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Posted, Wdnesday 29th June 2016, 11h40

Here are the books and movies people tried to get removed from Toronto’s public libraries last year
Every year, Toronto Public Library releases a report on the books and movies users lodged official complaints against during the previous year. Some of the complaints are legit. In 2012, for instance, a user’s objection led the library to get rid of a poorly made educational video about date rape prevention. Other complaints are harder to take seriously: in 2013, someone (maybe jokingly) asked the library to ban the Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop, because it “encourages children to use violence against their fathers.”

This time around, as usual, the complaints are a mix of reasonable concerns and baseless attempts to censor widely praised works of art. Here are the six books and movies people complained about in 2015:

 


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Posted, Tuesday 9th Feb 2016, 16h33
Google opens an online store for 'books that can't be printed

Editions at Play publishes titles designed for your smartphone



"Welcome to our bookstore," reads the blurb for Google's new Editions at Play initiative. "We sell books that cannot be printed."
It's a simple manifesto that marks an interesting foray into the digital arts for Google. Editions at Play is all about exploring the idea of "digital books" — not just ebooks, but books that simply can't exist on static, printed paper. The project launched last week with a pair of new titles: Entrances & Exits by Reif Larsen, and The Truth About Cats & Dogs by Sam Riviere and Joe Dunthorne. The first is essentially a point-and-click adventure game in Google Street View, while the second is a "failed collaboration" consisting of Riviere's and Dunthorne's diaries which readers can switch back and forth between.


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Posted, Sunday, 18h October 2015, 22h06
Google wins appeal court ruling over digitizing books

Digitization project 'fair use of the books' content and overall enhances public knowledge'

By Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted: Oct 16, 2015 12:27 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 16, 2015 12:27 PM ET
Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing books for a massive online library, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decade long dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their books. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing books for a massive online library, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decade long dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their books.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a judge who concluded that the snippets Google showed customers from its database did not violate copyright laws. Click Here to Read Full Article.


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Posted, Sunday, 9th August 2015, 16h02

Toronto library to roll out book-lending machine at Union Station
RHEAL DOUCETTE, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY
When Ottawa’s library system installed its first two book-vending kiosks in 2010, they were touted as Canada's first. 

"The Toronto Public Library hopes to roll out a book-lending 
machine at Union Station by the end of the year. If it’s
 successful, more could be on their way."


This looks like a good idea. I would love to have
 this in any transit station, across Canada, or just on the side of the street. 

To read full story ► Click Here

What do you think? Tell me in the comments.




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Posted, Friday, 5th June 2015, 11h40
1,900 youngsters earn membership in Paterson’s 50 Book Club
This is pretty awesome!
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Posted, Monday, 2nd June 2015, 17h12
Jimmy Fallon Reviews Hilarious Books You Won't Believe Actually Exist


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Posted, Monday, 4th May 2015, 08h40
Ruth Rendell, crime novelist and politician, 1930-2015
By: Barry Forshaw
Ruth Rendell With the death of Ruth Rendell at the age of 85, five months after her friend and fellow writer PD James, each of the women who in collegiate fashion shared the title of Britain’s queen of crime fiction is now gone. But of the two, both members of the House of Lords, Rendell was the edgier, more astringent novelist, more prepared to take the reader into truly Stygian territory.

The era when women writers furnished unchallenging Home Counties mysteries, while male writers handled the more violent, disturbing fare, is fading. These days, female crime novelists leap in to examine the darkest recesses of the human psyche. The progenitor of this sea change in the UK was Rendell, who incorporated layers of psychological realism into her crime fiction.

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Posted, Thursday, 30th April 2015, 10h35
Obama to announce free e-books for low-income kids
ebooks By Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will go to a public library in one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods on Thursday to talk about a plan to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books.

Working with publishers and libraries, the White House sees the modest plan as part of a strategy to address inner city problems by increasing educational opportunities for kids - woes brought into focus with recent riots in nearby Baltimore.

"If we're serious about living up to what our country is about, then we have to consider what we can do to provide opportunities in every community, not just when they're on the front page, but every day," said Jeff Zients, Obama's top economic adviser, in a briefing with reporters.
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Posted, Friday, 14th April 2015, 10h17
The 10 most challenged books in the U.S. last year

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Posted, Friday, 10th April 2015, 11h31
The top two best-selling books on Amazon right now are colouring books for adults. Seriously!
Adult Colouring Book Oh My, my, my.. I'm actually not that surprised by this "news". I've been hearing around for a while now that these, Adult Colouring Books are becoming a thing, the thing, and why not? It's soothing, and fun. Who the hell cares? If I want to colour, I will colour. Just because I’m adult doesn’t mean I should have to give up everything that made me happy, or clam, as a child. If so, I would I have giving up on anime and mange a long time ago. I say, whatever makes you happy, fuck everyone else that tries to put you down for that. It's their issue not yours.
Tell me this isn't great!
If you want to read this Breaking News please click on the link below.
Tell me what you think in the comments, colour or no colour. Personally, I choose colour.

