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Romance readers rejoice! From today through Friday, September 22, Stuff Your E-Reader Day lets you nab thousands of free romance ebooks for download, though all our favorite ebook retailers have free books of all genres also available (more on that later).
If you like romance novels (I've read them now and again), here's your chance.
 
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Banning of book banning. :cheer:

New California law bars schoolbook bans based on racial and LGBTQ topics
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Monday prohibiting school boards across the state from banning books, instructional materials or curricula categorized as inclusive or diverse.

Under the new law, which went into effect immediately after its signing, the state can fine schools that would block textbooks and library books that allow students to learn about diverse communities.

The bill — formally known as AB 1078 — also authorizes Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction, to purchase instructional materials for school districts, regain costs from the purchases and determine whether to fine school boards if they do not abide by the state's updated instructional standards.
 

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Authors shocked to find AI ripoffs of their books being sold on Amazon

Cellan-Jones’s book, Sylvia, Me and the BBC, describes how he discovered a shoebox of letters from his mother detailing her love affair with his father, a BBC TV director he first met at the age of 23, and how she came to spend most of her life in a one-bedroom south London flat. It is, he said, “about growing up with a single mother and a father who wasn’t there”.
The book rivalling his family detective story was “complete fantasy”, Cellan-Jones said. “There are passages about an academic family sat around the table. His father, a kindly academic; his mother, a teacher. Just baloney.

“Then Amazon sent an email saying: ‘You might like this.’ Their algorithm decided this was a bloody book I would want rather than recommending the book I’ve slaved over. They’re effectively allowing book spam and recommending it to the very person who is most annoyed by it.”
 

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The ongoing efforts to right this ship.

Reminds me of a small town that tried to ban "foreign religions" and was shocked to learn that would include Christianity. If you like the idea of strong law and order but have NO CLUE how a legal system works, you might be MAGA...