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How your new Kindle or Nook will change your life

Small rectangular box under the tree? Here's what you can look forward to if you get an e-reader for Christmas:<p>■ You will download dozens of free classics that you will never read. That copy of <i>War and Peace</i> you started so enthusiastically on Boxing Day is destined to remain 2% completed.<p>■ After a …

15 Books That Will Help Get You Out Of Your Reading Slump

For lit lovers, the dark times endured between great books can be a drag. What are you supposed to do with your free time, or while waiting for a friend who's running late to meet you for dinner? Cell phone games and magazines are cold comforts. If you're experiencing a literature-less lull, don't …

Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

Everybody knows Rudolph was the last reindeer to join Santa's crew, but few people know about the department store copywriter who brought his story to the world.<p>The year was 1939, the Great Depression was waning and a manager at Montgomery Ward in Chicago decided that the store should create its …

8 Things You Didn't Know About 'Mary Poppins'

P.L. Travers, the Australian author of <i>Mary Poppins</i>, was as mysterious and elusive as her creation -- the nanny who flew into the Banks' family household with her parrot-headed umbrella, a carpetbag and no nonsense method of magically making order out of chaos.<p>Not long before Travers died, I wrote …

PR<p>Susie Steiner's debut novel, Homecoming, made the list twice<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/12/17/1387295929340/Susie-Steiner-008.jpg<p>460<p>Murdo Macleod/Guardian<p>AL Kennedy's On Writing was called 'mandatory reading' by one reader. Photograph: Murdo Macleod …

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2013

This was a banner year for science fiction and fantasy books — and choosing the year's best titles was harder than usual. From time-slashing serial …

11 Hit Songs Originally Intended for Other Artists

In the music world, songs get passed around like a hot potato. Demo songs are sent to one artist, turned down, and recorded by another. Tracks bend …

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14 Movies We Can't Wait to See in 2014

Superheroes, hyper-intelligent apes and something new from Christopher Nolan. 2014 looks like a banner year for sci-fi and geek flicks. This guide will help you adjust your calendar.<p>Superheroes, hyper-intelligent apes and something new from Christopher Nolan. 2014 looks like a banner year for …

The Faces Behind 31 Disney Villains

Ever wonder if the actors who voice the villains are just as mean-looking as their on-screen counterparts? Wonder no more. For the most part, the …

The 40 Most Viral YouTube Videos of 2013

This year saw an epic catalogue of YouTube hits. From twerking to shaking to cute kids, 2013 had hundreds of viral trends to remember— some with …

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Antagonist Poses on Empire Cover – /Film

The trailer for <b>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</b> showed off brief flashes of the second character in the film’s title, and we’ve seen some concept …

Marvel Universe