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“California college students who have been hit by tuition increases may get a financial break from the state after lawmakers approved twin measures Wednesday to make textbooks more affordable. The state Senate approved a bill that would seek competitive bids to create an Internet site where students could read textbooks from the 50 most popular classes for free and get print copies for $20 each. A separate measure would create a California Open Source Digital Library to house the textbooks. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said his two bills are needed because it costs an average of $1,000 a year for textbooks purchased by students of the California State University, University of California and California Community Colleges systems.” California lawmakers pursue affordable textbooks on Internet, by Patrick McGreevy, LA Times, May 30, 2012

“Terry Pratchett has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction after being shortlisted on three previous occasions.” Pratchett wins Wodehouse Prize

“Brent Council has faced mounting criticism for its midnight raid to strip Kensal Rise Library of books and plaques, with the Royal Society of Literature the latest to condemn the act as “philistinism”. A spokesperson for the RSL has called the removal of books from Kensal Rise Library by council workers guarded by police between 2am and 3am yesterday (29th May) as “an act of philistinism bordering on vandalism”. The spokesperson said: “The council of the Royal Society of Literature, which has consistently opposed the closure of public libraries, is appalled to hear of the action taken by Brent Council in the former Kensal Rise Library in the early hours of this morning.” He added: “We gather that a council group, guarded by a dozen policemen, unscrewed from the wall and removed the brass plaque commemorating the opening of the building by Mark Twain in 1900, and the plaque marking the centenary of the same event. “This appears to be an act of philistinism bordering on vandalism, and we wonder what the justification for it can be.” RSL and authors line up to condemn Brent and ‘Cowardly’ midnight raid on Kensal Rise library

Take a 666 chill pill: ‘Barcode at birth’ author was just joking

“Why take down those pages? Could it be that fan fiction is in the crosshairs?” The origins of ’50 Shades of Grey’ go missing

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