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Mark Twain wrote the first book ever written with a typewriter

Mark Twain wrote the first book ever written with a typewriter | Biblio | Scoop.it

Twain purchased his first typewriter (which probably looked like the Remington Sholes and Glidden above) in 1874 for $125. In 1875, he writes in a letter to the Remington company that he is no longer using his typewriter; it corrupts his morals because it makes him want to swear. He gives the infernal machine away, twice. It returns to him each time.

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From plitter to drabbletail: the words we love

From plitter to drabbletail: the words we love | Biblio | Scoop.it

Dialect terms such as yokeymajig or whiffle-whaffle; all-time favourites like cochineal, clot or eschew; antiquated phrases such as ‘playing the giddy ox’ … leading writers on the words they cherish

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The best LGBT children's books

The best LGBT children's books | Biblio | Scoop.it

From Maurice Sendak to the real-life story of a gay penguin family, by way of grandmothers and kings.

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Why we still need Richard Hugo's defense of creative writing classes

Why we still need Richard Hugo's defense of creative writing classes | Biblio | Scoop.it

In the essay 'In Defense of Creative-Writing Classes', Hugo immediately establishes the reason why writing education will always exist.

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How the Talmud became a best-seller in South Korea

How the Talmud became a best-seller in South Korea | Biblio | Scoop.it

In 2011, the South Korean Ambassador to Israel said on Israeli public television that 'each Korean family has at least one copy of the Talmud'.

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Bookstores won't go the way of video stores

Bookstores won't go the way of video stores | Biblio | Scoop.it

The truth is that, despite what you might have heard, people are still reading, and independent bookstores are doing rather well. Maybe not making a mint. Booksellers are still on edge, both financially and emotionally. We’re not poised to overtake Amazon anytime soon. But bookselling has proven to be a pretty darn robust industry. People are still buying books.

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Amazon's about to change how budding authors write

Amazon's about to change how budding authors write | Biblio | Scoop.it

Rather than a flat rate for their book being taken out of the 'Kindle Owners' Lending Library' or read as a part of 'Kindle Unlimited', authors will be paid based on how many pages of their books are actually read.

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What makes a piece of writing fictional or nonfictional?

What makes a piece of writing fictional or nonfictional? | Biblio | Scoop.it

Nigel Warburton: You might think that what makes fiction fiction is that it's fictional. And non-fiction, well, that's easy: it's the true stuff. But it's nothing like as simple as that.

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The 5 types of swears you find in speculative fiction

The 5 types of swears you find in speculative fiction | Biblio | Scoop.it

Swearing in speculative fiction can trip up a reader or help build a world.

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Author wins a £25,000 Scottish literary prize after book rejected 44 times

Author wins a £25,000 Scottish literary prize after book rejected 44 times | Biblio | Scoop.it

John Spurling was awarded the sixth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel set in imperial China, The Ten Thousand Things.

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College declines student's request to 'eradicate' acclaimed graphic novels from campus

College declines student's request to 'eradicate' acclaimed graphic novels from campus | Biblio | Scoop.it

What is literature for, if not to shock us? It’s good to be shocked.

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Harvard Law's Jonathan Zittrain defends libraries

Harvard Law's Jonathan Zittrain defends libraries | Biblio | Scoop.it

'Libraries are often the places of last resort to find that thing that nobody bothered to hang onto, but that they later regret losing', Zittrain said Tuesday on Boston Public Radio.

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When a bookstore closes, an argument ends

When a bookstore closes, an argument ends | Biblio | Scoop.it

The demise of the Parisian shop La Hune, and of many other bookstores around the globe, is a loss to freedom.

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Sunset and sunrise on bleak horizons: the state of the revisionist western

Sunset and sunrise on bleak horizons: the state of the revisionist western | Biblio | Scoop.it

Revisionist westerns are having a proper literary moment.

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Bookworms, rejoice: nine websites that offer cheap books

Bookworms, rejoice: nine websites that offer cheap books | Biblio | Scoop.it

Who says you have to spend so much money on books? Here are nine websites where you can buy or borrow books for much less.

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The new Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader you can buy

The new Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader you can buy | Biblio | Scoop.it

The new Paperwhite gives a 300-ppi screen to the midrange device without raising the price a single dollar. It was already our pick for the best e-reader you can buy, and now it's doubly so.

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University of Iowa receives epic sci-fi collection

University of Iowa receives epic sci-fi collection | Biblio | Scoop.it

What's vast, invaluable, and located in a Sioux Falls basement? Allen Lewis's 17,500-volume science fiction collection.

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Cuba's vision of the future, as seen through two new translated sci-fi novels

Cuba's vision of the future, as seen through two new translated sci-fi novels | Biblio | Scoop.it

With the United States beginning to ease restrictions against Cuba earlier this year, we’re poised to get a new peek into Cuba. One such opening is through a pair of translated science fiction novels, set to be published by Restless Books.

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Margaret Atwood: 'Americans think of Canada as the place where the weather comes from'

Margaret Atwood: 'Americans think of Canada as the place where the weather comes from' | Biblio | Scoop.it

The question of the status of women has frequently been an issue in Atwood’s work, and feminists have seized upon her writing as a product of the movement. Atwood has also made other political and philosophical issues themes in her work, such as Canada’s struggle to create an identity and, in recent years, her concern for human rights.

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When writers put themselves into the story

When writers put themselves into the story | Biblio | Scoop.it

Joshua Cohen, the author of Book of Numbers, discusses Dostoyevsky’s The Double, in which the author becomes a presence in the novella.

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Book dominos world record attempt causes outcry as 'disrespectful to books'

Book dominos world record attempt causes outcry as 'disrespectful to books' | Biblio | Scoop.it

A library in Japan has been criticised for trying to break a book toppling record, currently held by the UK.

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The Game of Thrones book symposium: a spoiler-filled discussion

The Game of Thrones book symposium: a spoiler-filled discussion | Biblio | Scoop.it

Our hyper-literate experts debate Jon Snow’s fate and attempt to predict when The Winds of Winter will finally be released and what next season of HBO’s drama will hold.

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