One of the biggest challenges for college students such as myself is finding affordable (haha) textbooks at the beginning of the term… and then getting at least some of that money back at the end of the term when you don’t need the book anymore. I use Amazon to find textbooks (they’re almost always cheaper there than at the college bookstore), but selling them back is a bit of a hassle. Sure, I can just take them to the campus bookstore and sell them, but the one time I did that I got $20 for a $60 book and swore never to make that mistake again. Instead, I list the book as a used seller on Amazon, but there’s all sorts of trouble there, too. Continue reading “My New Favorite Service: Fulfillment By Amazon”
Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution states that “The Congress shall have Power… To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” This is known as the Copyright Clause. Over the years as new technologies and creative outlets have been invented, new laws have been written to create and protect copyrights over anything created by the human mind, whether it be literature, music, video, art, etc.
I love libraries. Despite owning an e-reader and doing plenty of reading on that device, not to mention my web browser, I still have a huge attachment to the printed word. Whenever I go to a college campus, I check out the library, and will spend quite some time wandering the aisles, just looking at the shelves and shelves of books. Continue reading “Spoils From the Library Sale”
A few weeks ago, a friend and I watched Jack the Giant Slayer, which combined the titular tale with Jack and the Beanstalk. A couple days ago, I watched Mirror, Mirror, which is a modern retelling of Snow White. Between the two, I’ve become rather fascinated with going back and seeing the origins of the folk/fairy tales we know so well today, and studying how they’ve changed over generations.
To start with, I’m looking into Snow White. I would like to write a more in-depth look at the history of that particular story, but for now, I’m just going to focus on a particular passage that sounds a lot like a passage from a completely different tale. The passage in question is in the original 1812 and 1857 versions written by the Brothers Grimm, but I guess I just didn’t remember it, or maybe it was removed in the adaptations I read. However, in 1916, Joseph Jacobs wrote his own version of the story for his Europa’s Fairy Book, in which he removes the space from Snow White’s name and cuts the number of dwarves from seven down to three. Oh, yes, and Snow White is seven years old in all three versions.