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Disability Groups Respond to Concerns Over Kindle 2 Text-to-Speech Function

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Online Only, posted 3.24.09

Responding to assertions by the Authors Guild that Amazon's Kindle 2 device, with its text-to-speech function, violates audiobook rights, and Random House's subsequent deactivation of the function for its e-book titles, nine disability groups last week urged publishers to recognize the benefits of the software, which enables books to be spoken in a computerized voice, to people who are blind or suffer from dislexia or other disabilities, and even those who use English as a second language. 

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Family, Friends, Writers React to Suicide of Nicholas Hughes, Son of Sylvia Plath

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Online Only, posted 3.23.09

Nicholas Hughes, the son of the late poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, committed suicide last Monday, forty-six years after his mother took her own life. According to his sister, poet Frieda Hughes, the forty-seven-year-old, who hanged himself in his Alaska home, had struggled with depression for some time.

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The Work of David Foster Wallace Continues to Inspire

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Online Only, posted 3.20.09

Half a year has passed since David Foster Wallace's death, and interest in the late author’s distinctive work continues to mount.

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Google Partnership to Provide Half Million Free Sony Reader Titles

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Online Only, posted 3.19.09

The battle between Sony and Amazon for an edge in the digital books market just got a little more interesting: Five weeks after Amazon unveiled its Kindle 2 e-book reader, Sony is set to announce today a deal with Google that will make a half million public domain books available on its Reader e-book device.

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Howard Junker Rescinds His Resignation as Editor of ZYZZYVA

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Online Only, posted 3.18.09

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Six months after Howard Junker announced that he would be retiring, the editor of ZYZZYVA has rescinded his resignation. In a message posted last month on the journal's blog, Junker wrote that the decision was based on several factors, including his enduring love for the journal he's edited for the past quarter century, the inability to find an appropriate successor, and a change in his personal retirement plans. "My retirement kitty is not as robust as it once was," he wrote.

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Obama Establishes White House Arts and Culture Post

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Online Only, posted 3.17.09

President Barack Obama last week created a new position to oversee arts and culture in the Office of Public Liasion and Intergovernmental Affairs. Kareem Dale, who was previously named special assistant to the president for disability policy, will hold the new position under senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

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