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Amazon’s AbeBooks Backs Down After Booksellers Stage Global Protest

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An “extraordinary and unprecedented” international protest from antiquarian booksellers has forced the Amazon-owned secondhand marketplace AbeBooks to backtrack on its decision to pull out of several countries. From a file: AbeBooks had instructed bookshops in international locations together with Hungary, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Russia that it might …

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Tiny Books Fit in One Hand. Will They Change the Way We Read?

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Several readers have shared a record about publishing trade’s new gamble to pressure other people to shop for bodily copies of books: making the books a lot tinier. From the record: As a bodily object and a feat of generation, the published guide is difficult to toughen upon. Apart from …

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Stephen Hawking Warns That AI and ‘Superhumans’ Could Wipe Humanity; Says There’s No God in Posthumous Book

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Stephen Hawking says synthetic intelligence will sooner or later change into so complex it’ll “outperform humans.” The renowned physicist who died in March warns of both rises in advanced artificial intelligence and genetically-enhanced “superhumans” in a book published Tuesday. Hawking additionally weighed in on god, and extraterrestrial beings. From a …

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150 San Franciscans Explain How Tech Money Changed Their City

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DevNull127 writes: In a exceptional odyssey, documentary-maker Cary McClelland interviewed more than 150 San Francisco residents — together with a tattoo artist, a longshoreman, a project capitalist, and a pawnshop proprietor — to seize the actual voices of a converting town, in one of those oral history of the present. …

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Slashdot Asks: What Book(s) Are You Reading This Month?

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We have no longer run e-book suggestions and e-book dialogue posts for a while. So right here it is going: What’s a e-book — or books — are you studying this month? Additionally, what is a e-book you completed not too long ago that you simply discovered insightful, or humorous, …

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How Do Things Stick To Us in a Culture Where Information and Ideas Are Up So Quickly That We Have No Time To Assess One Before Another Takes Its Place?

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David L. Ulin, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the California Book Award, stocks an excerpt from his e-book “The Lost Art of Reading”, to The Paris Review: This is the conundrum, the gorilla in the midst of any dialog about literature in fresh tradition, the question of dilution …

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Read Two Of This Year’s 2018 Hugh Award Winners Online

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AmiMoJo quotes the Verge: The 2018 Hugo Awards had been held Sunday evening on the World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California. The Hugo award, voted on through individuals of the fan group, is thought of as the best possible honour for science fiction and fable literature… N.Ok. Jemisin …

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Ancient Public Library Discovered In Germany

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Archaeologists have discovered the remains of the oldest public library in Cologne, Germany, “a building erected almost two millennia ago that may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls,” experiences The Guardian. From the file: The partitions had been first exposed in 2017, all the way through an excavation at the …

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‘No, Amazon Cannot Replace Libraries’

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Over the weekend, Forbes revealed an editorial titled “Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money,” by which the writer Panos Mourdoukoutas argued that libraries are now not necessary to the neighborhood as the results of selection “third places” like Starbucks, and “no shortage of places to hold community …

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Comic Book Publishers, Faced With Flagging Sales, Look To Streaming

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Comic guide publishers are going through a rising disaster: Flagging passion from readers and pageant from virtual leisure are dragging down gross sales. Hoping to opposite the fashion, publishers are creating their own digital platforms to directly connect with readers and encourage more engagement from fans. From a document: One …

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