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May 4, 2012 @ 1:10:00 am

New digital printing technology that will be unveiled at Düsseldorf, Germany’s drupa exhibition (a quadrennial affair known as “the Olympics of printing") is said to as capable of high-quality printing as any tablet reader, and could herald a "second digital revolution in printing."

After Orwell, what happened to depictions of poverty in fiction? Roger Crum argues that despite the global recession, “writers show no sign of exploring deprivation or exigency.” One commenter suggests the reason is because “taking a holiday in other people's misery is no longer as easy a route to literary fame as it once was,” while another recommends Barbara Demmick's Nothing to Envy and Dave Eggers's What is the What as contemporary examples.

Time, Bloomberg Business Week, and The New Yorker win big at the National Magazine awards. Longreads links to all the nominees. For more insight into the gender disparity surrounding the nominations in the categories of Reporting, Features, Profiles, Essays, or Columns—and by disparity, we mean that no women were nominated at all—two editors at Mother Jones sat down to chat with American Society of Magazine Editors' chief Sid Holt.

Courtesy of LitReactor, here’s a quick and dirty guide to philosophy’s role in popular literature.

Bestselling Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho has convinced his HarperCollins to let him sell electronic versions of his books for ninety-nine cents in the U.S. and Canada. The move to make his books cost “less than a cup of coffee” is something Coelho says he’s been advocating for years.

Based on W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, Grant Gee’s feature documentary Patience (After Sebald) is an appropriately meandering reflection on one of the 20th century’s most influential writers. Patterned on a walk through East Anglia, the film opens in New York on May 9.