Weekend Reads: Working Titles, Bleeps and Signing Ebooks

Settle down for some reading this weekend with our selection of the best articles we enjoyed this past week. Featuring bleeps, signing ebooks and the origins of Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi… The Origins of origins of Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi (Boing Boing) What do Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish have in common? They are all fantasy constructed languages, or conlangs. Conlangs have all the delicious complexities of real languages: a high volume of words, grammar rules, and room for messiness and evolution. John McWhorter explains why these invented languages captivate fans long past the rolling credits. The Working Titles of 14 Popular Hollywood Movies (Mental Floss) Most Hollywood movies go by a different name—also known as a working title—until the film is released in theatres. These cinematic pseudonyms can be used to hide a film’s production from rampant fans or to keep costs low. Here are 14 working titles for popular Hollywood movies. Apple works out how to sign Ebooks (The Bookseller) Apple has applied to create a patent for a system allowing authors to sign e-books. This week, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from the technology company that outlines a system for embedding autographs into e-books when approved by authors. Curses! The birth of the bleep and modern American censorship (The Verge) The bleep and the First Amendment. What does it mean? Found an article we should share? Let us know! Contact us via Twitter,Facebook or email. – Rob Chilver @robchilver

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