Weekend Roundup: Amazon Wants to Give Away Its Rumored Smartphone for Free
September 7, 2013 | 11:53 am
By Dan Eldridge
Amazon Wants to Give Away Its Rumored Smartphone for Free (Gizmodo)
We’ve been hearing rumors about Amazon developing its own smartphone for years. Now, a new report from Wall Street Journal vets Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati not only says the launch is imminent but also claims it’ll have a very very consumer-friendly price tag: $0.
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It’s Almost Time to Throw Out Your Books (Tech Crunch)
The near-unthinkable has happened. The dinosaurs are finally evolving. The publishing industry’s long war against technology, the future, and its customers may finally be coming to a close.
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Doing Time: Stories of Juvenile Delinquents (Book Riot)
I finished watching Orange is the New Black a few weeks ago, and what really stuck with me was the way the relationships among female inmates played out. I loved the dynamics, the drama, and more than anything else, the extent to which we see women in a crappy situation still able to be themselves — for better or worse — despite being behind bars. It got me thinking about the show Beyond Scared Straight and the ways in which teenagers who are sent for a day or weekend to prison find themselves pushed to their limits and how it does or doesn’t impact them, both in the short and long term. Which, of course, led me to think about how YA books have tackled teens in prison.
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Jo Nesbø: ‘It’s good to be slightly crazy’ (The Telegraph)
There is an Edvard Munch exhibition on in Oslo and the famous tormented figure from The Scream can be seen on every hoarding and the side of every bus here, but there is one other face that almost matches his for ubiquity. The crime novelist Jo Nesbø gazes at me not only from billboards but also, in various striking poses, from the front covers of a score of commuters’ paperbacks. It is difficult to say which is the more prominent poster boy for art that depicts the angst lying beneath the placid surface of everyday life in Norway.
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Kindle Daily Deals: “The First Rule of Swimming” by Courtney Angela Brkic (and 3 others)