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Serial Pleasure: China’s online reading craze is challenging Kindle

To Yuwei Pan, a regular fix of Chinese novels on her smartphone makes her daily commute a pleasure. But these aren’t just normal stories. Chinese e-books are often serialised; readers wait for the latest chapters of a story, much like viewers catch up with the newest episodes of Game of Thrones.

They also provide an interactive reading experience, where readers and writers can discuss and co-develop the plot. “I turn to Kindle for serious books, but I go to Chinese online literature for imagination, fun and freedom,” Pan says. Continue reading

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Book lovers converge on Boulder for second annual Jaipur Literature Festival

Area book lovers came to Boulder this weekend to learn from more than 80 global authors at the second annual Jaipur Literature Festival at the Boulder Public Library.

The festival even hosted royalty, with Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, queen mother of the tiny, remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and a children’s author, participating.

The weekend festival, which wrapped up Sunday, brings in published authors to “examine the human experience.”

“It’s a festival of ideas and conversations and stories,” said Suraj Dhingra, executive producer. “We have a wide range of topics.”

This year’s panels and author conversations included “Democracy and the Game of Thrones,” “Antifragile: The Economics and Politics of the Random” and “Those Immigrants!”

Dozens of local authors were invited, including novelist Margaret Coel, author of the New York Times-bestselling Wind River mystery series, and Nicholas Carr, a technology and culture writer.

Carr, during a session Sunday titled “Brave New World: The Digital Future,” said social media has turned people into “compulsive gobblers of little bits of information.”

“What we’ve created is an incredible distraction machine … What we lose is the contemplative mind,” he said.

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