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A BN Baby, A Microwave Cookbook, and an Appeal to Boycotters

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Early this week, a pregnant book shopper in a Los Angeles’ Barnes and Noble gave birth amidst the bookshelves.  According to USA Today, fire fighters arrived on scene and helped to deliver a healthy baby boy, after establishing that time had run out to make it to the hospital.

Apple Not Loving the Numbers

The potential damages of Apple’s price fixing scandal could cost the company more than originally anticipated, Publisher’s Weekly, reports.  Apple attorneys are lamenting that the $307m damages estimate made by Stanford economist Roger Noll, upset that it is more than 40% higher  than the original $218.9m estimate the plaintiffs stated in July.

Iran Plans to Ease Censorship 

Thursday morning, The Guardian shared news that Iran could be expanding the list of titles available under the new president, Hassan Rouhani.  Books that were previously banned by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from being stocked or published will be reevaluated, and new decisions will be made.

Ja Rule Wants to Write A  Microwave Cookbook

The hit rap artist, Ja Rule has expressed his interest in turning his microwave cooking skills (as learned during his recent jail experience) into a cookbook, for everyone to enjoy.  The National Post goes on to share how he would join the ranks of other rap artists with a love for the culinary world, Coolio and 2Chainz who have already released their own cookbooks.

The Ender’s Game:  To Boycott or to Embrace?

Earlier this summer when news broke of Ender’s Game author’s anti-gay stance, activist group Geeks Out called for boycotting the book based movie being released next Friday.  While Orson Scott Card’s homophobic history and his article comparing Obama to Hitler have deterred some potential movie-goers, there are some voices asking for the boycott to be called off, including attorney, writer and HuffPost columnist, Emma Ruby-Sachs, and the award-winning writer/LGBT campaigner Dustin Lance Black  (of Milk).

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Happy 97th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

via 5Top

Born September 13th, 1916, Roald Dahl is one of today’s most celebrated children’s book authors. Throughout his career, Dahl wrote 21 stories and poems for children.  Children’s books perhaps, but his tales such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr. Fox have enchanted and delighted readers of all ages.   To mark what would be Dahl’s ninety-seventh birthday, Huff Post has assembled a list of 11 things Roald Dahl can teach us about life.  Need more? Try Buzzfeed’s 17 Magical Lessons Learned From Roald Dahl Books

Our favourite reminder from him?

“Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”

What’s your favourite story or by Roald Dahl? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @SumbolaCoSI.

15 Ridiculous Rejections of Classic Authors & Books

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via Pushcart Press

Even the most beloved and celebrated authors can’t please everyone. Pushcart Press, one of America’s most influential publishing houses, took the liberty of assembling some of the nastiest, yet articulate reviews, rejections and otherwise unpleasant remarks made about some of the most widely-read authors and literature.  You can buy the full collection here.

For whatever reason, insults such as “husband-hunting butterfly” and “tragic-comic bubble and squeak” didn’t catch on, but that doesn’t mean we can’t delight in them once in awhile.

Buzzfeed has done us the favour of selecting some of the most scathing sentiments directed at authors such as D.H. Lawrence,  Emily Bronte and even Shakespeare.  (Click the aforementioned authors to review their work on Sumbola.)

Enjoy the drama of Buzzfeed’s 15 Classics Authors Who Need To Be Taken To The Burn Unit.