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Gmail’s New Feature Smart Compose

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  Gmail has a new feature called Smart Compose. This feature allows for artificial intelligence to auto-fill information in the emails you compose in an effort to cut down on the time spent typing up mindless messages. If typing emails is truly one of the bane’s of your day-to-day existence, this feature is here to alleviate that stress. 

SUBJECT: Write emails faster with Smart Compose in Gmail

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The Aesthetics of Russian Libraries Is Causing Their Visitors To Dwindle

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 Councillor Pete Gilbert, Conservative county councillor for Bedworth West, says libraries that look like car parks are not helping halt the slump in visitor numbers across Warwickshire.  He continues to say” the biggest damage that we’ve caused ourselves is the knocking or pulling down of beautiful buildings that lived and breathed books and building these Soviet-looking flat roofed things that don’t inspire anybody.”

On the other hand in contrast to that, the county was among the best when it came to digital visits with eBook and eAudio downloads at an all-time high. 

Google’s New Added Feature: Searching For eBooks At Your Local Library

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Google has rolled out a new feature in Search that allows users to check if an e-book is available to borrow from the local library. When searching for a book, the “Get Book” tab shows a “Borrow ebook” section, which lists public library systems nearby with a link to open the webpage and borrow. If you search for the title of a book, you’ll see one of two things. On desktop search, there’s an additional heading in the detailed results/information card on the right. But on mobile, it’s buried in the Get Book tab. There is some inconsistency with this feature.

Better off visiting your local library’s website not only for ebooks but for print  and the library programs they have to offer.

Apple To Begin Paying Out $400M To Customers

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Three years ago, Apple was found guilty of anticompetitive ebook pricing and price-fixing. The case was in limbo for years as Apple appealed and tried to fight the ruling, but earlier this year the Supreme Court declined to hear the company’s appeal, putting Apple on the hook for $450 million. 

According to the firm, $400 million will be handed out to customers who purchased books from Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. 

Customers will receive $6.93 for every e-book that was a New York Times bestseller and $1.57 for every other ebook. Qualifying ebooks must have been purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 and be from one of the following publishers: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan (Holtzbrinck Publishers), Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster.

Libraries To Visit With Street View

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Literary Rejections That Became Popular

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Books That Are Really Long To Read & Hard To Put Down

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

A thousand pages to describe Scarlett’s three husbands and her struggles during the war.

Margaret Mitchell at the Gone With The Wind movie premiere party in Atlanta. © Bettmann/CORBIS, 1939

Boredom caused 25-year-old Margaret Mitchell to write 63 of the chapters. Mitchell was a journalist for the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine. spending 10 years of her life working on the book, Mitchell didn’t really have much intention of publishing it. When a “friend” heard that she was considering writing a book (though in fact, it had been written), she said something to the effect of, “Imagine, you writing a book!” Annoyed, Mitchell took her massive manuscript to a Macmillan editor the next day. She later regretted the act and sent the editor a telegram saying, “Have changed my mind. Send manuscript back.”

Ralph Thompson, a book reviewer for The New York Times, was quite unimpressed with the book at first, saying “I happen to feel that the book would have been infinitely better had it been edited down to, say, 500 pages-”

At the end, Thompson admitted, “Any kind of first novel of over 1,000 pages is an achievement and for the research that was involved, and for the writing Itself, the author of Gone With the Wind deserves due recognition.”

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

After reading 200 pages of Infinite Jest, Michael Pietsch, Wallace’s editor at Little, Brown,told Wallace’s agent, “I want to do this book more than I want to breathe.”

Pietsch responded to the original 1,600-page manuscript of Infinite Jest with a letter to Wallace saying, “It’s exactly the challenge and adventure I came to book publishing to find.” He also suggested that Wallace make extensive cuts to the book, adding, “I’m still hoping there are ways to make the novel much shorter, not because any one piece of it isn’t wonderful but because the longer it is the more people will find excuses not to read it. On the attached pages I’ve suggested chapters and scenes that maybe can come out without killing the patient.” On Pietsch’s letter, Wallace circled that section and simply put a question mark by it.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 Originally published as Voyna i mir in 1865-69. War and Peace is about early 19th-century Russian society, noted for its mastery of realistic detail and variety of psychological analysis, and generally regarded as one of the world’s greatest novels. War and Peace is primarily concerned with the histories of five aristocratic families–particularly the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, and the Rostovs–the members of which are portrayed against a vivid background of Russian social life during the war against Napoleon (1805-14).       Read On 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden, often considered Steinbeck’s most ambitious novel, follows the intricate lives of two families, the Hamiltons, based on Steinbeck’s maternal ancestors, and the Trasks as they settle in California.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The seed of the Rebecca story lay in Daphne du Maurier's jealousy of her husband's first fiancee

The seed of the Rebecca story lay in Daphne du Maurier’s jealousy of her husband’s first fiancee Photo: REX

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