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Wall Street Journal blames Justice Department for Amazon-Hachette dispute

Jun 03 2014: Writing in the Wall Street Journal, former WSJ publisher L. Gordon Crovitz, calls the current dispute between Amazon and Hachette "the legacy of the Justice Department's doing Amazon's bidding and strange closeness with the Seattle e-tailer."

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    First BookCon show at BEA draws sell out crowd of 10,000 readers

    Jun 02 2014: BookExpo America ended with a bang: the first BookCon show drew 10,000 excited book fans who swarmed over the parts of the Javits Center on Saturday. "They're scary and inspiring at the same time," said one BEA attendee, echoing the mixed feelings of many industry ...

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      Kirkus announces new book awards worth $150,000 per year

      Jun 01 2014: Kirkus Reviews has founded the Kirkus Prize to honor "outstanding writing by authors whose books have earned the Kirkus Star in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature." All books that receive a Kirkus starred review will be automatically ...

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        Amazon breaks silence on Hachette-Amazon rift but no solution in sight for affected authors

        May 28 2014: Amazon has finally broken its silence over the dispute with Hachette, saying that while the two sides are working hard, Amazon is "not optimistic [the issue] will be resolved soon." For its part, Hachette said it is holding its position. In a statement, the publisher ...

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          Maya Angelou Dies at 86

          May 28 2014: Esteemed poet and memoirist, Maya Angelou, is dead at 86. She was best known for her searing look at the Jim Crow South. Ms. Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

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            Amazon ups the ante in battle with Hachette over terms by removing pre-order option from many titles

            May 23 2014: Amazon's slowdown of their business with Hachette Book Group (as the parties battle over terms) has taken another turn with the disappearance of the pre-order buying capability for print and Kindle editions of many forthcoming Hachette Book Group titles.

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              Simon & Schuster to make its backlist available via Scribd & Oyster so subscribers can download for flat monthly fee

              May 21 2014: Simon & Schuster is to make its backlist of ebook titles available via Oyster and Scribd. Both services offer flat rate plans allowing subscribers to download an unlimited number of books each month for $9.95 (Oyster) and $8.99 (Scribd). HarperCollins and Wiley already ...

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                Almost half of 6-8 year olds read daily. Only a quarter of 15-17 year olds do.

                May 20 2014: A new report by Common Sense Media based on a number of different studies concludes that US reading rates drop precipitously from childhood to the tween and teenage years: "One study documents a drop from 48% of 6- to 8-year-olds down to 24% of 15- to 17-year-olds who ...

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