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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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            We Need New Names & Burial Rites in running for Guardian First Book award

            Aug 27 2013: The longlist for the Guardian First Book award has been released. The award is worth GBP10,000 (about US$15,600). The winner will be announced in November. The longlisted books are:

            We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
            Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
            Kiss Me ...

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              Apple says Feds plan to "give Amazon a significant competitive advantage in ebooks case"

              Aug 27 2013: In court filings posted Monday morning, Apple attorney Orin Snyder responded to the Department of Justice’s revised proposed punishment for the tech company in the ebooks case. Snyder criticized the government for filing "a 12-page broadside masquerading as a brief," ...

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                Crime novelist Elmore Leonard dies

                Aug 20 2013: The prolific crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose books include Get Shorty and Out of Sight, has died in a hospital in Detroit, following a stroke. He was 87 years old, and is survived by 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

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