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On the Books: Sherlock Holmes will stay in the public domain

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Prepare yourself for a spike in Sherlock adaptations. The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case brought by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate that would have required authors writing about the iconic character to pay licensing fees. The announcement leaves a June decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the Doyle estate intact. The legal battled started last year when Pegasus attempted to publish In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, an anthology filled with stories about Sherlock by modern authors. The Doyle estate demanded a licensing fee; one of the book’s editors, Leslie S. Klinger, sued and won. [L.A. Times]

We already know Russians have arguably the best literature. But they’re about get the best commutes, too. Pretty soon, Moscow’s metro system will roll out a digital library of more than 100 classic Russian novels, so that commuters won’t have to carry the massive physical tomes with them. Passengers will only need to scan a code onboard trains with their smartphone or tablet to browse the virtual shelves. You still might need to bring your own copy of The Wealth of Nations. [The Guardian]

E-reader companies stateside are taking a different tack regarding mass consumption. Kindle-producers Amazon released data breaking down the passages from notable books that resonate with the most people. The company released which excerpts fared best from novels including Pride and PrejudiceThe Lord of the RingsA Wrinkle in Time, and all the Harry Potter books. EW‘s favorite is this nugget from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” [The Atlantic]

Does the wizarding world watch Sesame Street? Does it even have mass entertainment for little kids? If not, a recent video from the classic TV show will make little wizards and witches jealous of their Muggle counterparts. In a fake trailer from Sesame Street (how meta is this getting?) Cookie Monster advances his apparently thriving acting career with the lead role in Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies. Instead of the Triwizard Tournament, Furry Potter sorts cookies—with none other than Professor Crumblemore. [Bustle]

Parents, take note: When you read your kids a book, there’s a right way and a wrong way. Over the weekend, author Neil Gaiman—the guy behind adult fiction like American Gods, as well as young adult fiction like Coraline—spoke about how he reads to his kids. His four tips included doing character voices, incorporating physical body language, using physical books kids can hold, and repeating this procedure at the same time every day. [Mediabistro]