In these strange days of quarantine and isolation, books can be a mode of transport. We may have to stay home and stay still, but through the abiding magic of the written word, we can travel to all kinds of different places. Look, just because it’s corny doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
Each month the Goodreads editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers’ early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.
The U.S. real estate market is beginning to show signs of a “great reshuffling,” as people relocate to homes with more privacy and space to ease working from home, Zillow CEO Rich Barton said on the company’s Q2 2020 earnings call this week.
“I believe we are at the dawn of a great reshuffling,” Barton said. “I’m sure I don’t need to spell it out for you because we are all living it, spending an average of nine hours more per day at home. Zoom meetings are changing the way families think about space and privacy. Home offices are in high demand. Backyards are more desirable than parks and gyms. Work-from-home policies are eliminating the commute for many. There’s an endless list of considerations.”
Starting in early 2019, 20 towns across Italy began selling homes for €1, or about $1.10.
Local governments hope the plan will attract fresh faces and new businesses to towns that have been suffering from rapid depopulation and a growing number of abandoned homes for decades. But the true cost of these homes turn out to be much higher than $1.
Business Insider video feature story describes the depopulation problem in rural Italian towns and what small town governments are trying to do about it.
Interesting concept and marketing program. Hint: taxes, fees, and renovation costs amount to a lot more than a $1.
Back in March, we wrote about a new feature that Jane Manchun Wong spotted being tested by LinkedIn, which allows users on the platform to look for recommendations on professionals who provide specific services.
Then in April, Wong spotted another new option for users to fill out a ‘Services’ section on their profiles to allow freelancers to showcase their services.
The two go hand in hand, and the latter is now rolling out to small business leaders and freelancers who have a Premium Business subscription in the U.S.
Those who have access to the new feature will have the ability to share what services they provide right on their profile, thus showing other members that they are “open for business.”