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AbeBooks Puts George RR Martin on the $20 Bill

What author would you like to see printed on our money?

Inspired by Jane Austen‘s upcoming spot on the British £10 note, AbeBooks printed some imaginary money featuring great authors–including George RR Martin on the $20 bill. Here’s more from the bookseller’s blog:

He’s been writing since 1970 and yet Martin is the author of the moment thanks to the continuing success of Game of Thrones on the telly. We also liked the idea of having an author of science fiction, fantasy and horror on some money. With those glasses, hat and beard, George is more recognizable than Andrew Jackson.

90,000+ Readers Sign Petition for ‘Report Abuse’ Button on Twitter

After Caroline Criado-Perez helped get novelist Jane Austen‘s face on the £10 note in the UK, she was swamped with abusive comments on Twitter.

Since then, more than 90,000 people have signed an online petition urging Twitter to add a “report abuse” button on everyone’s Twitter profile. Here’s more from the petition:

For over three days, Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned to keep women on banknotes, has been targeted repeatedly with rape threats on Twitter … But abuse on Twitter is common; sadly too common. And it frequently goes ignored. We need Twitter to recognise that it’s current reporting system is below required standards. It currently requires users to search for details on how to report someone for abuse; a feature that should be available on each user’s page.

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Jane Austen Gets a Spot on UK’s £10 Note

Beloved writer Jane Austen will replace author and naturalist Charles Darwin on the UK’s £10 note in 2017.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney had this statement:

Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes. Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature. As Austen joins Adam Smith, Boulton and Watt, and in future, Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields.

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Trailer Released for ‘Austenland’ by Shannon Hale

An official trailer has been released for a film adaptation of Shannon Hale‘s novel, Austenland.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? The film hits theaters on August 16, 2013.

Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer served as a producer for this project. The cast includes Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, and Jane Seymour. Russell plays a woman named Jane Hayes who idolizes Fitzwilliam Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Celebrate Franz Kafka’s Birthday with a Google Doodle & Free Books

Google has created a Google Doodle to celebrate Franz Kafka’s 130th birthday. Follow these links to download a free copy of The Metamorphosis and The Trial.

The designers drew inspiration from The Metamorphosis. Published in 1915, the famous novella follows the surreal ordeal of a salesman named Gregor Samsa. Here’s more from TIME magazine:

The drawing shows a lighter take on Kafka’s absurdist work, portraying a cockroach coming home from a day at work. The Doodle even includes a nod to the plot by including a small, sepia-toned apple, referring to the apples that the poor salesman’s father threw at him when he found his son transformed into the creepy-crawler.

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Douglas Adams Gets Interactive Google Doodle for His Birthday

Google has created an interactive Google Doodle celebrating Douglas Adams‘ 61st birthday. The UK author is best known for his comedic science-fiction series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Check out this YouTube video which shows how internet users can interact with this animated doodle. Random House posted a screenshot of the art piece on Facebook and drew 266 “likes.”

Here’s more from ABC News: “Google’s doodle includes references to Adams’ work: a towel, which according to Adams’ book, is an essential item for space travel, a cup of tea, a staple of his oeuvre, and when users click the door in the doodle, Marvin, the beloved ‘paranoid android,’ from ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide‘ appears.”

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Pride & Prejudice Turns 200

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can download a free eBook edition or a free audiobook copy of the novel.

Here’s more from the BBC: “It has one of the most famous opening lines in literature, it turned Colin Firth into a heartthrob and it spawned a zombie spin-off. Now Pride & Prejudice  has reached the venerable age of 200…First published by Thomas Egerton in 1813, Pride & Prejudice  was Jane Austen’s second novel.”

According to the article, Austen dubbed this work her “own darling child.” UK readers purchase approximately 50,000 copies every year. In honor of this occasion, we’ve put together a list of three ideas on how fans can celebrate.

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Small Demons Counts Content Deals with Five of the Big Six Publishers

Small Demons, the site that explores the people, places and things inside of books, has cut a content deal with Penguin.

Here’s more from the release:

Having already inked deals with Simon & Schuster, Random House, Harper Collins and Hachette, Small Demons now has content deals with five of the big six publishing houses. Many books within the Penguin collection, including bestselling genre fiction and the world’s leading classics brand Penguin Classics, will begin to appear on the site over the course of 2013, allowing readers to explore their favorite books and draw surprising connections between seemingly disparate literary worlds: from Jack Kerouac’s jazz legends to Jim Butcher’s Chicago wizards, from Jane Austen’s genteel England to Charlaine Harris’s tumultuous Bon Temps, Louisiana.

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Free Books That Inspired Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn Part 2, the last installment of The Twilight Saga film franchise, has been released this week.

We’ve collected links to five free digital books that inspired Stephenie Meyer while she wrote the novels behind the movies. In an interview, Meyer (pictured, via) talked about her favorite authors. She explained:

I’ve been reading books for adults my entire life. Growing up I was an avid reader—the thicker the book, the better.  Pride and PrejudiceGone with the WindThe Sword of ShannaraJane EyreRebecca, etc.  I’m a huge fan of Orson Scott Card, and Jane Austen– I can’t go through a year without re-reading her stuff again.

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Free eBook Flowchart

What’s your favorite kind of book? We’ve created a giant flowchart to help you browse the top 50 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg.

Click the image above to see a larger version of the book map. Your choices range from Charles Dickens to Jane Austen, from Sherlock Holmes to needlework. Below, we’ve linked to all 50 free eBooks so you can start downloading right now. The books are available in all major eBook formats.

Follow this link to see an online version of the flowchart, complete with links to the the individual books.

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