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Google Nexus 10: The most potent alternative to iPad?

Google Nexus 10 is good, but definitely not an iPad killer

When the Apple iPad was rolled by the legendary Steve Jobs few years back, the fanfare surrounding it was something extraordinary. Several companies, primarily Samsung, tried to match its success, and failed. But, do we have a game changer on hand in the form of Google Nexus 10?

4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: BJ's Wholesale

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, warehouse club operator BJ's Wholesale Club(NYSE: BJ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

5 Books You've Got to Read

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Library books returned after 60 years

Boston -- The Boston Public Library said it received a pair of books in the mail that were due Sept. 21, 1950.

Library officials said the books, "Autobiography by John Stuart Mill" and "The Writings of Henry David Thoreau," arrived in a package Tuesday with an unsigned, handwritten note, the Boston Herald reported Thursday.

"I came across these two books that don't belong to me, they belong to you. I must have taken them out when I was a college student in Boston," the note read. "I did not mean to keep them. ... I am returning them to whom they belong, that is you and the people of the city of Boston."

Jerry Lee Lewis penning memoir

New York -- U.S. rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis is writing a memoir to be published in 2012 by It Books, the imprint of HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday.

The book was acquired at auction by Cal Morgan, vice president and editorial director of It Books.

"I have spent my life listening to those who know so little say so much about me and my life," Lewis said in a statement. "I am ready to say a whole lot about why I lived my life the way I did. People can read it, burn it or never give it another thought. Either way the truth is about to be told and I'm the only man still standing who can touch it."

Morgan said Lewis "personifies the American story in all its richness and contradiction."

Seinfeld a novelist? What's the deal?

New York -- U.S. comedian Jerry Seinfeld is believed the man behind a series of books that capture Seinfeld-like situations and jokes, the New York Post reported.

Circumstantial evidence is strong that Seinfeld is behind the series of Ted L. Nancy books that debuted in 1997, the Post said Sunday.

Exhibit A: Jokes sounding like they came from a "Seinfeld" episode, such Nancy's announcing the creation of the "Yumbrella," an umbrella that's edible after a rain.

Exhibit B: Suspiciously Seinfeldian comic letters to businesses, celebrities and politicians worldwide.

Then there's Exhibit C, the forward in the newest Nancy installment, "All New Letters from a Nut: Includes Lunatic Email Exchanges":

Prof: Found Books predate 'world's oldest'

Daegu, South Korea -- A professor at a South Korean university said he discovered 12 books printed with movable metal type that are 100 years older than the official oldest book.

Nam Kwon-heui, a professor at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, said he found 12 books in a Seoul gallery that appear to have been printed at least 138 years prior to "Jikji," a Buddhist tome first printed with movable metal type in 1377, Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization officially certified "Jinkji" in 2001 as the oldest metal-print book in the world.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Howard, Grazer to adapt 'Dark Tower' books

Los Angeles -- Hollywood director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will try to bring Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" novels to the big screen.

The Hollywood Reporter said the rights to the seven-book fantasy Western series have reverted back to author King after J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company held them briefly and couldn't figure out how to adapt them.

Howard, Grazer and Goldsman are in talks to start the series as a film that could then lead into a television drama, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

The trio has previously worked on the movies "A Beautiful Mind," "Cinderella Man," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons."

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Kindle becomes most gifted Amazon item ever

Seattle, December 27 -- The post-Christmas annual statement by has revealed that its Kindle e-book has become the most-gifted Amazon item ever this Christmas.