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Amazon cuts off 5200 affiliates in Minnesota

Jun 19 2013: With Minnesota's online sales tax law due to take effect July 1, Amazon has played a familiar card by cutting ties with 5,200 members of its Associates program in the state, the Pioneer Press reported. The online retailer has previously taken comparable action in other ...

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    Author & journalist Michael Hastings killed in car crash

    Jun 19 2013: Author and journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday at the age of 33. The author of two nonfiction books about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he will probably be best remembered for his Rolling Stone interview with General Stanley ...

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      Kenn Nesbitt is new Children's Poet Laureate

      Jun 12 2013: Kenn Nesbitt has been named the new Children's Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children's Poetry to the Poetry Foundation, which noted that the two-year position comes with a $25,000 prize and "aims to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and ...

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        Iain Banks dies aged 59

        Jun 09 2013: Author Iain Banks has died aged 59, two months after announcing he had terminal cancer.

        He was best known for his novels The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity.

        In a statement, his publisher said he was "an irreplaceable part of the literary world".

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          Tom Sharpe, Porterhouse Blue novelist, dies aged 85

          Jun 06 2013: British author Tom Sharpe, author of more than a dozen comedic novels including Porterhouse Blue (1974) and Blott on the Landscape (1975), has died aged 85.

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            French government pledges further $11.8 million dollars to support independent booksellers

            Jun 05 2013: Aurélie Filippetti, the French culture minister, is "mulling a ban on free postage offers and a current system allowing 5% discounts on books". She has also announced a €9 million (about $11.8 million) joint plan with French publishers to support independent booksellers...

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              A. M. Homes wins Women's Prize for Fiction for May We Be Forgiven

              Jun 05 2013: May We Be Forgiven, an often breathtakingly dark and crazy satire on modern American life caused a literary upset on Wednesday night when it won the women's prize for fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) beating novels by Zadie Smith, Kate Atkinson and the bookies' ...

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                China approves Penguin-Random House merger; completion set for next month

                Jun 03 2013: Penguin Group and Random House confirm that China's antitrust authority has "cleared the planned merger of Penguin Group and Random House without conditions." China was the final international approval needed for the deal to go through - so Bertelsmann and Pearson plan ...

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