Curious Rat

Chroble LEGO Minifig Shelf →

I need to get a few of these for my office.

Photos: From Swampland to Disney World →

A slideshow depicting the origins of Walt Disney World, beginning with Roy Disney and his team inspecting the land and going all the way to the park’s opening in 1971. If you look on YouTube, you can also find some great videos about the park’s history.

Inside Martin Greenfield Clothiers →

Speaking of suits and style, Melia Robinson has a great (non-slideshow) series of photos from one of the best suit makers in America:

*Today, [Martin Greenfield] continues the tradition of making suits by hand at his four-floor warehouse in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where his client list includes Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, and Leonardo DiCaprio. “I see my suits being worn all over the world,” Greenfield says. “I love to see the results.” *


Lessons in Style from Humphrey Bogart →

ᔥ Esquire:

You can hardly find a picture of Bogart during his heydey in which he isn’t dressed to the nines — hanging at the club, wandering around backstage, or, as seen here, riding his bike around a studio set. This, of course, is not exactly a hallmark of Bogart and Bogart alone: men at the time would don a suit and tie just to sit around the house.

I was definitely born in the wrong era.

Kindle Unlimited: Key Questions →

Author David Gaughran tries to answer some questions about Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited subscription service:

How much will we be paid for borrows?

There’s actually no way of knowing right now. Authors had the same questions when KDP Select launched in December 2011, and I remember estimates ranging from $0.30 to $2. In the time since, borrow payouts have averaged $2.19. It seemed like Amazon was always keen to keep the rate around $2, adding and subtracting money from the fixed pool each month to keep things at that level.

It looks as though we have more questions than answers right now. We won’t know a lot about what this means for authors until it’s been in use for at least 3-6 months. I’m skeptical, however, of its longterm success. Binge watching a season of Breaking Bad on Netflix is a lot different than binge reading a slew of books.

For argument’s sake, one could theoretically watch an entire season of a popular TV show in 12-13 hours if there were no breaks, but reading speeds vary from person to person and people don’t always find or make the time to read. Ten bucks a month is a lot of money to spend on a service where the customer may only read one or two books in that timeframe.

It’s scary for authors because it’s new (and it’s Amazon, so there’s little information on it), but I don’t anticipate this being a problem for most authors. Since the service lacks cooperation from the Big 5 publishers (except for certain titles/series, like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, and a few others), and many indie books fall within the $.99-$2.99 price range, my guess is readers will just spend the few dollars at a time for the books they want to read than $9.99 on an entire library of books they might never get around to reading at all1.

  1. Or want to read if the publishers don’t release more namebrand titles.