US book retailer stands by Nook despite e-books' Christmas calamity

Barnes & Noble launched a defiance defence of its Nook business despite a calamitous performance from e-books over the crucial Christmas trading period.

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Jonathan Rendall: Writer on boxing and gambling who lived life close to the edge

The theme of Jonathan Rendall's writing life was risk. He came to prominence in the late 1980s as a vital new voice covering that most literary of sports, boxing, and captured in urgent, seductive prose the risk to life and limb that assails a fighter every time he enters the ring. But the risk came closer to home too. Rendall wrote about playing the odds in a book called, ominously, Twelve Grand. The terms of the contract with his publisher were that he would take his advance – the titular £12,000 – and gamble it. It's one measure of how well the gambling paid that later in life he would joke about a sequel called Twelve Quid.

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The tiny northeast Indian state of Meghalaya has a special fascination for interesting and sometimes controversial names

Oddest Book Title of the Year: What have pigeon lofts, goblinproofing, Hitler and penises got in common?

Forget the Oscars – the real contest this awards season is between pigeon lofts, tea cosies and pencil sharpeners.

Irfan Khalid and Irfan Naseer arriving at Birmingham airport

Birmingham terror cell: how Pakistan terror training fuelled rivalries over 'armchair extremism'

The two Irfans spoke of how they cowered for hours in 45 Celsius heat to avoid being attacked by drone missiles in a graphic description of life in terror camps in the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan.

Between the covers: Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet, opposite Colin Firth's Mr Darcy, in the acclaimed 1995 BBC adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'

Life lessons for students from Elizabeth Bennett

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is celebrating its 200-year anniversary this year, and is still regarded as one of the country's favourite novels, coming second place in the BBC’s Big Read mission to find the nation’s best-loved book.

Irfan Khalid (left), Irfan Naseer and Ashik Ali, all from Birmingham, who were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being

Guilty: the ringleaders who plotted a terror spectacular to rival 9/11

Police hails success of the largest counter-terrorism operation since airline plot of 2006

Review: Marry Me, By Dan Rhodes

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Beavis and Butt-Head writer up for children's book award

One of the writers behind cult comedy Beavis and Butt-Head has been shortlisted for a prestigious children's book prize.

Yellow Pages released from price cap

The struggling owner of the Yellow Pages will be boosted by the lifting of an outdated advertising price cap on the telephone directory this week.

Café Also, 1255 Finchley Road, Golders Green, London

Restaurants and literature are such natural bedfellows, it's amazing nobody's done this before. Remember Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler? Or The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers? Remember the little Parisian cafés where Ernest Hemingway claimed (in A Moveable Feast) he used to write when living on next to nothing in 1920s Paris?

Between the Covers 27/01/2013

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How HMV missed a critical opportunity to innovate

Sticking to physical goods was its downfall, writes Martin Hickman

So Tate Modern's had 5.3m visitors, but do gallery visitor numbers really add up to all that much?

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