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Book_lover

2016 Book Club Calendar

Looking for some good book suggestions? Who isn’t? I’m always looking for interesting ideas, and Algonquin Books has some great recommendations. Check out their 2016 Book Club Calendar, filled with “new titles, old favorites — and recent books you might have missed. Topical, timely and timeless, these books will give you plenty to talk about.” And what more could you… Read more

Book_lover

Is your dictionary sexist?

I found this article really interesting: Why People are Calling the Oxford Dictionary Sexist – And Why It Matters That last bit is really important. Reinforcing stereotype of “a nagging wife” doesn’t merely reflect use, it actively reproduces sexism. @OxfordWords pic.twitter.com/O5NLIPecCQ — Michael Oman-Reagan (@OmanReagan) January 23, 2016 That’s the key here: people look to the dictionary for definition and… Read more

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A Book Lover’s Holiday

  Ever dream of retiring and running a bookstore? Apparently, a lot of people do and there’s a bookshop in Scotland that will let you try the dream on for size. There’s a great article in The Independent. The Open Book shop in  Scotland’s “national book town” of Wigtown has been listed on room-letting website AirBnB offering wordy holidaymakers the chance… Read more

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The Hugo Awards and their aftermath

If you haven’t been following the controversy swirling around this year’s Hugo Awards, there’s a great article over at Wired that explains it all. Definitely recommended reading. I don’t read as much science fiction as I used to, sadly, but I still use the Hugo Awards to guide some of my choices. I don’t want to see them hijacked for… Read more

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Utterly ridiculous: Germany says you can only buy adult eBooks after 10 pm

What? Do they restrict the sales of them in brick-and-mortar stores to late-night hours? This strikes me as really, really silly. Adult eBooks can only be sold after 10 pm, Germany rules The 10pm to 6am window was originally instituted in a 2002 law — Jugendmedienschutz-Staatsvertrag, or Youth Media Protection Act —  that was intended to restrict adult cinemas from… Read more