Cheers.


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Posted, Friday, 3rd April 2015, 14h25
BBC chooses best children's books of all time - do you agree?
To mark International Children’s Books Day, the BBC has published a list of the 11 best children’s books of all time, as voted for by a panel of critics. Did your favourite make the grade?

Charlotte’s Web - best children’s book of all time? Photograph: PR
Yesterday, to celebrate International Children’s Books Day, the BBC Culture team unveiled its poll for what critics say are the 11 best children’s books of all time!

The books were chosen by a panel of adult experts - but there has been some controversy. Not a single book on the list was published after 1968, so the list misses out on Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and the David Walliams books, to name just three.




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Posted, Friday, 30th March 2015, 13h12
Are We Going To Far?


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Comic books and Censorship


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Posted, Friday, 27th Feb. 2015, 14h58
Oh how we book nerds struggle so.Click below to see our every day truths.☺


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Posted, Wednesday, 25th Feb. 2015, 14h28
The Lighting Thief is a, Musical?




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How to get free Kindle books, free 1 day Amazon delivery and unlimited access to over 1,500 movies


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Groovebook Turns Your Smartphone Photos Into Printed Books


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David Cooper by Daniel Cooper|@danielwcooper| 5 hours ago

kindle ripper
One of iTunes' earliest slogans was "Rip, Mix, Burn," encouraging us to digitize our CD collections and recording custom playlists that were about as third as romantic as a mixtape. At some point, you've probably wished that you could do the same for your book collection, probably because you forgot how much effort it would take to scan in every page yourself. Despite this, Amazon is launching Kindle Convert, a way for you to rip books from their pages and bring them to your Kindle.

Once you've paid and installed the software, you'll be asked to begin scanning the book you want to preserve. According to the company, Kindle Convert will save handwritten amendments, autographs and images, although the system works best with books that are mostly text with no images or fancy layouts. Once uploaded, should the title be one in Amazon's content library already, you'll be given the option of buying an already formatted version rather than creating your own.

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Posted, Thrusday 29th January 2015, 8h23
Battle of the books turns into war of the words among authors
When Everything Fells like a movie
The annual Canada Reads competition is often referred to as a battle of the books, but a real life war of words has broken out among writers because of this year’s contest.

The contenders for the 2015 Canada Reads prize include the young adult book When Everything Feels Like the Movies, by Vancouver writer Raziel Reid. Reid describes the book as “a coming of age story about a boy named Jude who is too famous for his small town. He survives his hardships by imagining he’s a celebrity. His bullies are his paparazzi. Jude’s a superficial bitch kid of Instagram. You’ll love to hate him.”

The novel won the Governor-General’s award for English language children’s literature in 2014.

The book’s inclusion in Canada Reads has caused a backlash that was kicked off by National Post columnist Barbara Kay. In a column called “Wasted tax dollars on a values-void novel,” Kay declared that the book was an inappropriate choice for the Governor-General’s award, given the protagonist’s “sexual yearnings, masturbating, fantasizing (disturbingly, including sex with his father) and voyeurism.”

Kay argued that the Governor-General’s judges ..........

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Posted, Wednesday 28th January 2015, 13h52
Mr. Men and Little Miss books coming to big screen


Let's get ready to meet Mr. Hollywood and Little Miss Movie Star.

Fox Animation has attained the movie rights to produce a film featuring English children's author Roger Hargreaves' iconic Mr. Men and Little Miss characters.

The studio, which has scored major hits with kid-friendly animated hits like the Ice Age and Rio films, has tapped Shawn Levy, best known for his work directing the Night at the Museum franchise, to produce the new movie

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Don't Forget Your Day Planner: 8 Things Only People In Book Clubs Know
by Kate Erbland
@katerbland




Do you feel as passionately about your book club as I feel about mine? It’s always a highlight of my month (and, yes, I am just as passionate about sticking to a schedule and never bumping book club in favor for another event, no matter what), and I may get just a little nerdy when I talk about it. If you’re a member of your very own book club, you definitely understand how much fun it’s possible to have while talking about the latest in best-sellers and page-turners amongst your equally-as-literarily-minded pals.

But that’s not the only thing all book clubbers know, because life in a book club has all of its own tricks and tips, just like any other membership-based group............

