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Petition against Amazon "gangster bullies" gets support from author Anne Rice

Mar 06 2014: Nearly 3,000 people, including author Anne Rice, have signed a petition asking Amazon.com to "protect users and indie publishing authors from bullying and harassment by removing anonymity and requiring identity verification for reviewing and forum participation."

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    Booksellers file documents with Supreme Court arguing to upholding the principle of Virginia v. ABA

    Mar 04 2014: The Media Coalition and a group of booksellers, librarians, publishers and media organizations have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, a case before the Supreme Court, urging the court to "reaffirm the principle that persons who have...

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      Barnes & Noble confirms Nook division will continue to shrink

      Feb 27 2014: In a brief but informative conference call following the release of its third quarter results, Barnes & Noble executives talked about the downsizing of the Nook division, the need for the company to maintain a presence in the digital reading device market as well to ...

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        Kate DiCamillo and ABA Launch Indies First Storytime Day

        Feb 21 2014: Building on the success of the Indies First movement launched last year by Sherman Alexie, the American Booksellers Association today unveiled plans for Indies First Storytime Day, spearheaded by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, the Library of Congress’ 2014 –2015 ...

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          James Patterson giving $1m to indie bookstores. 55 stores benefit to date

          Feb 20 2014: James Patterson has begun disbursing the $1 million he said he would donate this year to independent bookstores to help support them. For now, he's giving $267,000 to 55 bookstores as well as California Bookstore Day. (The checks range from $2,000-$15,000; the average ...

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            Washington D.C. tops most literate US city list for 4th year

            Feb 12 2014: According to the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at Central Connecticut State University, once again Washington, D.C. tops the list of most literate USA cities. The survey has been run annually since at least 2005 and has placed Washington, D.C. top for ...

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              Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?

              Feb 11 2014: The New Yorker has an interesting article on the evolution of Amazon, including that before settling on the name of the world's largest river by volume, founder Jeff Bezos considered calling his fledgling website Relentless.com - which, if you enter the URL, will take ...

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                Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer-winning poet, dies at 88

                Feb 10 2014: Maxine Kumin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose spare, deceptively simple lines explored some of the most complex aspects of human existence — birth and death, evanescence and renewal, and the events large and small conjoining them all — died on Thursday at her home ...

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