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Senate procedural vote gives big thumbs up to Marketplace Fairness Act

Mar 25 2013: On Friday, the Senate voted 75-24 in favor of a budget resolution amendment that supports the right of states to require "remote" retailers to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made in the state. The vote was a very positive procedural move to test support for ...

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    Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop wins Oddest Book Title of the Year

    Mar 22 2013: Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop has been named as the winner of Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. The title won 38% of the public vote, fighting off competition from fellow contenders How Tea Cosies Changed the World and God's Doodle: The Life and Times...

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      Chinua Achebe, grandfather of modern African literature, has died aged 82

      Mar 22 2013: Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, widely seen as a grandfather of modern African literature, has died at the age of 82. Achebe made his name more than 50 years ago with his novel "Things Fall Apart," about his Igbo ethnic group's fatal brush with British ...

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        James Herbert: UK horror author dies aged 69

        Mar 20 2013: Best-selling author James Herbert who wrote the horror classic The Rats, has died aged 69.

        Jeremy Trevathan, his editor for 10 years, described him as "one of the keystone authors in a genre that had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s".

        He is survived by his wife, ...

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          Protests continue over ban of memoir in Chicago schools

          Mar 19 2013: The controversy over the Chicago Public Schools restricting access to Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of her youth in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, continues to roil the nation’s third largest school district, as free speech advocates weigh in.

          Persepolis ...

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            Supreme Court decides that books purchased overseas can be sold in USA, with far reaching consequences

            Mar 19 2013: The Supreme Court have ruled 6-3 that the "first sale doctrine" applies to books purchased overseas. Specifically, the court decided that Supap Kirtsaeng (who is being sued by textbook publisher Wiley) did not violate copyright when he purchased textbooks overseas to ...

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              The bestselling eBooks of 2012

              Mar 18 2013: Publishers Weekly estimate that over 1000 different titles sold 25,000+ ebooks in 2012

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                American Academy of Arts and Letters announces 19 winners

                Mar 14 2013: The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the names of 19 writers who will receive its 2013 awards in literature. The awards will be presented in New York in May at the Academy's annual ceremony. The literature prizes, totaling $175,000, honor both ...

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