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Eleanor Catton becomes youngest Booker prize winner

Oct 15 2013, 4:54pm CDT | by IANS

London, Oct 16 (IANS) New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker prize of 2013, becoming the youngest winner of the prestigious award for her novel “The Luminaries”, the Booker Prize Foundation said Tuesday.

London, Oct 16 — New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker prize of 2013, becoming the youngest winner of the prestigious award for her novel “The Luminaries”, the Booker Prize…

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Schedulicity Books More than $2 Billion in Appointment-Based Commerce (A-Comm)

Source: Freshnews.com  |   Oct 16 2013, 10:33am CDT

BOZEMAN, Mont., Oct., 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Schedulicity, Inc., the leading marketplace for discovering and booking local services across North America, announced that it has booked more than $2 billion in appointment-b …

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Oyster brings all-you-can read books to iPad for $10 a month

Source: Phone Arena  |   Oct 16 2013, 10:07am CDT

Oyster, the Netflix of ebooks, a service that allows you to read all you want from its catalog for $9.95 a month, has now arrived on the iPad. Initially, Oyster was only available on an iPhone, but you can imagine that an iPad is a much more suitable …

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Oyster opens up, launches iPad app to bring Netflix model to e-books

Source: VentureBeat  |   Oct 16 2013, 10:01am CDT

Oyster now offers an iPad app Oyster hopes you’ll binge on books the same way you gorged on the last season of Arrested Development. This morning, the e-book subscription company opened to the public — no more invites neces …

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Half Price Books set to open outlet store in Olympia

Source: The Olympian  |   Oct 16 2013, 9:51am CDT

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Dyn books $15M in revenue in Q3

Source: Boston Business Journal  |   Oct 16 2013, 9:47am CDT

Infrastructure-as-a-service firm Dyn said Wednesday that it closed more than $15 million in bookings and hired 41 employees during the third quarter of the year. The revenue bookings were the largest for a quarter in …

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Caution: Low-flying books Down Under as drone delivery service launches

Source: TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home  |   Oct 16 2013, 9:30am CDT

Aussies could soon be ducking to avoid more than low-flying kookaburras as New South Wales textbook rental and student services company Zookal … ahem… launches an airborne book delivery service using drones. The service, …

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Not used religious books consigned to flams with Sikh rituals

Source: Webindia123  |   Oct 16 2013, 9:29am CDT

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These New-Fangled Books Will Doom Us All!

Source: Tor: Science Fiction Blog  |   Oct 16 2013, 9:16am CDT

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Students at Lorne Street Elementary can see books – but can’t check them out

Source: Southern California Public Radio  |   Oct 16 2013, 8:45am CDT

Lorne St. Elementary School parents and students wrote over one thousand letters addressed to Superintendent John Deasy, requesting their library be reopened. The library at Lorne St. Elementary in Northridge has been closed all sch …

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Books I’ve Abandoned Recently

Source: Farm Lane Books Blog  |   Oct 16 2013, 8:31am CDT

It’s been a while since I mentioned books that I’ve abandoned and as a consequence there are quite a few! Here are the books that failed to hold my attention in the last few months: Five words from the blurb: relationships, parenthood, life, honesty, wri …

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Libraries get $1.3M for e-books, other materials

Source: Library Stuff  |   Oct 16 2013, 8:24am CDT

“Three library systems in Illinois have received government grants to develop their collections with a focus on e-books and other innovative ideas. Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the grants Tuesday in Chi …

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Eleanor Catton becomes youngest Booker prize winner

Oct 15 2013, 4:54pm CDT | by IANS

London, Oct 16 (IANS) New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker prize of 2013, becoming the youngest winner of the prestigious award for her novel “The Luminaries”, the Booker Prize Foundation said Tuesday.

London, Oct 16 — New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker prize of 2013, becoming the youngest winner of the prestigious award for her novel “The Luminaries”, the Booker Prize Foundation said Tuesday.

The 832-page book, set in 1866 during the New Zealand gold rush, is also the longest in the history of the prize. Catton is just the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme with “The Bone People” in 1985.

Catton was 25 when she began writing the murder mystery. Now 28, she also becomes an “end of an era” winner: the last recipient of a Booker prize which, for 45 years, has only allowed Commonwealth and Irish writers – next year, the Americans are coming, the Guardian reported.

There were an “extraordinary” 151 novelists submitted for the prize and “hers is the one head that remains standing, waving in the warm breeze of the judges’ favour,” the foundation said.

“In a year that has delivered thematic variety in both the longlist and the shortlist…that has highlighted writers from around the globe (Zimbabwe, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Anglo-America, England), the judges picked Catton’s audacious take on an old form, the Victorian “sensation novel”.

“She has channelled Wilkie Collins and Herman Melville and come up with something quite new,” the foundation said on its website.

The chair of judges Robert Macfarlane described the book as a “dazzling work, luminous, vast”. It is, he said, “a book you sometimes feel lost in, fearing it to be ‘a big baggy monster’, but it turns out to be as tightly structured as an orrery”.

“We read it three times and each time we dug into it the yields were extraordinary, its dividends astronomical.” The Luminaries is, said Macfarlane, a novel with heart. “The characters are in New Zealand to make and to gain – the one thing that disrupts them is love.”

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