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I've been resisting the Kindle for a long time, now it seems I am living in the past. A kindle is an electronic book that can hold over 1000 titles. On my way to work I often see my fellow commuters reading from these mini computers whilst I struggle to turn the pages of my heavy 800 page book! However, one of my favourite things in my room is my overflowing bookshelf, and I would hate for that to be empty! Read this article about the Kindle and then complete the gaps with the correct past tense verbs.
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Announced
Imagined
Launched
Shifted
Opened
Exceeded

Kindle e-books outsell print versions for first time ever
Sales of digital e-books have outstripped real books for the first time, according to Amazon.
Four years after the launch of electronic novels, the firm _1_ it has sold 105 e-books for every 100 printed books over the past six weeks.
While e-book sales have previously outsold hardback books, never before have they _2_ sales of all books, in both hardback and paperback forms.
The books can be read on a range of electronic devices - from Kindles to computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads and BlackBerrys.
Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of the publisher *said it was a shock that sales had taken hold of the market so quickly.
He said: 'Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books.
'We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never _3_ it would happen this quickly - we've been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years.'
A novel idea: One e-reader can hold thousands of books2011 appears, so far, to have been a crucial year for e-book sales. Since January Amazon has _4_ more than three times as many Kindle books as it did in the same period last year.
The figures, which are for its U.S. website, are not just limited to cases where both formats are available - they include printed books for which there is no electronic edition.
Free e-books have also not been taken into account, for the sake of fairness.
Outside the U.S., figures are also massively on the rise.
In the U.K., where Amazon's Kindle store_5_ only a year ago, e-books now outsell hardbacks at a ratio of two-to-one.
Amazon began selling hardcover and paperback books in July 1995.
Twelve years later it _6_ e-books and by July 2010 Kindle book sales had surpassed sales of hardbacks.
Six months later Kindle books began outselling paperbacks and now the format is more popular than all text books put together.
The Kindle bookstore offers more than 950,000 books for sale as well as more than 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books.
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1. announced * * 2. exceeded * * 3. imagined * * 4. shifted * * 5. opened * * 6. launched
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What's the best perk of flying first class?
Perk: Advantage or extra benefit.
Do you ever wish you could enjoy your flight in first class bliss? I know I certainly do. Apparently, first class flights will soon be even better than ever.
Read the article below and then put the vocabulary in the correct gap.
Good luck and Bon voyage!


Missing WordsEconomy
Luxury
Gourmet
Perks
Enhancing
Relax
New Perk of Flying First ClassFrom CBC News
As if flying first class weren't already enough of a _1_, American Airlines has upped the ante by announcing it will equip premium passengers with Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablets for their personal entertainment enjoyment.
The 6,000 tablets will allow first-class travelers on certain U.S. flights to _2_ comfortably in their wide, reclining seats while enjoying what the airline calls the most "modern and innovative in-flight entertainment experience."
Samsung describes its tab - the world's thinnest - as having an "ultra-slim, lightweight design, a brilliant 10-inch touchscreen and array of applications _3_ the in-flight entertainment experience."
As for those in _4_ and business class, it seems that tapping at the screen on the back of the seat in front you will be de rigueur until further notice.
But the Samsung tab is just the latest in a string of _5_ that makes flying first class the most enjoyable way to fly the friendly skies. The wide seats, more legroom, _6_ menu, real glassware and cutlery, special check-in and bonus mileage points are all fantastic - or so we hear - but are they worth paying a premium price for?
Useful Vocabularyto up the ante - to increase the quality of something. This was orginally a term used in gambling.
to tap - to touch gently usually with your fingers. "She tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to move out of the way."
de rigueur - required by fashion or custom. A fashionable thing to do.
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1. luxury * * *2. relax * * *3. enhancing * * *4. economy * * *5. perks * * 6. gourment
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Thomas Jefferson disliked the deference in the early American buildings to the architecture of Georgian England, which served as a constant reminder of monarchial tyranny and the bloody years of the War of Independence. He aspired to a more timeless architecture, based at 5 first on his favored Renaissance styles, which in turn were based on the architecture of ancient Rome.What made Jefferson’s buildings especially American was the way they were integrated into the landscape. His beloved home, Monticello, 10 was pushed into a hilltop so that its spreading service wings would not obstruct the sweeping panorama of the Blue Ridge Mountains visible from the house. The building became a part of the hill and made possible views of tilled lowlands to the east and a rugged wilderness that stretched to the west.
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All of Jefferson’s buildings were created with a clear view to utility and with a special relationship to the landscape. He favored grassy terraces with views if possible to the mountains. But his buildings also showed his idealism, to serve as examples of good architecture, 20 which usually meant the architecture of classical antiquity, which was for him the architecture of a republic.
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1. What is the purpose of the passage?
(A) To show how American architecture has been based on English architecture.(B) To introduce various types of American architecture.(C) To explain how republican architecture came into existence.(D) To describe Thomas Jefferson’s taste in architecture.
2. In what way were Jefferson’s buildings very American? (A) They were built on mountains.(B) They were a reminder of the War of Independence.(C) They blended with the natural environment.
3. What was NOT true about Jefferson’s buildings? (A) They were very practical.(B) They were copies of English architecture.(C) They were a part of the landscape.(D) They often had lawn terraces.
4. What does the author feel Jefferson considered a good architect? (A) Someone who followed his own ideals.(B) Someone who designed mainly public buildings.(C) Someone who only copied classical architecture.(D) Someone who cared more for beauty than practicality.
5. What is the tone of the passage? (A) Against Jefferson’s style.(B) Critical of his love of classical architecture.(C) Regretful he did not follow the style of the English.(D) Neutral.(D) They were loved by Americans as homes.
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