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Amazon launched the Kindle Fire this week; a slightly smaller, cheaper and less-cool version of the iPad, amidst fears and conspiracy-theories that they were trying to take over the world.
http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/27/technology/amazon_publishing/

This week was ‘Banned Book Week’ and the Twitterscape has been full of discussion about censorship and about favourite banned or challenged books.
http://www.banned-books.org.uk/

The 2011 BBC Short Story Award was won by DW Wilson who, at 26, is the youngest writer to have won it. There has been much talk of his age - perhaps the BBC should put that large cash prize in trust for him until he is older and more responsible.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15063364

Next week is Children’s Book Week. Perhaps this means that for one week at least adults can read children’s books on the train without shame, or without a Kindle. The Independent has some thoughts on why adults do read children’s books:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/why-do-adults-read-childrens-books-blame-modern-life-2359349.html

Lastly, for those of you who doubted the literary value of ‘The Simpsons’ in contemporary culture:
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/09/a-visual-history-of-literary-references-on-the-simpsons/245479/#slide1
My favourite quote - "It’s Tom Wolfe! He’s used more exclamation points than any other major American writer."


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