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Amazon to launch virtual currency in May

Feb 06 2013: Amazon will launch its own currency in May with the debut of "Amazon Coins" (each coin is worth one cent), which Kindle Fire customers can spend in the Amazon Appstore. The online retailer said it plans to distribute "tens of millions of dollars' worth of free Amazon ...

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    Mantel sweeps the floor with Man Booker Prize, on top of two Costa Awards

    Jan 30 2013: Hilary Mantel has won the Costa Book of the Year award for "Bring Up the Bodies," the first time an author has received that prize and the Man Booker Prize for the same novel.

    Mantel won the Man Booker Prize for "Wolf Hall" in 2009 and again in 2012 for "Bring Up ...

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      Amazon: Ebooks soaring, print slowing; net loss $39m

      Jan 30 2013: In a statement accompanying its fourth quarter and full year results for 2012, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos summed up where he sees the future of book retailing heading - especially for his company. "We're now seeing the transition we've been expecting," said Bezos. "...

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        Advertising coming to a Kindle near you soon...

        Jan 29 2013: Amazon is reportedly readying an advertising push for displays on Kindle e-readers after pitching a range of products to marketers in Seattle.

        The Financial Times has reported that personalised advertisements will appear on its websites and Kindle devices along with ...

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          Winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals announced

          Jan 29 2013: The American Library Association's annual awards have been announced.

          The Newbery medal went to Katherine Applegate for The One and Only Ivan and The Randolph Caldecott went to Jon Klassen for This is Not My Hat.

          The full and very extensive list of winners can be...

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            Barnes and Noble to close one-third of stores over next 10 years

            Jan 28 2013: Barnes & Noble has announced that it will likely close about a third of its 689 retail stores over the next decade. According to Mitchell Klipper, CEO of B&N's retail group, the slimmed down chain represents "a good business model," as currently only about 20 stores ...

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              Pride and Prejudice published 200 years ago today

              Jan 28 2013: Happy Birthday to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" - published 200 years ago today

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                Macmillan Starting E-book Library Lending Pilot

                Jan 25 2013: Macmillan has announced that it will begin its first e-book library lending program by the end of the first quarter. It will offer libraries over 1,200 backlist e-books from its Minotaur Books imprint via Baker & Taylor, OverDrive and 3M. All books will be priced the ...

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