Dean Wesley Smith Background photo:…

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Classic Literature as Fortune Cookie Fortunes

A Christmas Carol: You will become better acquainted with a coworker. Frankenstein: A friend is a present you give yourself. Metamorphosis: A dream you have will finally come true. More…

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New Year’s Revolution

If you’re thinking of making a New Year’s resolution in a couple of days time, don’t! Around 80% of people do, apparently, and one-third of those don’t survive beyond the…

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Diagnosing Mac Hardware Problems

Your Mac’s acting up. It’s been all right for hours. Days, even. Then you have a rush on. You need something in a hurry. A look at a database or…

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A Small Mystery: Solved

Why did Penguin Random House go after a 20 year old, out-of-print novel? I think I’ve figured it out!

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New Life for an Old Phone

My Samsung Galaxy S-III was getting a bit whiskery. Although it was six years old, it still did most of what I needed in a smartphone – made calls, sent…

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Can you judge a book by its cover?

Travelling around the islands on my first visit to Greece many years ago, it seemed as if every second person was sporting a copy of The Magus by John Fowles….

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Facebook Compromises Two-Factor Authentication

They say they want your phone number to enhance your security. Then they sell it to advertisers. Two-factor authentication is hardly a phrase to set your pulse racing, but it’s…

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