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Iain Banks announces he has inoperable late-stage cancer

Apr 03 2013: Author Iain Banks has announced that he has inoperable late-stage metastatic gall bladder cancer and is "extremely unlikely" to live for more than another year. He and his partner Adele have just married and, at the time of his announcement, are on a short honeymoon.

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    Random House to publish book by 17-year-old Wattpad star

    Apr 03 2013: Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has announced that it will publish e-book and print editions of The Kissing Booth, a debut book by Beth Reekles, a 17-year-old from Wales which has received more than 19 million reads and 40,000 comments to ...

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      Amazon to buy Goodreads for an undisclosed sum

      Mar 29 2013: Amazon.com has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013.

      The purchase comes amid mounting rumors that ...

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        France moves to protect independent bookstores

        Mar 27 2013: French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti has unveiled part of the government's plan to shore up independent booksellers. Filippetti observed that the government wants to ensure France "never suffers the same fate as the United States" with "the collapse of several [...

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          B&N reduces number of S&S books in stores as financial dispute escalates

          Mar 25 2013: Barnes & Noble has sharply reduced the number of Simon & Schuster titles it carries in its stores as well as the promotion it gives those books as a result of a financial dispute between the two companies. The dispute, which one publishing executive likened to a ...

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            Senate procedural vote gives big thumbs up to Marketplace Fairness Act

            Mar 25 2013: On Friday, the Senate voted 75-24 in favor of a budget resolution amendment that supports the right of states to require "remote" retailers to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made in the state. The vote was a very positive procedural move to test support for ...

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              Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop wins Oddest Book Title of the Year

              Mar 22 2013: Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop has been named as the winner of Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. The title won 38% of the public vote, fighting off competition from fellow contenders How Tea Cosies Changed the World and God's Doodle: The Life and Times...

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                Chinua Achebe, grandfather of modern African literature, has died aged 82

                Mar 22 2013: Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, widely seen as a grandfather of modern African literature, has died at the age of 82. Achebe made his name more than 50 years ago with his novel "Things Fall Apart," about his Igbo ethnic group's fatal brush with British ...

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