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It ain’t necessarily so

It ain’t necessarily so | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
PARISIANS are in a tizz about capitalism. New Yorkers get stressed about sex. In Seoul and San Antonio, Texas, 11,000km apart, citizens fret about the relationship...
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10 Experimental Novels That Are Worth the Effort

10 Experimental Novels That Are Worth the Effort | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Today marks the US publication of Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, a highly experimental, Joycean novel that, despite the fact that modern readers often eschew difficulty, has been h...


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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?


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INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Ever wondered how long it takes to read The Great Gatsby (2.62 hours) compared to Atlas Shrugged (31.22 hours)? If so, you'll like this infographic by Personal Creations. It's similar to an infogra...
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Man Booker prize 2014: get to know the shortlist – in pictures

Man Booker prize 2014: get to know the shortlist – in pictures | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Meet the six authors in contention ahead of the final verdict on 14 October
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Eleanor Catton nominated for 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize

Eleanor Catton nominated for 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The International Dylan Thomas Prize is the world's biggest literary award for young writers
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Shortlist:

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Kseniya Melnik, Snow in May

Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion

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London's book benches – readers' photos

London's book benches – readers' photos | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Visitors to London this summer have had an extra attraction to seek out – book-shaped benches scattered across the capital. Not only are they are a beautiful tribute to some of the best London-themed literature, but they are raising money for a great cause. Here is a selection of the photos you shared with us.
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Aren't these magical?

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23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now

23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In a fair world, these critically acclaimed authors would be rocking the bestseller list. If you haven't discovered them yet, our Books Editor has set you up for some incredibly memorable reads.
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I'm confessing ignorance for all but Stuart Dybeck.  Time to explore.

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The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf

The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Phyllis Rose, who tackled the entire contents of one shelf in a New York library, tells Rachel Cooke what the 'extreme reading' experiment taught her
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New fiction from the big names

New fiction from the big names | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Autumn is always the busiest time in the publishing calendar – this year more than ever, with new books from many of the best-known authors
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Vogue's Favorite Novelists Tell Us What They're Reading

Vogue's Favorite Novelists Tell Us What They're Reading | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Here, five of Vogue’s favorite novelists give us a glimpse of their selections for the weeks leading up to Labor Day (may it never come!).
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Children’s books: Stories for summer from balaclavas and kings to Nazis and teen troubles

Children’s books: Stories for summer from balaclavas and kings to  Nazis and teen troubles | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
In this selection of books for young people you will find stories that make you laugh and cry, that bring the past to life and illuminate the present
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Kindle Unlimited: it's the end of losing yourself in a good book

Kindle Unlimited: it's the end of losing yourself in a good book | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Amazon's leaked 'Netflix for books' plan will alarm publishers – and doom old-fashioned anonymous reading, writes John Naughton.


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I think this is an unnecessarily pessimistic view of Kindle's new service.  Many readers are already enjoying books via other subscription services - Scribd and Oyster.  It's a way of discovering authors and trying out different genres.

 

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Erskine Caldwell's greasy hairball of a novel.

Erskine Caldwell's greasy hairball of a novel. | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road, published in 1932, is a greasy hairball of a novel—one of the sickest and most lurid books to have emerged from the literature of the American South. It's about as nutritious as a plate of pork cracklings. You're going to feel a little ill when you...
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Almost all the books people say influenced them were written for children

Almost all the books people say influenced them were written for children | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Facebook's data scientists crunched the numbers on a meme you've probably seen going around.


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The American novels that should have won the Booker prize

Britain’s top literary award includes American titles for the first time this year. We asked top writers and critics which novels should have won had US authors been eligible throughout the prize’s history
Sharon Bakar's insight:

The comments are very interesting. This is the first year American novels have been entered for the Booker Prize. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News should definitely have won a (hypothetical) Booker, as should Cormac McCarthy (but for which novel? Everyone seems to rate Blood Meridian highest -  haven't read it yet.  But love The road, no Country for Old Men and All The Pretty Horses). There are just so many great American novels and this piece provides us with a very nice reading list.

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 shortlist is revealed

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 shortlist is revealed | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
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Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith are today, Tuesday 9 September, announced as the shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. - See more at: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/man-booker-prize-fiction-2014-shortlist-revealed#sthash.aBHPvlMp.dpuf
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BBC - Radio 4 to make first ever dramatisation of Good Omens

BBC - Radio 4 to make first ever dramatisation of Good Omens | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
It’s the end of the world - just not quite how we might be expecting it - but then this is Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s version of Armageddon.
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46 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read In A Day

46 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read In A Day | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Great reads under 200 pages. Mostly.
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The politics of fiction

The politics of fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.
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Kindle e-readers make it 'significantly harder' to absorb the plot of a book, scientists claim

Kindle e-readers make it 'significantly harder' to absorb the plot of a book, scientists claim | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Bookworms who believe nothing can compare to getting stuck into a paperback novel now have evidence to back their hunch, as researchers have claimed that Kindle devices make it “significantly harder” for a reader to absorb plotlines. 
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Enjoy what I read on Kindle just as much and maybe more than print books, maybe because I do not have to squint at tiny print.  Every reader should find what suits THEM best.

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Enjoy what I read on Kindle just as much and maybe more - maybe because I'm not distracted by trying to squint at tiny print.  Every reader should find what suites THEM best.

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Salman Rushdie on Kazuo Ishiguro: His legendary novel The Remains of the Day resurges

Salman Rushdie on Kazuo Ishiguro: His legendary novel The Remains of the Day resurges | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The novel has, shockingly, gone out of print. But this month, it reappears in a new paperback edition. To mark the occasion, Salman Rushdie celebrates the resurgence of a classic
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Guardian first book award 2014 longlist spans Super Furry Animals and science

Guardian first book award 2014 longlist spans Super Furry Animals and science | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Gruff Rhys's odyssey and a neurosurgeon's study of brain surgery are among 11 'compelling, illuminating' debuts in contention
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Readers' choice
Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan (CB editions)

Fiction
Young Skins by Colin Barrett (Jonathan Cape)
In the Light of What we Know by Zia Haider Rahman (Picador)
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Sceptre)
After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry (Serpent's Tail)
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas (4th Estate)

Non-fiction
Iceberg by Marion Coutts (Atlantic)
Bricks and Mortals by Tom Wilkinson (Bloomsbury)
Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos (Bodley Head)
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
American Interior by Gruff Rhys (Hamish Hamilton)

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The Real Jane Austen: A Charming Documentary (YouTube)

Who was the real Jane Austen?


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Haven't had a chance to watch this, but I'm always interested in anything related to #Jane #austen

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Ranking Cormac McCarthy's Greatest Books

Ranking Cormac McCarthy's Greatest Books | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Trailing Philip Roth by a few months and Toni Morrison by two years, Cormac McCarthy (who turns 81 this weekend) is one of America's greatest and most decorated writers. His cultural stock has rise...


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Excellent list for an excellent author - one of my favourites.

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David Mitchell: a storyteller of infinite richness

David Mitchell: a storyteller of infinite richness | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Profile: For the Cloud Atlas novelist, famed for playing with form, writing a short story on Twitter is just his latest challenge. But this is only the prelude to the big event, his eagerly awaited new novel
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