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Japan to impose taxes on foreign e-content sales by 2015

Jan 16 2014: By 2015, Japan will start collecting taxes on online sales of electronic books, music and other download content and purchases from foreign companies and websites. At the moment, there is a tax on physical products bought from abroad but there are no taxes imposed on ...

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    Kate Atkinson wins Costa Novel Award

    Jan 07 2014: Kate Atkinson, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Michael Symmons Roberts, Chris Riddell and Nathan Filer have won prizes at this year's Costa awards.

    Atkinson's Life After Life scooped the Costa Novel Award. The judges described Atkinson's latest novel – which also won the writer...

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      Jane Howard, author of The Cazalet Chronicle, dies aged 90

      Jan 03 2014: For much of a career spanning more than 60 years, the writer Elizabeth Jane Howard, who has died aged 90, suffered a certain condescension from literary editors as a writer of "women's novels". But it did not deter her. She herself described her readers as "women and ...

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        Brain function increases after reading a novel - and stays improved for at least 5 days

        Jan 02 2014: Research indicates that reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days.

        21 students took part in US study, all reading Pompeii, a 2003 thriller by Robert Harris. Over 19 days the students read a portion of the book in the evening ...

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          Independent bookstores report very good holiday season

          Jan 02 2014: Shelf Awareness reports that booksellers they talked to since the holidays all had good news about the holiday season. At worst, sales were even with last year, but most stores reported healthy gains--in some cases, spectacular gains. Sales were particularly strong ...

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            Kate DiCamillo named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

            Jan 02 2014: Kate DiCamillo, the author of more than a dozen books including the Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux, will be named the country’s fourth national ambassador for young people’s literature at a ceremony at the Library of Congress on January 10. DiCamillo ...

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              Author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen dies

              Dec 20 2013: British novelist Paul Torday, who had a surprise best-seller with his debut novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, has died at age 67, his publisher said Thursday.

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                YA author Ned Vizzini dies aged 32

                Dec 20 2013: Ned Vizzini, the author of YA favorites It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill, died Thursday in New York City. According to the Los Angeles Times, Vizzini committed suicide. He was 32.

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