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The Future of Context: Mobile Reading from Google to Flipboard to FLUD

The Future of Context: Mobile Reading from Google to Flipboard to FLUD | Biblio | Scoop.it

Reading is changing. And arguably, even more than e-readers, tablets, or “readers’ tablets,” smartphones are changing it.

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To pulp or to praise him? Divided views on Robert Hughes in Rome

To pulp or to praise him? Divided views on Robert Hughes in Rome | Biblio | Scoop.it

The art critic and historian, Simon Schama, writes enthusiastically for our friends at The Daily Beast about Robert Hughes' Rome, a book that, without being itself reviewed in the TLS, has caused a certain amount of discussion here this year.

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Transmedia: A New World of Opportunity for Authors and Publishers

Transmedia: A New World of Opportunity for Authors and Publishers | Biblio | Scoop.it

Spain's Javier Celaya outlines a strategy for publishers and authors to approach the opportunities afforded by the emerging transmedia marketplace.

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'I was interviewed for Cambridge… by Kingsley Amis'

'I was interviewed for Cambridge… by Kingsley Amis' | Biblio | Scoop.it

It's Oxbridge interview season. Fielding recalls the day he was mowed down by the wuthering scorn of the world's greatest satirist.

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Worth a new Mass?

Worth a new Mass? | Biblio | Scoop.it

How should seminal texts from the remote past be translated or otherwise recast in a contemporary idiom? When it comes to liturgy, the matter is of much more than academic interest.

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'Public Enemies', by Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Lévy

'Public Enemies', by Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Lévy | Biblio | Scoop.it

An exchange of letters between novelist Michel Houellebecq and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy makes for an entertaining – and very French – exercise in mutual self-loathing.

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The worst sex writing of the year?

The worst sex writing of the year? | Biblio | Scoop.it

What’s more cringe-worthy: Haruki Murakami’s comparison of 'a freshly made ear' to 'a freshly made vagina' or the scene from 'Ed King,' David Guterson’s modern retelling of the Oedipus myth, in which the title character ends 12 hours of marathon lovemaking with his mother with one last quickie in the shower?

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What is the ‘New’ Publisher?

What is the ‘New’ Publisher? | Biblio | Scoop.it

The 'new publisher' is a creative intermediary between the author and reader, and not merely a gatekeeper.

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The Symbolism Survey

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In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction.

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Cory Doctorow: Copyrights vs. Human Rights

Cory Doctorow: Copyrights vs. Human Rights | Biblio | Scoop.it

December 10 is Human Rights Day, as designated by the U.N. General Assembly and observed all over the world. In honor of the occasion, I want to address the human rights implications associated with something central to all of us in the publishing industry: copyright policy.

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Jane Austen biographer discovers 'lost portrait'

Jane Austen biographer discovers 'lost portrait' | Biblio | Scoop.it

Biographer Dr Paula Byrne is convinced that 'imaginary portrait' was actually drawn from life.

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‘Parallel Stories,’ a Novel by Peter Nadas

‘Parallel Stories,’ a Novel by Peter Nadas | Biblio | Scoop.it

'Parallel Stories,' by the Hungarian novelist Peter Nadas, explores the lives of numerous characters as their experiences unfold during the tumultuous history of 20th-century Europe.

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'The Curious Sofa': A Pornographic 1961 Horror Story by Edward Gorey

'The Curious Sofa': A Pornographic 1961 Horror Story by Edward Gorey | Biblio | Scoop.it

Though none of it is overtly sexual, plenty of innuendo and carefully placed tree branches ensure your imagination stays on the frisky side.

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Foyle family selling leasehold to Charing Cross Road

Foyle family selling leasehold to Charing Cross Road | Biblio | Scoop.it

The Foyle family investment vehicle Noved Investment Holdings is selling the leasehold to the building where Foyles flagship Charing Cross Road store is currently located, along with nine other properties on the street, for an estimated £62.5 million.

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Renting out the library

Renting out the library | Biblio | Scoop.it

For librarians to endorse a sometimes awkward debate around business models, we must recognize that our organizations are in a difficult space in persuading publishers to continue providing ebooks for lending.

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What's your perfect pub?

What's your perfect pub? | Biblio | Scoop.it

The Search for the Perfect Pub is a new book that pays tribute to George Orwell's essay about an ideal drinking hole.

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Science Fiction, Gothic & Horror Novel Flowcharts

Science Fiction, Gothic & Horror Novel Flowcharts | Biblio | Scoop.it

Looking a good science fiction, gothic or horror book to read? Try a flowchart!

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Can writers afford to worry about prize sponsors?

Can writers afford to worry about prize sponsors? | Biblio | Scoop.it

Alice Oswald's withdrawal from the TS Eliot prize has alarming implications for ethically-minded peers.

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Scholar continues to find flawed metadata in Google Books

Scholar continues to find flawed metadata in Google Books | Biblio | Scoop.it

Two years ago, Google Books was becoming the world’s largest digital library and, with an effective monopoly, seemed 'almost certain to be the last one.' The tragedy for scholars was that Google Books' metadata – which allow users to search the catalog – were 'a mishmash wrapped in a muddle wrapped in a mess.'

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What's On Your Cult Film List?

What's On Your Cult Film  List? | Biblio | Scoop.it

The authors of the upcoming book 100 Cult Films have put together their list of top cult films, but we think 100 movies aren't enough. Is your cult film favorite missing?

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Tariq Paskel's curator insight, December 9, 2013 8:49 AM

Felt like this article speaks for itself. So I would be on my top 100 others I would replace. The fact of the matter is Cult Films hold a place in many of our hearts and when ever you see one of your favorite films on this list it just makes you want to watch it all over again.

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Fahrenheit 451 becomes e-book despite author's feelings

Fahrenheit 451 becomes e-book despite author's feelings | Biblio | Scoop.it

The science fiction novel, in which firemen burn books, is published as an e-book despite its author's dislike of the format.

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Victorian Humor At Its Silliest, Cheesiest Best

Victorian Humor At Its Silliest, Cheesiest Best | Biblio | Scoop.it

Can the mishaps of three seriously misguided Victorian gentlemen still provoke laughter? More than 120 years after its first edition, author Julia Stuart says Jerome K. Jerome's classic caper, Three Men in a Boat, is still a delightful read.

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Booksellers, Multinationals Battle Over Spain’s E-book Buyers

Booksellers, Multinationals Battle Over Spain’s E-book Buyers | Biblio | Scoop.it

Spain's biggest bookseller Casa del Libro, France's Fnac, America's Amazon, and several smaller competitors have turned Spain into an e-book battleground.

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How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive - O'Reilly Radar

How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive - O'Reilly Radar | Biblio | Scoop.it

Learn how Omnivore Books, a cookbook store in San Francisco, uses Twitter to solidify relationships with customers and break through the publisher blockade.

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The New Library: Ebook Checkouts Up 200%

The New Library: Ebook Checkouts Up 200% | Biblio | Scoop.it

With the rise of digital books on the Kindle and the iPad, how is your local paper-based library keeping up? By fighting fire with fire.

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