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Facing the Monsters

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One need not read very far into the stories of H.P. Lovecraft to find themes of xenophobia and eugenics.

Google Introduces USB Encryption Device

Privacy has become paramount in the minds of users, as well as tech companies. Last year, Google chairman Eric Schmidt noted that encryption was the only real way to keep user data out of the hands of governments. With the release of a Google USB security key, that’s a possibility. Google already uses two-factor authentication to protect its users. Show More Summary

Capstone Young Readers to Launch the CapReader App

Capstone Young Readers has released a new eBook program called CapReader. All of the digital books available through this app contains enhanced features such as read-along audio and text highlighting. According to the press release,Show More Summary

‘Riverdale’ TV Drama to Feature Characters From The Archie Comics Universe

Fox is developing an Archie Comics TV drama called Riverdale. It will feature several characters from the Archie universe including Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones, Kevin Keller, and Josie &...Show More Summary

Anna Todd’s ‘After’ and ‘Harry Styles’ come to print and film

Anna Todd, the first-time author whose online fan fiction series After became a Wattpad sensation, has had a big month. Publishing one chapter at a time, Todd racked up 1 billion reads online and gained avid fans worldwide. Last week,...Show More Summary

Constantin Film & Dark Horse Entertainment to Partner On the ‘Polar’ Movie

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are teaming up to create a movie adaptation of Polar: Came From The Cold. Victor Santos’ graphic novel was published in November 2013. According to the press release, “the adrenaline-pumping...Show More Summary

Cover Unveiled For ‘Trigger Warning’ By Neil Gaiman

The cover for Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? This anthology contains previously published short stories, a Doctor Who story that...Show More Summary

Patrick Ness Inks Deal For 2 YA Novels with HarperCollins

Writer Patrick Ness (pictured, via) has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books. Editorial director Rosemary Brosnan negotiated the deal with literary agent David McMillan. According to the press release, the first...Show More Summary

‘Another Rape Poem’ Video Goes Viral

Brenna Twohy wrote a poem called “Another Rape Poem.” Twohy recited the piece at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video featuring her performance earlier this month and it has since attracted more than 25,000 views. What do you think? (via Upworthy) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

J.K. Rowling to Post New Essay About Dolores Umbridge on Pottermore

J.K. Rowling has penned a new essay about the antagonist Dolores Umbridge. It’s scheduled to be posted on Pottermore this forthcoming Halloween Day. According to the press release, “the new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich,...Show More Summary

Museum of London Hosts Exhibit On Sherlock Holmes

Are you a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth? The Museum of London is hosting the “Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die” exhibit. Here’s more about the show: “Asking searching questions such as who is...Show More Summary

Bob Eckstein Inks Deal With Potter Style

Cartoonist and author Bob Eckstein has landed a book deal with the Potter Style imprint at Random House. The new project, entitled Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores, was inspired by Eckstein’s “Bookstores of New York” series. Show More Summary

Air New Zealand Creates a New ‘Hobbit’-Themed Safety Video

Air New Zealand has unleashed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made” on their YouTube channel. The video embedded above features the airline’s new Hobbit-themed safety video with appearances from actor Elijah Wood and filmmaker Peter...Show More Summary

YA Historical Fiction: INFOGRAPHIC

Historical fiction writers set their stories in a number of different eras. Readers can explore anywhere from the medieval court of King Arthur to the Renaissance studio of Leonardo Da Vinci. The team at has created anShow More Summary

Barnes & Noble to Close its Only Branch in The Bronx

The Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza, based in the Bronx, will close at the end of the year. According to David Deason, the vice president of real estate, the decision was made to shut down operations at this store because the landlord plans...Show More Summary

‘Leaving Time’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Jodi Picoult’s new fiction book, Leaving Time, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending October 20, 2014.Show More Summary

They Don’t Need Me (And That’s a Great Thing)

Returning to work the easy way, with great staffers, makes vacation seem all the more enjoyable.

‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Teaser Released

Marvel has unleashed a teaser for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The video embedded above features “Ultron trying to tear apart Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of the world.” What do you think? An internet leak compelled the company to release the trailer earlier than planned. Show More Summary

Compelling Contest!

Alliterative analytical acuity alert!

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Three visits from kindergarten classes can make for a very funny day at the bookstore.

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