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New life for old classics as they enter the public domain

Via The New York Times: “This coming year marks the first time in two decades that a large body of copyrighted works will lose their protected status — a shift that will have profound consequences for publishers and literary estates, which stand to lose both money and creative control.”

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I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is… I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.

— Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump’s bestselling book, which Schwartz says “is a work of fiction”. (The New Yorker)

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Paper book sales soar as people put down their e-readers

Who says print media is dead? Arrogant futurists and tech pundits may say that books are an anachronism, but that’s nonsense. As with vinyl LPs, there is still a huge market for books. A market that’s actually growing in tech-saturated countries like Canada. CTV has more.

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Bill O’Reilly is not somebody who as far as I can tell really invests a lot of time or energy in the truth… He’s a snake oil salesman, he’s a huckster, he’s a carnival barker, but that’s about it. He’s not a journalist.

Ron Reagan rips “Killing Reagan” author Bill O’Reilly as a “snake oil salesman” (Media Matters for America)

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The data and details of the Sherlock Holmes canon, visualized

The Guardian has published a striking set of images which depict some interesting facts about the Sherlock Holmes canon. The famous fictional detective appeared in several dozen stories authored by British author Arthur Conan Doyle.

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In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge. All the way up the sides of the mountain, hundreds of men were working away with picks and drills, hacking great hunks of fudge out of the mountainside; and some of them, those that were high up in dangerous places, were roped together for safety.

— Excerpt from a previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, released online and print in The Guardian Review.

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