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This week, Jeff and Amanda talk about the woeful lack of diversity in the publishing industry, the prospects of American Idol-like contests for writers, the relatively high price of ebooks, Alison Bechdel winning a Macarthur genius award, new books, and more. This week’s episode is sponsored by TryAudiobooks.comSquarespace, and Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan.

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Links discussed in the show:

Publishing’s diversity problem

Amazon to create American Idol-influenced project 

La Casa Azul donating books to refugee children

Alison Bechdel wins Macarthur genius award

New Kindles: the Kindle for Kids is kinda interesting

Dan Brown adaptation news!

New books discussed in the show:

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix


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