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"Books keep our minds free": US prisons ban reading materials at alarming pace

Nov 08 2023: Reading bans are rising at an alarming rate in prisons across the U.S. according to new PEN America data, and are often less documented than bans in other settings, making it hard to determine the extent of the censorship.

“This is an under-reported area because ...

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"AI" named most notable word of 2023 by Collins dictionary

Nov 01 2023: The technology that is set to dominate the future – for good or ill – is now the word of the year. “AI” has been named the most notable word of 2023 by the dictionary publisher Collins.

Defined as “the modelling of human mental functions by computer programs”, AI was...

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Purchase of Simon & Schuster returns it to a standalone company for the first time since 1975

Oct 31 2023: As of yesterday, the KKR purchase of Simon & Schuster from Paramount Global has been officially completed. With the $1.62 billion all-cash transaction, S&S is now a standalone private limited liability company, and the only independent major trade publisher in the U.S. ...

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Scholastic apologizes, will end controversial book fair offering

Oct 25 2023: Amid a chorus of criticism from authors, librarians, educators, and freedom to read advocates, Scholastic this week said it would stop offering an optional collection of diverse books at its book fairs, and apologized for the loss of trust and “the pain caused” by the ...

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2023: The War Against Books and Libraries

Oct 19 2023: At this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, Publishers Weekly asked Richard Ovenden, director of the Bodleian Libraries of Oxford University and author of Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge (2020) for his take on book banning in America.

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Scholastic Book Fairs' new diversity opt-in comes under fire

Oct 17 2023: Scholastic has responded to accusations of censorship at its book fairs stemming from the creation of a new diverse stories offering, called "Share Every Story, Celebrate Every Voice," which librarians and school officials hosting fairs must decide whether to offer or ...

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Free books for Florida residents to celebrate the freedom to read

Oct 13 2023: Book lovers launched an audacious plan this week to help readers trapped in Florida. A website called BannedBooksUSA.org will send censored and restricted books for free (plus the cost of shipping) to any library, school or person in the Sunshine State.

This airlift...

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Louise Glück, Nobel prize-winning poet, dies at 80

Oct 13 2023: Louise Glück, the Nobel prize-winning author and a former poet laureate of the United States, has died at the age of 80.

Her death was confirmed Friday to the Associated Press by Jonathan Galassi, her editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

A poet of succinct candor,...

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