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Flavorwire Video Premiere: Hitler Reacts to the State of Publishing

Well, we always knew Amazon reminded us of someone. In this bookish spin on one of our favorite video memes of recent memory, a certain publishing superpower is angry at his lack of complete control of the industry. He’s right about one thing, though: “Cheating is the whole point of the Internet!” If you’ve been following the industry’s recent power struggles with any attention, be prepared to watch the following video, sent in by an enterprising reader, with glee. … Read More

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5 Things You Need to Know About Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just unveiled a slew of tweaked versions of its Kindle Fire tablets and a cheaper Kindle Touch at a press conference in Santa Monica, but it’s the company’s new electronic ink display e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite, that we’re seeing the most chatter about online. (Well, that and the fact that Amazon didn’t unveil that much-discussed smartphone that they’ve been busy at work on.) After the jump, we’ve compiled a very brief list of everything that you need to know about the Paperwhite. Let us know if you’re planning on grabbing one of your own in the comments! … Read More

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Amazon Reveals the Most Well-Read Cities in America

This morning, Amazon unveiled its second annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America — at least if we’re taking “well-read” to mean “buys a lot of stuff from Amazon,” that is. According to the press release, “the ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.” So, that’s a rather loose definition of “well-read,” but we’re not going to judge. Some fun facts from the release: Berkeley residents ordered the most travel books, those healthy exercisers in Boulder bought the most books in the Health, Fitness & Dieting category, Cambridge kids cleaned out the Business & Investing category, and Alexandria, which topped the entire list, did so by ordering tons of romance novels. No word on which city ordered the most literary fiction, memoirs or nonfiction, though. Any guesses? Click through to see where your city stands on Amazon’s Most Well-Read Cities in America list, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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Amazon to Develop Original TV Programming

Everyone’s getting in the TV production game these days, huh? With Netflix debuting Lilyhammer, splashily reviving Arrested Development, and rumored to be picking up CBS’s Jericho, and companies like Hulu, YouTube, and Yahoo following suit, it’s no shock that Amazon is jumping on the bandwagon. The online retail giant has announced plans to… Read More

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we hoped to avoid America’s worst airports. We watched a schizophrenic world tour of various accents. We read about two Cuban actors who defected to America following the success of their movie about Cubans defecting to America. We thought this Nickelodeon and Avengers mashup was fun. We… Read More

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Gallery: A Night Out with Jeff, One Lonely Guy and Friends

Earlier in the week we hosted the book-launch party for Jeff, One Lonely Guy at NYC hotspot CultureFix, bringing together fans of narrative exploration and postmodern experimentation for a night of readings, drinks, and music. The book’s co-authors Jeff Ragsdale and David Shields were in the house, eager to share stories and reveal more about what happens when you give everyone in the world the chance to anonymously vent. Check out our gallery of photos from the event, then check out an excerpt from the book and grab a copy of your own. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Hot on the heels of an announcement by Barnes & Noble and Books A Million that they wouldn’t stock books being published by Amazon, there’s a new rumor floating around that the online retailer is planning to open its first brick and mortar store in Seattle within the next few months. [via … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. If you’ve ever been curious about who would win in a potato sack race between Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon — well, now you know. The hilarious bit was part of the First Lady’s effort to promote her Let’s Move campaign.

2. Nicki Minaj will be performing her new song “Roman Holiday”… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned that OK Go will be releasing a music video featuring 1,000 handmade instruments. We watched Kristen Bell have a breakdown over a sloth. We guesstimated the fashion trends that might pop up on the new season of Mad Men. We found out that Amazon… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Sesame Street’s YouTube channel was hacked over the weekend, and all of its content was taken down and replaced with a 7-minute hardcore porn. [via The Daily What]

2. If you’ve ever fantasized about Lady Gaga giving Bill and Hillary Clinton a Marilyn Monroe-style serenade, then it’s your lucky day. Watch a… Read More

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