The 25 Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds


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Tumblr has built itself as the center of a large creative community. You can find graphic artists, hilarious GIFs and talented musicians sharing their work. It’s also home to countless readers, writers and book lovers.

If you’re a true bibliophile, Tumblr has lots of blogs to feed your love of the written word. Here’s a small sampling of its book bonanza.

Real Authors

Social media is a great way to stay connected to people you admire, and there are several intriguing authors active on Tumblr. It’s an especially busy platform for young adult writers. For instance, if you loved The Fault in Our Stars, take a look at author John Green’s Tumblr thoughts.

Here’s just a handful of the great author-run Tumblrs out there:

Publishing Houses

While many individual authors have taken advantage of Tumblr as a way to share their thoughts, the publishing sector has built itself up as a great resource on the platform. Several well-known imprints offer readers of all stripes insights about the book industry, and spark conversations about reading.

Independent bookstores

Strand Books

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Independent bookstores are also a great resource for readers. Even if you don’t have an indie outpost in your hometown, you can still find more obscure new authors and titles, as well as plenty of Internet humor, by following the accounts of some famed U.S. stores.

Reading Recommendations

Tumblr is great for figuring out the next title to read. If you don’t get enough ideas from the publishers or bookstores, luckily these accounts focus just on recommendations. Whether you’re looking for the popular titles or the indie authors, these Tumblrs will leave you with “so many books, so little time.”

Book Art

Old Book

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Readers like a little art and a little humor in their Tumblr feeds, so here’s a handful of random book-related blogs to round out the list.

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Your Most Mobile Friend Deserves the Wallee Smartphone Mount

Giftoftheday16x91Mashable’s Gift of the Day series highlights cool, interesting and fun products for that special someone on your holiday list.

Gift of the Day

You bring your phone everywhere — your desk, the kitchen, your car and, dare we say, the bathroom. Wouldn’t it be handy if you could secure that valuable device in each of the places you use it most?

Created by Studio Proper, the Wallee M smartphone case features a rare-earth magnet that attaches to a variety of branded mounts. Once you’ve fitted the case to your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3 or Nexus, you’ll be able to secure your phone to all kinds of surfaces: virtually any wall, window or tabletop.

Studio Proper also manufactures a Wallee case for tablets (below), namely the iPad, Nexus 7 or Galaxy Tab 10.1. The only difference is that you’ll mount the case with a turn and click vs. a magnet. Attach this Wallee case to an even larger variety of mounts: a tabletop kickstand, a headrest or even a hand strap.

Give the gift of chic portability with the Wallee, ideal for your most stylish and organized friends and family members.

Price : Wallee M $29.95; Wallee for tablets $39.95

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Learn to Cook the Perfect Steak With This Simulator


A research group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is developing a cooking simulator designed to help anyone prepare the perfect steak. It features a force feedback frying pan and a digital spatula that accurately recreates the sense of cooking.

Amateur cooks can turn the steak and move the pan and to feel a simulated resistance that mimics the weight of the ingredients. The simulator also calculates the heat transfer from the pan to the meat and displays the visible changes that would occur.

See the tool in action in DigInfo‘s video above.

This article originally published at PSFK

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5 Tech Toys for Your Geeky Dog


If You Have A Small Home Or Apartment, You Seriously Need To Buy Some Of These.

We can’t all live in mansions or penthouse suites, but that doesn’t mean you have to live up to your necks in your own stuff. Thankfully, if you use these products, you can truly make the most of what little space you have. These space-saving items are extremely useful, but they’re beautiful, too!

You’ll be amazed when you see what you can do with space that’s normally wasted.

1.) Stair Drawers

2.) Sofa Bunk Beds

3.) Painting Storage

4.) Fold-Up Table

5.) Litter Box Table

6.) Ironing Board Mirror

7.) Roll-Up Dish Rack

8.) Single-Slice Toaster

9.) Cat Hammock

10.) Dog Water Bowl Drawer

11.) Speaker Light Bulb

12.) Chairs That Fit Into Shelves

13.) Bookcase Staircase

14.) Chairs That Fit Into Table

15.) Open And Close Grill

16.) Shelf Chair

17.) Storage Under The Stairs

18.) Fold-Up Picture Table

19.) Knives Within Knives

20.) Toilet Sink

(via BoredPanda, BuzzFeed)

Some of these are so cool, I forgot that they’re also practical. Each and every one of these belong in my apartment (even if the toilet sink seems a little shady).

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Nuna Pepp Is a Compact and Lightweight Stroller for Urban Parents

The Nuna Pepp is sure to make you wonder why Americans need to have everything so big.

The European stroller, which only recently debuted in the United States, is compact and incredibly light, weighing in at just 19 pounds. Despite its smaller size, the stroller still has a shade, storage basket and five-point harness.

We had a chance to test drive the Pepp stroller, and found it to be snappy, compact and very chic. Assembly was a breeze, and it folds incredibly flat for easy storage.

The compactness of the stroller is probably its best feature; place it side-by-side with a typical American stroller, and you’ll definitely see the difference.

The Pepp is also made for one-hand navigation, so no more coffee-stained shirts while pushing your baby. The five-point harness, however, is something to get used to. Because it requires so many clicks into and out of place, prepare for a greater struggle with your writhing little one. What’s more, the basket underneath is reminiscent of typical European car trunks — very small without much room for storage.

The Nuna Pepp retails for about $300, so it isn’t the cheapest stroller on the market, but urban dwellers will appreciate what it has to offer.

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Natali Morris

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Awkward or Adorable? A Proposal at the Republican National Convention


Romance and politics go together like — well we’re not sure what. But apparently Republican National Convention staffer Bradley Thompson thought they were a winning combination for a proposal.

