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Amazon Debuts a Kindle for Manga in Japan

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Reading graphic novels on an e-reader is about to become a lot easier. In Japan, Amazon is launching a new, limited edition “cartoon” Kindle Paperwhite designed specifically for manga readers, Ars Technica reports.

The beautiful thing about Kindle e-readers is that they're specifically designed to mimic the experience of reading on paper, but the same quality that makes them great for reading text on screen makes them less than perfect for enjoying the integral images found in graphic novels. (An iPad, for example, better serves the medium in digital form.) The cartoon-optimized Kindle may at least make the experience more bearable. It has eight times the storage capacity (32 GB), so it can hold hundreds of image-heavy books, and can turn pages 33 percent faster. The device can also display two-page spreads, unlike other Kindles, so you can look at pages side-by-side.

The new Kindle Paperwhite costs 16,280 yen, or around $157, and is only available from Amazon’s Japanese site. No word on when it might be available for comics lovers in other regions just yet.

[h/t Ars Technica]

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge. Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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