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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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            Open Road Media to buy E-Reads, one of the oldest indie e-book publishers

            Feb 10 2014: In a deal that brings together one of the oldest independent e-book publishers with one of the largest, Open Road Integrated Media has signed an agreement to acquire E-Reads, the digital publisher founded by Richard Curtis in 1999. The purchase will add more than 1,200 ...

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              Sony closes its ebookstore, all acounts to be transferred to Kobo

              Feb 07 2014: Sony, one of the early players in the ebook business, has closed its ebook store. The company did not explain why it shut down, but despite being early to the scene, Sony has lagged behind Amazon and others in device innovations and ebook sales penetration.

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                Amazon posts profit but lower than expected - shares drop 10%

                Jan 31 2014: Amazon’s shares have fallen by 10% in after-hours trading after the online retailer failed to match analysts’ profit expectations in the run up to Christmas. However, the online retailer still reported a significant increase in profit and sales for the October-December...

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