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Posted, Tuesday 27th January 2015, 9h51
Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them

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“Read this one in a weekend! Lovely first novel”, said secretwishfish. Photograph: secretwishfish/GuardianWitness



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Posted Monday 26th January 2015, 10h21
Wolf Hall: a challenging book should also be challenging TV
Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall
The BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels has been criticised by some for its tricky plot. But what’s wrong with treating viewers like grownups?

• Clik here to Read John Sutherland’s episode one recap



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Critics of 'vulgar' book for young adults want Governor General's award rescinded


PAULA MCCOOEY More from Paula McCooey
Published on: January 24, 2015Last Updated: January 24, 2015 11:13 AM EST
“Story”
A Kanata children’s author has joined a protest over the awarding of a Governor General’s Literary Award to what critics are calling a “vulgar” and “gratuitous” book for young adults about gender identity issues in high school.

Kathy Clark says she is among 1,500 people across Canada petitioning the Canada Council to revoke the 2014 award because of graphic content in Raziel Reid’s debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies.

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Posted 23rd January 2015

Book review: A Japanese novelist takes on the dominance of English

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Written By: Chuck Twardy Wed, Jan 21, 2015 (3 p.m.)

4.5 Stars out of 5

The Fall of Language in the Age of English By Minae Mizumura; translated by Mari Yoshihara & Juliet Winters Carpenter, $35.

You don’t know how lucky you are. That’s because you read in English, the “universal language.” From Minae Mizumura’s perspective, you’re on the auspicious side of a linguistic “asymmetry,” spared not only the exclusion from ideas locked away in another language but also ever having to contemplate your good fortune.......

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Posted 22nd January 2015

Spotify for books
Authors and publishers may constrain the rise of e-book subscriptions
Jan 24th 2015 | NEW YORK | From the print edition


“BEWARE of the person of one book,” said Thomas Aquinas, a medieval friar and author. The risk of encountering such unscholarly types is rarer in modern times. Digital devices can hold dozens of e-books, so people can carry around a whole shelf of reading material with them. Now a new crop of e-book subscription companies is offering bibliophiles the chance to consume as many books as they like, from a huge range of titles, for a flat fee of around $10 a month......


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Posted 22nd January 2015


Most-shared books: the favourites we give again and again


Whether for birthdays, words of comfort, or World Book Night, a good book is the best gift.
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Which book would you pick? Charity shop book sections have grown in popularity,Photo: The Telegraph

By:Kat Brown
12:47PM GMT 22 Jan 2015

While doing my tax return, I totted up the number of books I had bought last year and counted a whopping seven copies of Winifred Watson's 1938 novel Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day.

Seven! I hadn't bought them as replacements (although my future mother-in-law serendipitously gave me a copy for my birthday), but as gifts. Miss Pettigrew's adventures in 1930s London have soothed heartbreak and homesickness; marked birthdays and been sent "just because". It's got to the stage where I dole out my favourite like medicine.......

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Posted 21st January 2015
Ban on sending books to prisoners set to end

Following high court ruling in December, campaigners say it will be possible to send inmates books from February
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'Reading is right and not a privilege' … an inmate of Wandsworth prison reads in
his cell. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian


Thursday 22 January 2015 13.37 GMT
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Thursday 22 January 2015 13.37 GMT

The Ministry of Justice is preparing to allow prisoners to receive books from their loved ones from early next month, following December’s high court ruling that the policy which prevented inmates from being sent books should be changed......

Click Here for The Guardian's full story

Digitization project 'fair use of the books' content and overall enhances public knowledge'

By Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted: Oct 16, 2015 12:27 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 16, 2015 12:27 PM ET
Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing books for a massive online library, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decade long dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their books. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing books for a massive online library, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decade long dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their books.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a judge who concluded that the snippets Google showed customers from its database did not violate copyright laws. Click Here to Read Full Article.

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Digitization project 'fair use of the books' content and overall enhances public knowledge'

By Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted: Oct 16, 2015 12:27 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 16, 2015 12:27 PM ET
Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing books for a massive online library, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decade long dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their books. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing books for a massive online library, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decade long dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their books.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a judge who concluded that the snippets Google showed customers from its database did not violate copyright laws. Click Here to Read Full Article.

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Canada Reads, CBC's battle of the books, reveals titles and champions

Posted 21st January 2015



From left, the 2015 Canada Reads panelists Cameron Bailey, Kristin Kreuk, Wab Kinew, Martha Wainwright, Elaine 'Lainey' Lui, and Craig Kielburger. (Pascal Chiarello/CBC)

Acclaimed books about teenage sexuality, the immigrant experience, and the treatment of aboriginal people in this country are among the selections for CBC's Canada Reads competition.

Click Here for full article.

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