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– With the opening of the new £188 million Library of Birmingham it seems that, with a bit of pomp, libraries may still survive into the future. Of course, there is no veering from the course of technology…

…iPhone-using Booklovers in the US have something to smile about, as the new reading app, Oyster, has recently launched. Not to be confused with the London transport scheme; this app, which aptly (pun!) takes its name from Shakespeare’s “the world’s mine oyster”, offers unlimited eBooks to readers for around $10 a month: basically the Netflix of the modern literary world. Unfortunately there are no current plans to expand the app beyond US borders, but this is exciting (possibly) news nonetheless for the future of virtual libraries.

– The tactile appreciation of book covers is one thing that cannot be replicated virtually – proof of which can be found over at Hypable, who have featured the gorgeous-looking Bloomsbury covers of the new UK Adult Edition release of the Harry Potter series. These books will be released September 26th: http://bit.ly/1e5MHYl

– On 5th September, Faber and Faber in the UK released Sylvia Plath: Drawings, a collection of sketches created by the poet and author in the period from 1955, printed and published now for the first time. Of great interest to those eager to see more of Plath’s work.

– In DC Comics news a rather high-profile dual resignation has occurred. J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman announced their exit from the Batwoman series last week, claiming that editorial decisions concerning the character’s storylines were to blame. Having successfully re-launched the character, Kate Kane, as a lesbian in a pioneering storyline from DC, the writers were apparently continually ordered to drop extensively planned story arcs at the last minute, namely Kate’s wedding to her girlfriend, Maggie.

– In less disconcerting DC news, the New 52’s latest gimmick is coming into effect with Villains Month, where superhero series will be replaced with one-shot villain-led books during September.

– British bookies are calling Haruki Murakami the favourite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this October, with US writer Joyce Carol Oates a close second.

– Flavorwire have compiled a far-in-advance-of Halloween selection of famous authors as their monstrous alter-egos: http://bit.ly/1fN0Sgk

– And finally, Agatha Christie’s master sleuth Hercule Poirot will be returning in a brand new tale for September 2014, which is to be penned by British novelist and poet Sophie Hannah.

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