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World Book Night USA to cease citing expense. UK WBN to continue

Jul 02 2014: After three years World Book Night in America is to cease. In a statement, executive director Carl Lennertz cited lack of outside funding as the main reason for ending the book-giving project: "The expenses of running World Book Night U.S., even given the significant ...

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    All The Birds Singing by Evie Wyld wins Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's most prestigious book prize.

    Jun 27 2014: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld has won the $60,000 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's most prestigious book prize, honoring a novel "of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian life in any of its phases." The book was published in the U....

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      FAA reconfirms ban on Amazon drones & other "model aircraft" from delivering commercial packages

      Jun 26 2014: After a federal judge ruled in March that the Federal Aviation Administration had acted illegally in banning the use of commercial drones to deliver packages because it had not first taken public input, the FAA has reconfirmed its ruling that Amazon cannot use drones to...

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        B&N to break into 2 public companies: Retail stores and College bookstores + Nook

        Jun 25 2014: The Barnes & Noble board of directors has given its approval to separate B&N into two public companies with one holding the retail trade stores and the other holding its Nook operations plus the college bookstores. The hope is to complete the transactions by the first ...

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          Hachette to buy Perseus Books Group - plans to keep publishing imprints but immediately sell on distribution to Ingram

          Jun 24 2014: The owners of the Perseus Books Group have agreed to a sale of the company, in an unusual three-way transaction. All things being equal, Hachette Book Group is purchasing PBG, and then in turn will sell to Ingram Content Group Perseus's extensive distribution companies....

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            Hachette employee speaks off the record about Amazon's "inventive" tactics to charge for standard services

            Jun 23 2014: The New York Times spoke with an unnamed employee at Hachette who speaking off the record about Amazon's dispute with Hachette says that Amazon has been demanding payments for a range of services, including the pre-order button, personalized recommendations and a ...

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              Sir Salman Rushdie awarded Pen Pinter prize

              Jun 20 2014: Sir Salman Rushdie has been named the recipient of this year's Pen Pinter prize. The Pen Pinter was established in 2009 in memory of British writer Harold Pinter, by writers' charity English Pen. Sir Salman said it was "very moving" to win an award named after his "...

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                Author of English classroom classic, "Flowers for Algernon" dies aged 86

                Jun 18 2014: Daniel Keyes, the author of “Flowers for Algernon,” the story of a man with an I.Q. of 68 who temporarily becomes a genius after surgery — a book that inspired the film “Charly,” starring Cliff Robertson — died on Sunday at his home in South Florida. He was 86.

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