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We Need New Names & Burial Rites in running for Guardian First Book award

Aug 27 2013: The longlist for the Guardian First Book award has been released. The award is worth GBP10,000 (about US$15,600). The winner will be announced in November. The longlisted books are:

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
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    Apple says Feds plan to "give Amazon a significant competitive advantage in ebooks case"

    Aug 27 2013: In court filings posted Monday morning, Apple attorney Orin Snyder responded to the Department of Justice’s revised proposed punishment for the tech company in the ebooks case. Snyder criticized the government for filing "a 12-page broadside masquerading as a brief," ...

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      Crime novelist Elmore Leonard dies

      Aug 20 2013: The prolific crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose books include Get Shorty and Out of Sight, has died in a hospital in Detroit, following a stroke. He was 87 years old, and is survived by 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

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        Millions Qualify for E-book Refunds

        Aug 17 2013: The $166 million USA publishers have agreed to pay to settle e-book price fixing charges could soon begin flowing to consumers - with more than 23 million accounts eligible to receive refunds.

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          Barbara Mertz (aka Elizabeth Peters & Barbara Michaels) dies aged 85

          Aug 09 2013: Barbara Mertz, who wrote more than 35 mysteries under the pseudonym Elizabeth Peters and 29 suspense novels as Barbara Michaels, died yesterday aged 85

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            Elmore Leonard doing well in hospital after stroke

            Aug 06 2013: Crime writer Elmore Leonard suffered a stroke a week ago and remains hospitalized at an undisclosed Detroit area hospital, his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter confirmed today.

            "Elmore had a stroke; it happened a week ago, last Monday," Sutter said. "He's doing ...

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              Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post

              Aug 06 2013: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has signed a contract with the Washington Post Company to purchase its newspaper publishing business and other publishing assets for $250 million. The purchaser is not Amazon.com, but an entity that belongs to Bezos personally.

              The deal covers ...

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                Rowling to donate royalties to Soldier's Charity

                Jul 31 2013: J K Rowling has pledged to donate worldwide publishing royalties from The Cuckoo's Calling to The Soldier's Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund, for a period of three years. Meanwhile Russells, the legal firm which leaked her identity as the author Robert ...

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