This is Mike the cat, who assisted in keeping the Main Gate at the British Museum from Feb 1909 to Jan 1929. When he died, the former Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, Sir E A Wallis Budge, wrote this pamphlet about him. His obituary was featured in both the London Evening Standard and Time magazine! In 1979, to mark the Golden Jubilee of his death, another pamphlet with illustrations was produced.
Woo hoo! Check out Bree Despain’s cover reveals for THE ETERNITY KEY and THE SHADOW PRINCE and enter her fabulous celebratory giveaway!
The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.
Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry?
My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.
Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money.
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating.
Today, the 29th of July, is International Tiger Day. It was founded in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia, to draw worldwide attention to the severely declining native populations of tigers and their ecosystems, as well as the organisations who are working to save them.
To date, just over 3,000 tigers still survive in the wild, and despite there being a strong international effort to protecting them, they are still heavily threatened from poaching, habitat destruction, confrontation with humans and being sold on the illegal wildlife trade market.
For more information on tigers, their current plight or to find out how you can help, please visit these organisations: