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Apple patents the virtual page turn

Apple is now the proud owner of the page turn.
In a patent approved this week by the United States Patent Office Apple was awarded a design patent for

"Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface."

Full article at CNN.com

Hey, Tim Ferriss: Book banning isn't a marketing gimmick

Barnes & Noble won’t carry Amazon titles in its stores. But that doesn’t make Amazon author Tim Ferriss’s upcoming Four-Hour Chef “the most banned book in U.S. history.”

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National Book Awards are becoming more relevant

If the National Book Awards are meant to be evolving into something like Britain’s much more popular and influential Booker Prize, then this year’s awards, and last night’s ceremony, are steps in the right direction. Here’s a list of the winners:

Nonfiction: “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo
Fiction: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich
Young People’s Literature: “Goblin Secrets” by William Alexander
Poetry: “Bewilderment” by David Ferry

Erdrich, Boo win National Book Awards

Louise Erdrich's The Round House, a novel about a woman who is raped and left traumatized on an Indian reservation in North Dakota, won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday.

Erdrich, who gave part of her acceptance speech in Ojibwe, said the award "recognized the grace and endurance of native women." USA TODAY's four-star review called it "deeply moving" and "impossible to forget."

10 best books of 2012, according to Amazon's editors

From a crime committed against a native American woman to a scheme to sell software to the king of Saudi Arabia, Amazon's list of the 10 best books of 2012 is a diverse collection. Here are the 10 titles.

I’m a dude who read all the ‘Twilight’ books; Here’s why I hate it and why I get it

Why Twilight Sucks:
1) It’s incredibly sexist … toward men
2) Edward is a creepy stalker
3) Bella is the worst kind of “Mary Sue”
4) It led to 50 Shades of Grey
5) People have been tricked into thinking it’s good writing

Reading 'Dune,' My Junior-High Survival Guide

Author Leigh Bardugo says that when she was 12, Dune wasn't just an escape — it changed her world.

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Jessica Pressman on Electronic Literature

The literature and reading scholar tells us about the profound effect that the rise of electronic literature has had on authors, the publishing industry and the nature of the book.

Five Books Interview at The Browser

Amazon finds its books ain’t welcome at many bookstores

Earlier this year the two companies signed a licensing agreement whereby Amazon Publishing acquires, edits, markets and publicizes books that are then distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s sales force, according to Alexandra Woodworth, a publicist for Amazon/New Harvest. The partnership was an effort to woo bookstores into stocking Amazon-published books. But many booksellers are balking.

“Amazon has not been a very cooperative fellow bookseller in any fashion,” LaFramboise said. “They pretty much want nothing more than our demise.”

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