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Apple's E-textbooks should be free textbooks

Apple's E-textbooks should be free textbooks | Biblio | Scoop.it

How the Gates Foundation and Apple could team up to destroy the evil textbook cabal and save schools billions.

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Users Download 350,000 Textbooks From iBooks in 3 Days

Users Download 350,000 Textbooks From iBooks in 3 Days | Biblio | Scoop.it

Apple's textbook initiative is already paying off, as users have downloaded more than 350,000 textbooks in three days.

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Punches, matrices and fetishists

Punches, matrices and fetishists | Biblio | Scoop.it

WITH the proliferation of digital reading devices, the decline of the book-as-physical-object appears inevitable. But bibliophiles won’t have to find a new hobby quite yet.

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Talk Nerdy To Me: Three Reads For Your Inner Geek

Talk Nerdy To Me: Three Reads For Your Inner Geek | Biblio | Scoop.it

Aren't nerds sexy enough to be heroes? They certainly can be. Here are three novels featuring protagonists with above-average SAT scores, who would get your Star Wars references, and who would never beat you up and take your lunch money. Though they might, if provoked, correct your grammar.

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Ray Bradbury: I am not afraid of robots. I am afraid of people

Ray Bradbury: I am not afraid of robots. I am afraid of people | Biblio | Scoop.it

In 1974, Brian Sibley took it upon himself to write to his favourite author: science-fiction novelist Ray Bradbury. Here is the fascinating reply Bradbury soon sent, in which he heaps praise on his good friend Walt Disney and, by way of a lengthy postscript, eloquently questions Brian's fear of robots.

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Apple Isn’t The Only Disruptor: How Amazon Is Killing Publishers

Apple Isn’t The Only Disruptor: How Amazon Is Killing Publishers | Biblio | Scoop.it

Amazon’s publishing arm is surprisingly strong. They have a number of benefits including inexpensive print-on-demand as well as a massive Kindle install base. What do traditional publishers have? Well, Amazon.

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Intellectual Bullying or When Book Publicists Go Too Far

Intellectual Bullying or When Book Publicists Go Too Far | Biblio | Scoop.it

Critic Drew Nellins is shocked by the deluge of material -- including five pages of blurbs -- used to promote one novel. It lead's him to ask: is excess the new norm?

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Predeceased: The writers whose work dies before they do

Predeceased: The writers whose work dies before they do | Biblio | Scoop.it

Spare a thought for the authors who pass from celebrity to oblivion within their own lifetimes.

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What was J.D. Salinger working on?

What was J.D. Salinger working on? | Biblio | Scoop.it

The reclusive author died two years ago. We've learned lots about his life since, but one big question remains

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Sci-Fi Writer William Gibson on His iPad

Sci-Fi Writer William Gibson on His iPad | Biblio | Scoop.it

Speakeasy caught up with science-fiction writer William Gibson to discuss his non-fiction, why he thinks SOPA is 'Draconian,' and how tablets -- like Walkmans, back when they first appeared -- are changing how we understand cities.

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9 Books on Reading and Writing

9 Books on Reading and Writing | Biblio | Scoop.it

Dancing with the absurdity of life, or what symbolism has to do with the osmosis of trash and treasure.

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George Orwell’s Animal Farm & 1984: Watch the Films Online

George Orwell’s Animal Farm & 1984: Watch the Films Online | Biblio | Scoop.it

Produced by Halas and Batchelor (and funded by the CIA, although the animators didn’t know it), Animal Farm was the first British animated feature released worldwide, and the animation style — dubbed 'Disney-turned-serious' — received critical praise.

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Johnny Depp Reads Letters from Hunter S. Thompson

Johnny Depp Reads Letters from Hunter S. Thompson | Biblio | Scoop.it

We feature Johnny reading aloud some letters he received from Hunter. The letters are very Thompson-esque, which means, among things, they’re NOT SAFE for work!

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Salman Rushdie mafia death plot was 'an invention' to keep him from Jaipur

Salman Rushdie mafia death plot was 'an invention' to keep him from Jaipur | Biblio | Scoop.it

Salman Rushdie regrets pulling out of literary festival after fabricated death threats.

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The 50 Best UK Bookshops

The 50 Best UK Bookshops | Biblio | Scoop.it

Tracking down a good read is about more than coffee and comfortable sofas. Rhiannon Batten finds well-informed staff and specialist stock.

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Salman Rushdie: a literary giant still beset by bigots

Salman Rushdie: a literary giant still beset by bigots | Biblio | Scoop.it

The acclaimed author, who is publishing a long-awaited memoir of his decade in hiding from a murderous fatwa, finds himself threatened once more by fanatics over The Satanic Verses.

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Reasons to be cheerful in 2012: Morrissey and Neil Young are spilling the beans

Reasons to be cheerful in 2012: Morrissey and Neil Young are spilling the beans | Biblio | Scoop.it

Just when you thought there could be no more good rock autobiographies, some of the biggest icons in music are willing to set the record straight.

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Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011 | Biblio | Scoop.it

Publishers Weekly editors choose the best books titles and authors of 2011 including fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, fantasy and children's.

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Libraries as Works of Art

Libraries as Works of Art | Biblio | Scoop.it

Well before you toss that old, dingy public library card, take a gander at these beautiful works of art. It’s been said that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but we’d have to agree that you can definitely judge a library by its façade.

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Chris Stevens on Alice for the iPad, Book Apps, and Toronto: a Q & A

Chris Stevens on Alice for the iPad, Book Apps, and Toronto: a Q & A | Biblio | Scoop.it

Released in the spring of 2010, Alice for the iPad became a huge, Oprah-featured hit that is credited with convincing reading publics of how book apps could be even more fun and engaging than paper books.

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Man Who Predicted eBooks Dies at 86

Man Who Predicted eBooks Dies at 86 | Biblio | Scoop.it

Jerome Rubin, a physicist and attorney who predicted and helped popularize eBooks, died on January 9th at New York-Presbyterian/Weil Cornell Medical Center of a stroke. He was 86 years old.

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Apple to announce tools, platform to 'digitally destroy' textbook publishing

Apple to announce tools, platform to 'digitally destroy' textbook publishing | Biblio | Scoop.it

This coming Thursday, Apple will announce tools and platforms to expand digital publishing to the masses and help transform the textbook industry.

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You Can't Read This Book: why libel tourists love London

You Can't Read This Book: why libel tourists love London | Biblio | Scoop.it

In You Can't Read This Book, Observer columnist Nick Cohen presents a damning indictment how of the English legal system helps the wealthy and powerful suppress inconvenient truths.

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Christie’s Auctions Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’: Priciest Book Ever?

Christie’s Auctions Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’: Priciest Book Ever? | Biblio | Scoop.it

Josh Dzieza on why the masterpiece of ornithological art is considered a breakthrough—and how it might fetch more than $10 million.

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