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Amazon Fresh groceries

It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

Amazon has once again expanded its reach in all things commerce, this time with its own take on the grocery store. A pilot program being carried out under the Amazon Fresh banner will allow Seattle residents to order various fresh grocery items (including produce and dairy) ahead of time, and then pick them up at an Amazon …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017
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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

Exclusive Prominent British bookseller W H Smith voluntarily shut its website for emergency "maintenance" last night after being warned by The Register that it was selling a range of DIY terror manuals – such as the Improvised Munitions Handbook that offer procedures for making bombs and explosive booby-traps. The site also offered two …
Duncan Campbell, 11 Nov 2016

Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The book Children of Time by British sci-fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky has been announced as the winner of this year’s Arthur C Clarke award. The award was established by Sir Arthur, who is considered one of the “Big Three” of influential science fiction writers, along with American authors Issac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. …
Katyanna Quach, 25 Aug 2016
Astounding Science Fiction

A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

Analysis Buried deep in the pages of the March 1946 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine sits a short story by Murray Leinster that, 70 years on, has proven a remarkably sharp prediction of both 21st century consumer technology and culture. One of two pieces contributed by Leinster, a pen name used by author William Fitzgerald …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2016

SciFi and fantasy titan David G. Hartwell passes, aged 74

Influential science fiction author and editor David G. Hartwell has died, aged 74. Hartwell edited thousands of books and was nominated for the Hugo Award 41 times. He spent the last 30-plus years as an editor for Tor Books, whose founder Tom Doherty wrote “no editor was more influential in the shaping of science fiction and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2016
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Google wins book scan battle. Again. Can post pages online. Again

A US appeals court has today ruled that Google Books does not infringe on US copyright. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a 2013 verdict from a district court that Google's scan-every-book-possible project is protected as "fair use." The Authors Guild had charged that Google was violating its copyrights when …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2015
Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shumon Basar, The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present kitten warp

Ring Roads, After the Crash and The Age of Earthquakes: Guide to the Extreme Present

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston looks at the latest from the publishing world with two recent French translations of best-selling books from Patrick Modiano and Michel Bussi. We've also a curious comment on our life and times by Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Shumon Basar that could well find its way into hipsters' pockets …
Mark Diston, 21 Mar 2015
Trouble in Paradise

Pervert's Guide man's new book, an urban myths tome and Youth, an underrated gem

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston trawls through at publishing's top notch texts. Bad boy philosopher Slavoj Žižek puts Russell Brand in the shade with his latest cultural critique, while urban mythmeister Jan Harold Brunvand has revised his entertaining and enduring tome that's a goldmine for comedians and sketch writers alike. And …
Mark Diston, 22 Nov 2014
Bernard Sumner: Chapter and Verse

Weekend reads: Tales of Madchester in Chapter and Verse plus Shark and Ring of Steel

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston reviews the latest literary treats. Lauded wordsmith Will Self's new novel takes some extraordinary twists and turns. Joy Division and New Order guitarist Bernard Sumner tells his life story and Alexander Watson delivers a unique take on WWI, history, not from the victors, but as told from the centre …
Mark Diston, 20 Sep 2014
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European Court of Justice allows digitisation of library books

The Fourth Chamber of the European Court of Justice has ruled that libraries can scan books, even if publishers deny them permission to do so, but that subsequent reading can only take place on “dedicated terminals”. The ruling came in the case of Technische Universität Darmstadt v Eugen Ulmer KG, decided on Thursday. The …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2014
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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

Elite:Dangerous, the multiplayer revival of eighties classic space trading game Elite is on track for beta release on May 30th. The game's resurrection has come about thanks to a 2012 Kickstarter campaign that saw over 25,000 folks stump up at least £5 apiece and £1.57m in total to revive the game. The development process has …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2014
Raspberry Pi UK

Manual override: Raspberry Pi beginners' books

Feature The Raspberry Pi has been out for just over a year now. It has undergone a couple of revisions during that time, most recently around October 2012, but a short while ago I decided it was time I ought to try it out and see what the diminutive, Linux-running micro can do. Entirely coincidentally, the Raspberry Pi Owners’ …
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2013
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Oz library finds Lance Armstrong books a new home: The fiction section

An Australian library has announced it will reclassify books by Lance Armstrong as fiction, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The announcement at Manly Library moving Lance Armstrong books to fiction Book browsers at Manly Library in Sydney wishing to draw inspiration from Lance Armstrong: World's Greatest Champion and other …
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2013
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Publishing giants borg into Random Penguin ... But can it see off Amazon?

Venerable publishing house Penguin will merge with Random House to create the world's largest book publisher. Penguin owner Pearson signed off on the deal with Random House owner Bertelsmann today declaring that the merger was the best way for the two dead-tree publishers to take advantage of new digital publishing models, …
Anna Leach, 29 Oct 2012
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Booksellers club calls in Kobo to aid indies

Britain's Booksellers Association (BA) has hopped into bed with Japanese-owned Canadian e-book company Kobo in a bid to help the UK's independent bookshops fight back against Amazon. Kobo already operates in the UK through a partnership with newsagent WH Smith. The deal with the BA will allow the trade organisation's 3000-odd …
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012
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French writers say OUI! to Google's book-slurp deal

Google has come to an arrangement with French authors and publishers, who sued for copyright infringement after the web giant began scanning and indexing their books. The deal clears the way for the search goliath to resume digitising tomes for the first time since 2006. The French Publishers' Association (Syndicat national de …
The Register breaking news

Waterstones stores surrender to Amazonian invaders

UK bookshop chain Waterstones will start stocking Amazon's Kindle ereaders in an attempt to revamp its stores for the digital age. There were rumours last year that Waterstones might release its own ereader, which sprang from managing director James Daunt's discussion of digital libraries last year as a guest on BBC Radio 4's …
The Register breaking news

Cambridge puts Isaac Newton's notes online

If you're looking for a bit of light reading this holiday season, Cambridge University is here to help: they've digitized and made available online over 4,000 pages of the pioneering scientist and mathemetician Sir Isaac Newton's most important works. Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica title page Principia title …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Dec 2011

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