The Immaterial Economy Why I don't (usually) pay for digital content..

I’m really not a fan of paid digital content. Sure, I’ve bought indie games on Xbox Live and downloaded paid apps to my phone. I even paid for the Gosford Park soundtrack on mp3 because it was so hard to acquire through less legal means. Yet to my mind, digital content doesn’t “exist” in the same way that physical products do. When I buy a CD, book, or

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Book #7: Shaun Hutson – Slugs

When you’re in the habit of intentionally judging books by their covers, it can be a little hard to find something of questionable content that’ll still be entertaining. Sometimes you find yourself looking at the same endless parade of pedestrian covers and nothing really jumps out and yells “READ ME!” This was not one of those times. This Garth

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London Book Fair 2013 b Day One Diary

Getting up at 3am and to London at 7am, I somehow found myself inside Earl’s Court before it was officially “open” and had plenty of time to check out the lush spaces and marvel at the fact that this was the very same Earl’s Court where a teenage me threw up during a Radiohead show 10 years ago. Feeling a little like the only man there not in a suit, I

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London Book Fair 2013 a Day Two Diary

On the whole, day two of London Book Fair seemed a little less frantic, a little more conversational, and a lot more writer-focused. Two seminars from Literary Agents revealed an underlying truth- that authors are no longer a resource for agents to draw on, but tools they have to utilise. Tools they have to chase after, learn to work with and keep in happy

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SPOILER WARNING!! This isn’t a spoiler, but.. There is no such thing as an "almost-spoiler"

So, with Game of Thrones chugging through season after season on HBO, the BBC scheduling more and more Doctor Who after their anniversary special, and so many new books flying in from all directions… I want to talk about spoilers. Specifically, I want to talk about the fact that there is no such thing a “little” spoiler, and anyone who tries to use them

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I don’t always ruin books with memes, but when I do..

I’m really not a fan of image memes. They reduce conversation to catchphrases and stifle creativity in a way that doesn’t let good ideas develop into better ones. They’re lazy, trite, easily dismissed and instantly forgotten. They’re the Christmas cracker jokes of digital communication. But what I’m finding worse is this growing trend of taking a quote

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