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Giffords Narrates Last Chapter of Her Audiobook

Public can hear her voice for first time since shooting

(Newser) - Another milestone to mark in Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery: In the audio edition of her upcoming memoir, the congresswoman herself reads aloud the last chapter. A spokesperson confirms to the Arizona Republic that Giffords has completed the recording for Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope , to be released Nov. 15.... More »

Poor? You Can Still Save the World

20 ways to make a charitable donation without emptying your wallet

(Newser) - Even if the Great Recession has left you without a lot of disposable income, you can still help make the world a better place. The Christian Science Monitor rounds up no- and low-budget ways you can help by donating:
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O'Reilly's Naughty Bedtime Story Sweeps Web

(Newser) - Bill O’Reilly’s 1998 crime novel Those Who Trespass has already caused him some embarrassment, given that one character is a ticked-off TV journalist who murders his rivals. But the Fox News host also recorded an audiobook version, which Village Voice blogger Alan Scherstuhl has mined for gems—namely... More »

Authors Can Silence Talking Kindle: Amazon

(Newser) - Amazon has bowed to pressure from the Authors Guild and will allow authors and publishers to disable the controversial text-to-speech feature on its Kindle e-reader, the Los Angeles Times reports. Authors contend that the function essentially turns the e-book into an audio book, a contract violation. “They created a... More »

Time for Obama to Channel Foul-Mouthed Buddy—Again

Audiobook snippets are surprisingly timely

(Newser) - Now that things are getting nasty in the stimulus fight, the Boston Phoenix has a suggestion for Barack Obama: Channel your potty-mouthed pal Ray. In the audio version of his autobiography, the Phoenix notes that Obama does an impression of his high school friend, complete with f-bombs, racial slurs, and... More »

Audio Books Lose Copy Protection

Major publishers' downloads can be played on all devices

(Newser) - Some major book publishers are planning to remove anticopying protections from digital audio books, allowing customers who download them to transfer the files between their computers and portable players. The world’s biggest publisher, Random House, will offer all its audio books as unrestricted MP3s this month, reports the New ... More »

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