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National Book Foundation to bestow lifetime awards on E. L. Doctorow and Maya Angelou

Sep 05 2013: The National Book Foundation will award its 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to E. L. Doctorow and bestow its 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to Dr. Maya Angelou at the 64th National Book ...

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    Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson to star in Fifty Shades of Grey

    Sep 03 2013: Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, the Universal Pictures and Focus Features adaptation of the bestselling book series. Newcomer Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, will play the role of ...

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      Kindle MatchBook to allow customers to purchase discounted Kindle editions of print books they have already bought

      Sep 03 2013: Amazon have announced that from October those who have purchased certain print books from Amazon will be able to buy the Kindle ebook version at a discounted price. Currently the program offers about 10,000 titles, including titles from Amazon's own publishing program ...

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        New Kindle Paperwhite lets GoodReads members rate and share directly from Kindle

        Sep 03 2013: Amazon will start shipping a new version of the Kindle Paperwhite at the end of September with improved contrast and better lighting. The new device, which will be priced at $119, also allows Goodreads members to rate books and share passages directly from the Kindle.

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          Science fiction Grand Master Frederik Pohl dies aged 93.

          Sep 03 2013: Science fiction Grand Master Frederik Pohl died over the weekend aged 93. A contemporary of Isaac Asimov, Jack Vance and James Blish, Pohl was one of the last survivors of Science Fiction's "Golden Age". Lecturer, editor and prolific writer, he won numerous awards ...

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            Poet Seamus Heaney dies aged 74

            Aug 30 2013: Seamus Heaney, considered by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, has died aged 74. During his distinguished literary career he received many honors including the TS Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize, and the Nobel prize for literature. He was also an Honorary Fellow ...

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              St Martin's Press publisher Matthew Shear dies aged 57

              Aug 30 2013: Matthew Shear, publisher of St. Martin's Press, died Wednesday aged 57. In his "Final Salute to Matthew Shear from His Friends in the Flatiron" Macmillan CEO John Sargent writes:

              For the last three years, every other Thursday, he endured chemotherapy. He dealt with ...

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                April sales data for USA shows $ sales of adult ebooks at parity with adult paperbacks

                Aug 28 2013: In April, total net book sales in the USA fell 3.1% compared to April 2012.

                The adult ebook market rose and the adult paperback book fell so that the two markets are now worth about the same amount (albeit based on a small snapshot of one month of data). Adult ...

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