The confirmation by Amazon.com that it will build a pair of massive "fulfillment" centers along the Interstate 4 corridor means that sometime in the next two years Floridians will have to start paying sales taxes on purchases from the online retail giant.
But even with Amazon eventually joining other businesses located in Florida in collecting the state's sales tax, some groups will continue pushing to eliminate an exemption that has allowed out-of-state online retailers including eBay and Overstock to avoid the tax.
Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 5:12 pm
Fast-food giant McDonald's is set to become a publishing giant as well — at least temporarily. For two weeks next month, McDonald's says it will oust the toys that usually come in its Happy Meals and replace them with books it has published itself.
First half with author Nathaniel Philbrick; second half of the program Linda Gassenheimer with Ingrid Hoffmann.
10/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a discussion of what may be the greatest American novel: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The novel’s length and esoteric topic keeps modern readers at bay. We’ll speak with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of WHY READ MOBY DICK? And more. Linda Gassenheimer celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from Univision celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman. Fred Tasker’s wine comments, as well. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.
Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:03 pm
Elmore Leonard, the crime novelist whose best-sellers included Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Maximum Bob, died Tuesday morning at his Detroit-area home, according to statements from his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter on Twitter and to The Detroit News
In the minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Miami-Dade Commission, it reads, “In libraries, these adjustments will result in the reduction of hours of service and closure of 10 storefronts and up to 12 other libraries.” Meaning, to avoid increases in property taxes, the commission proposes to eliminate 22 of its 49 public library branches.
On the 114th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth on June 21, Key West wasn’t alone in celebrating the author’s life. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library announced that it would release five scrapbooks in digital form that document Hemingway’s childhood.
Seen by very few people, the scrapbooks had been in secure storage for decades due to their fragility.
With budget cuts impacting public libraries all over the country, this summer is not only your traditional reading season – it’s also a time for thinking about reading.
The State of the Book at Spinello Projects will exhibit physical books as precious, engaging objects – works of art you can touch – and will encourage people to sit, read and ruminate on the future of printed matter.
Cristine Peña from Tampa dresses as Sailor Venus from the manga series Sailor Moon. She won Best Craftsmanship in the costume contest at last year's Supercon. Kevin Walker from Orlando dresses as Kai Leng from the video game Mass Effect 3.