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"How to Poo on a Date" wins oddest book title of the year

Mar 21 2014: How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers' Guide to Toilet Etiquette has won the 36th annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

The book topped a public vote to find the oddest title. Joint second place went to Are Trout South African? and The Origin of Feces. ...

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    Survey indicates that more than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries!

    Mar 14 2014: More than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, which polled 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older. The study, which was released yesterday, examined the spectrum of Americans' ...

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      NBCC announce their 2014 award winners

      Mar 13 2014: The National Book Critics Circle have announced the recipients of their 2014 book awards (for books published in 2013):


      Poetry: Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

      Criticism: Franco Moretti, Distant Reading (Verso)

      Autobiography: ...

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        Report shows rich-poor divide: rich read, poor watch

        Mar 12 2014: A research report from the English charity Booktrust, based on a survey of 1,500 adults, indicates a "worrying cultural divide" with poor adults much less likely to read books than their richer neighbors. The country is divided into two nations, those who read weekly ...

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          LA Festival of Books adds Indiebound buy links alongside Amazon

          Mar 11 2014: In a move that seems a victory for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association, the Los Angeles Times is in the process of adding IndieBound buy buttons to the Festival of Books’ website author page, which initially sent consumers exclusively to Amazon. ...

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            Two weeks after launch, 50 authors already signed up for first ever "Indies First Storytime Day" on May 17

            Mar 10 2014: Since the launch of Indies First Storytime Day just two weeks ago, more than 50 authors have signed on to read at independent bookstores across the USA on May 17, as part of this year's celebration of Children's Book Week (May 12-18). Among them is Kate DiCamillo, the ...

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              Power of local indie businesses working together shown in results of bookstores in "Local First" areas

              Mar 07 2014: According to stats from the American Bookseller Association, areas that have active Local First organizations, encouraging people to shop locally, saw a big difference in foot traffic and sales during the holidays and throughout the year. Independent businesses in ...

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                Southern California bookstores react strongly to LA Times decision to partner with Amazon for Festival of Books.

                Mar 07 2014: Fallout from the Los Angeles Times decision to partner with Amazon for its Festival of Books website sales continued yesterday, with an increasing number of indie bookstores and small presses weighing in on the situation while deciding what action to take in light of a ...

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