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Lead character in 3 movies based on J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts" will be Newt Scamander, a 'magizoologist'

Mar 31 2014: Three movies are planned for the adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, one of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks. Rowling wrote the 42 page book in 2001 for the UK charity Comic Relief. Sales from this book and its companion Quidditch ...

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    Hodder & Stoughton/Hachette to buy Quercus

    Mar 26 2014: Hodder & Stoughton, a division of Hachette, has offered approximately £12.6 million (about US$21 million) to purchase Quercus Publishing, the U.K. independent publisher that launched in the USA in Fall 2013.

    Tim Hely Hutchinson, c.e.o. of Hachette UK and chairman of ...

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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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