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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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