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Canada joins US, EU, Australia and New Zealand in clearing Random House, Penguin Group merger

Apr 22 2013: The Canadian Competition Bureau and the Department of Canadian Heritage have approved the merger of Penguin Group and Random House without conditions, joining the U.S., E.U., Australia and New Zealand in clearing the deal. Regulatory authorities in China and several ...

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    Senate may vote on sales tax fairness bill next week

    Apr 19 2013: The U.S. Senate may vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (S.336) as early as next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to bring the bill directly to the floor for a vote without first referring it to the Senate Finance Committee, as reported by ...

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      Pulitzer for Fiction goes to The Orphan Master's Son

      Apr 15 2013: After failing to declare a fiction winner in 2012, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded to Adam Johnson for The Orphan Master's Son. Finalists in fiction included The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About...

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        Granta announces 20 Best Young British Novelists

        Apr 15 2013: The London-based literary journal Granta has announced its new list of Best Young British Novelists (including Zadie Smith and Adam Thirlwell who were on the 2003 list.)

        Naomi Alderman
        Tahmima Anam
        Ned Beauman
        Jenni Fagan
        Adam Foulds
        Xiaolu Guo
        ...

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          Kobo introduces new high res eInk eReader cheaper than Kindle Paperwhite 3G

          Apr 15 2013: Kobo has introduced a new high resolution eInk eReader called the Kobo Aura HD, offering a $169.99 answer to Amazon’s $179.99 Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Like other Kobo devices, the new device lets readers access ePUB titles a format not available on Kindles.

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            Top 10 most challenged books in American libraries

            Apr 15 2013: The American Library Association's list of most challenged books for 2012, based on "464 reports of attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves" includes:

            1. Captain Underpants series, by Dav Pilkey
            2. The Absolutely True ...

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              B&N subsidiary Nook Media launches self publishing e-book program

              Apr 10 2013: Nook Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, has launched Nook Press, a self-publishing e-book program designed with input from PubIt!, B&N's original self-publishing platform, and using technology from partner FastPencil.

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                Colleges testing software that allows professors to monitor usage of e-textbooks

                Apr 09 2013: Nine colleges and universities are testing a Coursesmart program that allows professors to monitor students' usage of e-textbooks. CourseSmart is owned by Pearson, McGraw-Hill and other major publishers, which see an opportunity to cement their dominance in digital ...

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