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What We’re Reading: Oct. 25-31

The Halloween pop-up industry continues to grow, real estate personalities, and Starbucks’ revised dress code

from Flickr user Daniel Oines

from Flickr user Daniel Oines

Pop-up stores have been a trend for several years, but hardly any segment is more successful than the Halloween pop-up. The Halloween retail industry is worth $7 billion annually and climbing. During the recession good-sized spots in prime markets were much easier to come by. Racked takes a look at a growing business model that seems to work.

I think some of our library stacks could benefit from this: Lifehacker looks at how to get rid of that ‘old book smell‘ with cornstarch.

The Wall Street Journal noted a new study finds that personality traits can help predict our real-estate decisions. Similarly, a second study finds that in states with a relatively predominant personality type, real-estate decisions often reflect that personality.

Just in time for Halloween: A collector of images of skeletons.

Have your own blog and looking for images to use that aren’t so…stocky? Here are 30 sites with free images that aren’t the norm.

Vox wades into the debate about whether Amazon is becoming a monopoly. They say not really, other than in one area – Kindle eBooks. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act made it illegal to unscramble encrypted content without permission of the copyright holders. So that’s why you can’t buy a Kubo reader and transfer all your Kindle titles to it. Reforming the law to allow for consumers to move content from device to device would be a good start. As a reminder: the eBook Collection at NAR has both Kindle and non-Kindle titles to suit your need. :-)

Worried about productivity? If you work in a big office stay away from the printer.

We get asked by members frequently for our ‘rules’ for what goes on a business card (answer: the only one we have is in how you use our registered mark, REALTOR®). Some people question the value of business cards: if there’s an app to seamlessly transfer contact information, why bother with a piece of paper? Business cards still have value, says Lifehacker, and you should be diligent about how you create one.

Starbucks is revising its dress policy for its baristas. Starting in January the company is relaxing its clothing and tattoo restrictions while at the same time banning watches and rings with stones.

 

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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