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Penguin Settles with Justice Department, ahead of Random House merger

Dec 19 2012: Penguin Group is settling the e-book pricing suit brought by the Justice Department in April. At the time, the publisher had vowed to fight the suit, but in October that approach was put into doubt when Penguin and Random House announced plans to merge next year. ...

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    Ebook reader sales fall precipitously as tablet sales rise

    Dec 14 2012: Market research firm IHS iSuppli says that after "spectacular" growth during the past few years, the e-book reader market is now on an "alarmingly precipitous decline," due to the growing popularity of tablets - down an estimated 36 percent this year and anticipated 27 ...

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      Amazon to collect sales tax in Massachusetts from Nov 2013

      Dec 12 2012: Under an agreement announced Tuesday between Amazon and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Massachusetts beginning Nov. 1, 2013. In a statement from Patrick's office, Amazon and Massachusetts will "work together ...

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        The Kindle Store, now available in Canada

        Dec 10 2012: Amazon has launched a Kindle Store in Canada, but has yet to officially announce its existence.

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          Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and The Casual Vacancy to be serialized by BBC in 2013 and 2014

          Dec 04 2012: The BBC has commissioned a six-part series based on Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke which is scheduled for release in 2013. The BBC is also planning an adaptation of J.K. Rowling's A Casual Vacancy for 2014.

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            Three Cups of Tea author dies aged 49

            Dec 03 2012: David Oliver Relin, a journalist and adventurer who achieved acclaim as co-author of the best seller Three Cups of Tea (2006) and then suffered emotionally and financially as basic facts in the book were called into question, died Nov. 15 in Multnomah County, Ore. He ...

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              E.L. James Named PW's Publishing Person of the Year

              Nov 30 2012: The author of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, E.L. James, has been named Publishers Weekly's Publishing Person of the Year for 2012.

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                Kevin Powers wins the Guardian First Book Award for "The Yellow Birds"

                Nov 30 2012: Kevin Powers has won the Guardian first book award for The Yellow Birds, which takes its title from a US army marching song and has drawn comparisons with Cormac McCarthy and Ernest Hemingway.

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