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From Apple's latest shiny playthings to the best smartphones from Google, we pick our favourite gadgets of 2013

John Lewis finds a few reasons to be cheerful

John Lewis gave some cause for Christmas cheer yesterday, revealing that its sales last week reached £85.2m, an increase of 11.6 per cent over the previous seven days.

James Moore: Amazon boss must kick his tablet habit

It will be a bitter pill for Jeff Bezos to swallow, but he needs to kick his addiction to tablets. Drug habits are always costly, and Mr Bezos's has already cost him more than $4.5bn (£2.8bn) in terms of the fall in the value of his Amazon shareholding. This came as a result of his company reporting a 73 per cent fall in third-quarter income, well below what analysts had expected, as a result of it pouring money into an attempt to take a bite out of Apple.

James Moore: Amazon chief needs to kick his addiction to tablets and concentrate on what he already has

Outlook It will be a bitter pill for Jeff Bezos to swallow, but he needs to kick his addiction to tablets. Drug habits are always costly, and Mr Bezos's has already cost him more than $4.5bn (£2.8bn) in terms of the fall in the value of his Amazon shareholding. This came as a result of his company reporting a 73 per cent fall in third quarter income, well below what analysts had expected, as a result of it pouring money into an attempt to take a bite out of Apple.

Amazon fights Apple with Fire

Amazon launched the range of products it hopes will take a bite out of Apple's dominance of the tablet market yesterday. But the centrepiece Kindle Fire – a potential rival to the iPad – will only be available in the US, the company's CEO, Jeff Bezos said.

Barnes & Noble pins its hopes on Nook e-reader

Barnes & Noble, the largest chain of bookshops in the US, said sales of physical books are sliding sharply at its stores and it no longer expects any of the company's growth to come from that traditional business.

Tom Sutcliffe: My reading finally meets its Waterloo

The week in culture

$84m James Patterson tops best-paid authors list

Author James Patterson earned a thrilling $84m last year, topping Forbes magazine's annual look at the world's best-paid authors.

Boyd Tonkin: Not one more library must close

The week in books

Brian Viner: How I miss poolside book snobbery

We all know that you can't judge a book by its cover, but you can surely judge people by the covers of their books. Or could, until the Kindle and iPad came along to ruin that peculiar paperback snobbery that the British middle classes take on holiday as surely as they take the Factor 30 and the floppy straw hat.

Katy Guest: Mumsnetters have a code, and they are not alone, BTW

Look away now, all of you who thought that SMOG was an acronym for a society of geeks called the Secret Masters of Gaming.

The sun lounger also rises...but not just yet

Don't even try to kid yourself that this holiday will see you wading through literary tomes or worthy political memoirs. We know what you want

The long-form resurrection: Will snappy websites kill off lengthy magazine reads?

A new set of online curators that collect the best non-fiction suggests otherwise.

Johann Hari: How to survive the age of distraction

Read a book with your laptop thrumming. It can feel like trying to read in the middle of a party where everyone is shouting

Self-published author joins Kindle's elite million-seller list

An insurance salesman from Kentucky has become the first self-published author to sell one million e-books for the Kindle electronic reader.

Leading article: The writing's on the wall

Publishers will be trembling. So will agents and editors. And so will the owners of small bookshops throughout the land, and beyond. A chap called John Locke has just sold his millionth book on Amazon. And all without a tree being felled.

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Power dressing is back

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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