Your article (We must make a dwelling: authors rebel over running free of charge, 12 October) offers a deeply unfair impact of my attitude to the situation of writers. First, the – polite and pleasant – invitation to Philip Hensher to make a contribution a brief foreword to an educational ebook that I’m enhancing was not “for not anything”, however presented an, albeit modest, reimbursement for his time within the form of books. This can not be fee in coins, but neither is it “not...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016

In no way in my wildest goals did I imagine that at some point I might take a deep breath and write a begging letter to Sir Tim Rice. Much less possibly nonetheless, became the idea that I would ask Margaret Thatcher to provide me cash with an affordable threat of fulfillment. However, both had installed charitable trusts of their very own names geared toward funding human beings, like myself, in higher schooling. Many of the trusts are obscure, a few are historic, and use arcane terms including...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016

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The giant software company is promoting new uses for Cortana — its voice-activated answer to Apple’s Siri digital assistant — including the ability to interact with software “bots” that can have limited conversations with users and help with tasks like booking a hotel room, ordering a meal or arranging a delivery. Voice-activated services like Siri, “OK Google,” or Amazon’s Alexa can already perform tasks for users like playing a song at a request or answering a question....

by thewayyoulooklike on August 13, 2016

Unbiased Booksellers Week is coming to a quit, and there may be been a wonderful deal of noise approximately how virtuous little bookshops are in danger of being trampled by means of depraved Goliath on-line stores. Authors are being pilloried for linking their web sites to online retailers, and well-which means publishers are coming up with initiatives to raise the indie profile. This week I learned that 60% of consumers use bookshops to browse for his or her online buy, and that a few authors –...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016

They stay a large cash-spinner for the banks, however charge-paying “packaged” contemporary debts are producing increasingly lawsuits from clients. Packaged debts, provided via the likes of Lloyds and NatWest, rate clients a monthly price for advantages including journey coverage, mobile telephone insurance and card protection. Guardian cash can screen that court cases to the Financial Ombudsman Carrier approximately packaged bills are going for walks at as much as 400 a week – a discern that...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016

Packaged debts are a new front within the opposition for bank clients and are used by one in 5 adults. But they may be additionally embroiled in a regulatory crackdown that has visible the most important player withdraw from the market. Clients pay £10-£25 a month for add-on benefits inclusive of journey coverage and vehicle breakdown restoration. They are a huge moneyspinner for the banks, which bulk buy the underlying insurances at a fraction of the standard price, However had been dubbed “a...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016

Getting on for a decade in the past, even as operating as a recipe tester for a food magazine, the truth changed into laid out to me. while making dumplings with a colleague, communicate had grown to become to my profession hopes: writing cookbooks. “Alice, you do recognise there may be no money in cookbooks?” I used to be informed. That can not be right, I idea cheerfully. She’s simply doing something wrong. To start with, I just loved cooking. After A-levels, I begged my manner right...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016

If anyone ever needed a lesson on image novels, it’s the publisher who told Stan Lee: “That is the worst idea I’ve ever heard. Human beings hate spiders, you may’t name an e book Spiderman.” As you can have heard, that concept ended up running out pretty properly for Mr Lee who, at 93, is the god of the picture novel and created The Top-notch Hulk, The Remarkable Four and Iron Guy. There may be a bit of snobbery on the subject of the use of such texts in colleges, but they can be an exquisite...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016

When you are within the early days of starting off your business, there’s an in no way-finishing list of responsibilities to finish. Sorting out the phrases and situations of alternate is not at the top of the list. Getting your product market geared up, finding clients and advertising your product take priority in the startup technique. Neglecting this much less attractive a part of your business, however, should impact your cashflow via not on time payments and having to pay for materials before...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016

“All kids, whoever they live with, need to understand what’s passed off to them in life,” explains Heather Freeman, group manager of adoption services at Bournemouth borough council. For maximum youngsters, beginning mother and father are capable of provide these facts; photographs of you as a child, information of while you moved residence or colleges. However, for kids who’re followed, lifestyles tale books can be critical for presenting details in their records and background. We want...

by soumi das on August 13, 2016