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Great Authors To Follow On Twitter

These eight writers are sometimes hysterical, sometimes insightful, and are sure to give you words for thought in 140 characters or less.

Of interest to both readers and writers.

Overrated

Authors, critics, and editors on “great books” that aren’t all that great.

Some of these may surprise you. Or perhaps they’re also the books that you secretly love to hate.

Back-To-School Reads: 13 Big Books To Read While The Leaves Fall

Beach-reading season is just about over. NPR checks in with a lucky 13 suggestions of books to curl up with this fall.

Discworld’s Terry Pratchett On Death And Deciding

If you’ve read the Discworld novels by popular fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, you’ve surely encountered Death. He’s an actual character — a skeleton in a black hood who’s portrayed as not such a bad guy after all.

So maybe it’s not so surprising that at 63, Pratchett — who has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s — speaks openly about causing his own death.

NPR discusses assisted suicide with author Terry Pratchett.

Deciding on a Book, and How to Read It 

Recently several people who know I have a Kindle have asked me whether they should buy one. I love my Kindle, but it may not be the correct choice for everyone. So if anyone else asks me in the future, I’m going to point them to this article in the New York Times, in which Nick Bilton compares several reading options:

I set out to try them all, reading a chapter on each: the Amazon Kindle, the first- and second-generation Apple iPads, the Barnes & Noble Nook, an iPhone, a Windows Phone, a Google Android phone, a Google Android tablet and a laptop computer. To be fair, I also read a chapter in that old-fashioned form — a crumply old print paperback.