Jamie Ibson – My latest anthology, We Dare: Semper Paratus came out in August. It’s an all-too-unfortunately-timed, but well-written anthology focused on Survivors of the Apocalypse (Apocalypse may vary by region and timeline). Aliens, zombies, Y2K, nuclear exchange, shadow fey, or just plain deadly shadow wraiths… Lots of different stories, and lots of different people fighting back against catastrophe, saying “Not Yet”.
NerdCrave – Console Wars is an epic work of non-fiction that reads more like a novel. It covers the hotly contested battle between Sega and Nintendo for the top spot in the 16-bit console wars. This book follows Tom Kalinske, President of Sega of America through Sega’s rise to power in the early 1990’s I asked several friends to come on the channel and “weigh-in” on the ULTIMATE DEBATE. were they team Sega or Team Nintendo?
Before Amazon challenged Barnes & Noble the brick-and-mortar bookseller was one of the most prolific American chains during the twentieth century.
Its sales have been in a decline for six years as the bookseller cedes market share to Amazon and consumers turn to their phones or portable tablets instead of books. There’s been a revolving door in the retailer’s C-suite, and activist investors have piled on. Now, Barnes & Noble is considering a sale of its business after receiving interest from a handful of parties, including its so-called modern-day founder and executive chairman, Leonard Riggio, and reportedly, U.K. retailer W.H. Smith.
Barnes & Noble must prove it can deliver sales growth in its core book business this holiday season. The retail industry as a whole is expected to benefit from strong consumer spending, with the average American household expected to spend $1,536 through the holidays, according to a survey by Deloitte. That’s up 25 percent from a year ago. If Barnes & Noble can’t grow sales against such a healthy, economic backdrop, the company could ultimately head down the same path as its former rival Borders, or shuttered Toys R Us or Sears, which is in bankruptcy court.
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I reached out to Evan Amos a few years ago, privately thanking him for the contribution he has made to the gaming community and yet goes largely unnoticed. Most people don’t realize that in order to have his photos on Wikipedia, he essentially has to give them away…which most professional photographers would never do! So I was GLAD to review and help promote his book to my audience!