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How does copyright work in space?

CHRIS HADFIELD has captured the world's heart, judging by the 14m YouTube views of his free-fall rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity", recorded …

Data Is Not Killing Creativity, It’s Just Changing How We Tell Stories

I keep seeing this topic push up about how data is affecting creativity. Some say we are losing our sense of narration and storytelling. It’s not this at all. We are just experiencing a shift that other civilizations have faced when the traditional means for storytelling transform to give a sense …

Mining Books To Map Emotions Through A Century

Were people happier in the 1950s than they are today? Or were they more frustrated, repressed and sad?<p>To find out, you'd have to compare the emotions of one generation to another. British anthropologists think they may have found the answer — embedded in literature.<p>Several years ago, more or less …

Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, review

Ed Cumming reviews the first episode in the third series of George RR Martin's sweeping fantasy drama Game of Thrones.<p>The usual line about HBO’s <b>Game of Thrones</b>, which returned for its third <b>series</b> last night, is what a surprise its success has been. Aside from The Lord of the Rings, the thinking …

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10 Great Contemporary Campus Novels: Proof the Genre Is Still Kicking

This week, we read an article over at the <i>Guardian</i> calling for the “retirement” of the campus novel, citing its apparent rite-of-passage status and …

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How Rakuten, the Amazon.com of Japan, plans to make a name for itself in the US

You might not have heard of Rakuten, but with multi-billion dollar revenues the company is the largest e-commerce site in Japan — and it's been expanding with the purchase of Buy.com in 2010 and Kobo in 2011. (It also led a funding round for Pinterest last year.) Those moves are part of the …

A Facebook phone: Is this the final brick in the social network’s walled garden?

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Looks like it’s that time of year again — the time when rumors of a “Facebook phone” pop up like tulips after a spring …

How the British Library is breathing life into old books

There are huge challenges in rethinking the roles of an institution such as the British Library, but also many opportunities. The digital age is full …

A Brief History of Book Vending Machines

There are lots of reasons why a white elephant technology doesn't catch on. Sometimes the technology is ahead of its time. In other cases, no amount of time can make a misguided technology useful or attractive.<p>Then there's vending machines that sell books.<p>The first book-dispensing vending machine …

George R.R. Martin's Inspiration For 'A Game Of Thrones'

<i>George R.R. Martin's fantasy books, including A Game Of Thrones, have many inspirations. One of the most prominent, The Iron King by Maurice Druon, was first published in French in 1955, the first in a series called The Accursed Kings. A new edition has just been published by Harper, featuring an</i> …

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Amazon Buys Goodreads: What Does It Mean for Authors and Readers?

In an age where authors increasingly own the connection to readers, does it matter that Amazon bought Goodreads? What exactly will change in the day to day life of writers and readers? Well, nothing.<p>Amazon is about discoverability, and the ecommerce system tied to it. Buying Goodreads gives Amazon …

How Much? Amazon Bought Goodreads For $150 Million, According To Reports

Once the initial shock had passed, people were asking: exactly how much did Amazon pay for Goodreads?<p>Neither party was talking, but Forbes columnist Jeff Bercovici estimated "the low eight digits" soon after the news broke.<p>Close to $1 billion, calculated Bloomberg Businessweek.<p>All Things D's Kara …

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