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Number of independent bookstores in USA grew 6.4% in 2013.

Dec 16 2013: The Washington Post reports on the growth of independent bookstores:

"In an e-tailing world, their resurgence is driven by e-book growth that has leveled off, dyed-in-the-wool print lovers who won't (or can't) abandon page flipping, a new category of hybrid reader (...

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    Research shows that 90% of Americans value public libraries

    Dec 11 2013: According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, about 90% of Americans aged 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63% saying it would have a "major" impact. Asked about the personal impact of a ...

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      Oldest romance writer in the world dies aged 105. Books #124 and #125 to be published next year

      Dec 10 2013: Ida Pollock, author of more than 120 books, and believed to be the world's oldest romantic novelist, has died at the age of 105.

      Born in London in 1908 and raised by a single mother, Pollock had her first stories published while she was in her teens, and went on to ...

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        A Man Called Intrepid author dies aged 89

        Dec 03 2013: William Stevenson, a journalist and author who drew on his close ties with intelligence sources to write two best-selling books in the 1970s, A Man Called Intrepid and 90 Minutes at Entebbe, which he dashed off in a room at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, died on Nov. ...

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          Supreme Court declines to review Amazon & Overstock's lawsuit about paying tax in New York state.

          Dec 03 2013: The Supreme Court has declined to review the lawsuit by Amazon and Overstock challenging New York State's 2008 law requiring them to collect sales tax.

          American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher commented: "It's heartening that the U.S. Supreme Court's ...

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            First ever Indies First event on Small Business Saturday proves great success

            Dec 02 2013: The first ever Indies First event, proposed by Sherman Alexie just three months ago, has proved a great success. Last Saturday, Nov 30, more than 1000 authors handsold books at more than 400 indie bookstores, adding to the excitement generated by Small Business Saturday...

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              Donal Ryan wins Guardian first book award with The Spinning Heart

              Dec 02 2013: Novelist Donal Ryan has won the 2013 Guardian first book award with an angry portrait of rural life in post-crash Ireland, The Spinning Heart. Steerforth will publish it in the USA in February 2014.

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                National Book Award Winners announced

                Nov 21 2013: The National Book Award winners are:

                Fiction: James McBride for The Good Lord Bird
                Nonfiction: George Packer for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

                Poetry: Mary Szybist for Incarnadine

                YA Literature: Cynthia Kadohata for The Thing About Luck

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