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Investigation Into Illegal Workers Making Kindles in China

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Amazon and its factories and distribution centres have previously come under fire for the way they treat staff, just last week we heard a story about how many ambulances have been called to distribution centres and staff woes and mistreatment has been an ongoing issue.

Now an investigation has brought to light that agency workers making the Amazon’s Echo Smart Speakers and Kindles in China have been hired and paid illegally!
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Audiobook Downloads at Record High

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Stats released by the Publishers Association have revealed that audiobook downloads rose 22% last year to an all time record high of £31 million worth of sales. The statistics were released by the Publishers Association to mark the start of Love Audio Week, which runs from 11th to 17th June. Read More

Anthony Bourdain’s books climb the non-fiction charts after his death

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Following the tragic death of chef and writer Anthony Bourdain on June 8th 2018, the culinary world was in shock. Anthony Michael Bourdain played a huge part in many foodies’ lives as a chef and television personality who travelled the world exploring food and humanity. Bourdain explored world culture, cuisine, and the human condition and produced wonderful shows and fascinating books.

Bourdain’s work was so important and popular that many of his books climbed the Amazon charts after the world heard of his passing. New fans are emerging as well as the old faithful foodies, and Bourdain’s name and legacy will live on through his writing.

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Bats Have Taken up Residence in Two 18th Century Portuguese Libraries, and That’s a Good Thing!

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Most librarians probably wouldn’t be too pleased to find a family of bats living in their library however, in Portugal, bats have taken up residence in two 18th-century libraries and it turns out they’re very useful to have around. The bats in question live in the University of Coimbra’s library and the library in the National Palace of Mafra.

The bats actually play in important role in safeguarding the libraries books as they swoop over rare and ancient books and snap up bugs that could slowly but surely destroy rare tomes. The bats offer such a helpful service that they have been allowed to stay and are now a tourist attraction in their own right. Read More

First Trailer Released for the ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web,’ Starring Claire Foy

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Claire Foy shot to fame in 2016 when Netflix aired the first season of the critically acclaimed historical drama The Crown, which starred Foy in the role of a young Queen Elizabeth II during the early years of her reign. Now Foy will be swapping the small screen for the big screen as she plays the role of Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming film adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Read More

‘Sharp Objects’ Official Trailer Released

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Last month HBO, released the first teaser trailer for its mini-series adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects. The series will star Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a journalist who returns to her hometown to cover a series of brutal murders. As we reported, a teaser trailer was released earlier this year in April, and now HBO has released a full length trailer to get you excited. Read More

Peter Jackson is “not involved at all” with Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series

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Late last year, it was announced that Amazon had secured the rights to develop a television series based upon J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. This caused much speculation among Tolkien fans, would the series be an entirely new take on the War of the Ring, or would it be connected to Peter Jackson’s film trilogy?

Reports began to circulate that Jackson was in talks with Amazon over the show and some speculated that he would serve as a producer for the show, after his lawyer, Peter Nelson, mentioned that he “recently helped start a dialogue” between Amazon and Jackson. However, during an interview with the French outlet Allocine, Jackson confirmed that he’s in no way connected to the show. Read More

Trailer Released for Film Adaptation of Martin Amis’ ‘London Fields’

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Fans of Martin Amis will be pleased to know that one of his most famous novels, London Fields, is headed to the big screen this Summer. The film is being directed by Mathew Cullen and stars Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Isaacs, Theo James, and Johnny Depp. The film has had a long and troubled production history but it seems it has finally been completed and will release in August. A trailer for the upcoming film can be viewed below: Read More