Wednesday morning, Thompson led girlfriend of two years (and fellow staffer) Laura Bowman on stage. Gigantic screens — usually reserved for the faces of GOP candidates — displayed pictures of their dog and the words “Laura Bowman will you marry me?”

Bowman said yes immediately and the crowd cheered while they kissed.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus even tweeted a congrats to the couple:

Thompson later told the AP he had gone to Tampa, Fla. with the ring but didn’t have his entire proposal mapped out. Something in the atmosphere of the convention must have inspired Thompson.

Move over, Mitt and Ann — these two are the cutest couple at the RNC.

What’s the cutest or most creative wedding proposal you’ve heard of? Tell us about it in the comments.

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5 Facts About Thanksgiving Food That Will Make You Barf

Before you stuff your face-hole with buttery wads of starch this holiday season, you should give thanks for this week’s episode of #5facts, in which we unearth the shocking truth about Thanksgiving food.

Did you know that cranberries aren’t really berries, botanically speaking? Or that before potatoes were domesticated, they were highly poisonous?

Enjoy this heaping bowl of trivia and comedy, and if you dig the show, subscribe to our YouTube channel for new episodes every Wednesday. We’ll see you next week!

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Nest Is Just the Beginning of Smart Home Tech


These days, it seems like everyone is innovating for the future. From eco-friendly prefab housing to high-tech city bridges, companies and cities are putting unique and interesting spins on what they believe will change our future. But, think about this for a second: Have you ever thought long and hard about what your thermostat will look like in 10 or 15 years?

Probably not. Turns out that the thermostat, for better or for worse, hasn’t really changed its form or function in the last few decades, aside from a digital interface and more sophisticated temperature-sensing technology. It seems as though there wasn’t much to say about the device until the introduction of the Nest: A high-tech smart thermostat that broke the mold for its minimalist design and mobile, sustainable programming options.

“Before Nest, people didn’t care about their thermostat,” says Matt Rogers, co-founder and VP of engineering at Nest. “We’ve really awoken that frustration by bringing great design, great technology and a great experience to the space.”

Mashable spoke with Rogers about how the Nest broke the mold of digital climate control, and what he thinks is going to be the real thermostat of the future.

What do you think of high-tech climate control? Would you use it in your home? Let us know in the comments.

The Thermostat Speaks

Rogers says that in the year that Nest has officially been on the market, one of the places where the system has had the biggest impact the introduction of a “learning” appliance. Instead of a thermostat that simply controls the temperature in the house, or follows a (complicated) program set based on a timer, Rogers says that the impact of introducing learning into the thermostat has changed the way people view their climate control tendencies.

“If you turn it down before you leave, Nest will learn and turn it down for you,” Rogers adds. “It’s simple.”

He says he expects this sort of learning will lead to an even more personal thermostat of the future: One that will not only be able to recognize patterns in a house, but also be custom-tailored to work with the home’s features (a heated floor, for example, instead of a traditional duct system) to produce an optimized program without any input or jury-rigging from the user.

“People don’t buy ecosystems. People want to buy great things,” Rogers says.

Another mold-breaking feature that has proven a boon for the Nest team is accurate climate reporting month over month. Nest will actually collect heating and cooling analytics — which includes the time it takes to hear or cool a home, how much energy is being used, and the peak times for energy consumption — and send them to the user to track trends. He hopes that this feature becomes an important part of how we control the climate in our homes in the next few years.

“I think we’re just starting to scratch the surface into the things we can do with our data,” Rogers says. “We can understand so much more about the ecosystem as a whole.”

The learning, talking thermostat is bound to be noticed, meaning that consumers who adopt smart thermostats are also able to understand how their energy is working for them.

The Thermostat Goes Green (So You Don’t Have To)

Which brings the thermostat to another core tenet of Nest’s philosophy: sustainability. In 2010, Energy Star — the government program that monitors and rewards appliances that are known to save customers energy — completely killed its program for thermostats. With the thermostat controlling a lion’s share of energy costs and the inefficiency of the system preventing smart conservation, there seemed no feasible way to actually save energy.

Rogers says that the Nest is able to save its consumers energy and money because it does all the heavy lifting.

“Everybody likes to save energy and save money,” Rogers says. “But to ask them to change their lifestyle is a challenge. Instead, we give them all the tools to do it and lead them along the way.”

Nest sets the example because it already knows what temperatures promote energy conservation, and notes when users are saving money by displaying a little green leaf. Rogers says this visual feedback is an easy and simple way for people to know when a temperature is a “good” one that helps curb energy, or a “bad” one that sends it skyrocketing.

“You have that insight as opposed to having no idea and flying blind,” Rogers adds. “You can also do it in a simple way, and the leaf helps people feel that reward.”

He hopes the thermostat of the future will also be accompanied by the heater of the future and the air conditioner of the future — appliances that could talk to each other and take cues from algorithms to work optimally. When the system is cooperative, you’re more likely to see greater efficiency and adjustment throughout warmer and cooler months.

“We can drive a lot of efficiency from the thermostat when we drive communication to it,” Rogers explains.

The Thermostat Grows Up

It’s hard to see the future of digital climate control because it’s only been tackled within the last year, but as Rogers and the rest of the Nest team push forward, it’s easy to see that one thing reigns supreme.

“It has to be dead simple, as simple as possible.”

Don’t bet on any fancy tablet-controllers or a variety of knobs and buttons to control your air conditioner anytime soon: It turns out, sometimes the best solution for the future is also the least complicated.

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