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The rebirth of the book?

We've been hearing it for the last decade: technology is killing traditional publishing.  And, indeed, if you ask my book agent, it's getting harder and harder to sell a traditional print book because, well, people are buying fewer of them, the market is shrinking, imprints are folding, publishers are rethinking... and, of course, now purists are worried that Kindle, and other e-readers, are the death knell.

Whether any of this is true or not and whether any of this matters or not (and certainly you guys can duke it out in the comments if you'd like), the video embed here gives me hope that some brilliant synergy is just around the corner. Because what is certain is this: change is inevitable. But if it's the kind of change you're about to watch, this writer/father is all for it!

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]

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