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Amazon raises minimum "free super saver shipping" order to $35

Oct 23 2013: Amazon has raised its minimum order for "Free Super Saver Shipping" from $25 to $35, saying to customers that "this is the first time in more than a decade that Amazon has altered the minimum order for free shipping in the U.S."

Analyst Paulo Santos describes the ...

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    Get your textbooks delivered by drone!

    Oct 18 2013: Australia may soon be the first country in the world to see commercial courier deliveries by drone, if a launch by a textbook rental service and an Australian tech start-up goes according to plan. From March next year and pending regulatory approval, students will be ...

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      National Book Award Finalists announced

      Oct 16 2013: The National Book Award finalists have been announced (with half of the titles coming from the newly formed Penguin Random House. The winners will be announced on November 20:

      Fiction
      Tenth of December, George Saunders (Random House)
      The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri ...

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        Eleanor Catton wins Booker Prize for The Luminaries

        Oct 15 2013: New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has, at the age of 28, become the youngest ever winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries (published in the USA today).

        Chair of judges Robert Macfarlane described The Luminaries as a "dazzling work, ...

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          McDonald's to give away 20 million books

          Oct 10 2013: For the first two weeks in November, McDonald’s in the USA plans to distribute children’s books with their happy meals. Five nutrition themed books will be offered with 20 million total copies; all five have been written for McDonalds. This promotion follows a somewhat...

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            Canadian author Alice Munro wins the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

            Oct 10 2013: Canadian author Alice Munro has won the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature for 2013. The Swedish Academy explained "She has taken an art form, the short story, which has tended to come a little bit in the shadow behind the novel, and she has cultivated it almost ...

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              The Dinner by Herman Koch becomes most translated modern Dutch novel

              Oct 02 2013: Herman Koch's novel The Dinner (published in the U.S. by Hogarth) has reached a milestone: it is now the most translated modern Dutch novel. According to the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the book has been sold in 37 countries, and will be published in 33 languages, ...

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                Tom Clancy dead aged 66

                Oct 02 2013: Tom Clancy died yesterday, October 1. He was 66. The bestselling author’s career began with the publication of The Hunt for Red October, originally published by the Naval Institute Press before being acquired by Putnam in 1984. The book went on to be a blockbuster movie...

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