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St Martin's Press publisher Matthew Shear dies aged 57

Aug 30 2013: Matthew Shear, publisher of St. Martin's Press, died Wednesday aged 57. In his "Final Salute to Matthew Shear from His Friends in the Flatiron" Macmillan CEO John Sargent writes:

For the last three years, every other Thursday, he endured chemotherapy. He dealt with ...

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    April sales data for USA shows $ sales of adult ebooks at parity with adult paperbacks

    Aug 28 2013: In April, total net book sales in the USA fell 3.1% compared to April 2012.

    The adult ebook market rose and the adult paperback book fell so that the two markets are now worth about the same amount (albeit based on a small snapshot of one month of data). Adult ...

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      We Need New Names & Burial Rites in running for Guardian First Book award

      Aug 27 2013: The longlist for the Guardian First Book award has been released. The award is worth GBP10,000 (about US$15,600). The winner will be announced in November. The longlisted books are:

      We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
      Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
      Kiss Me ...

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        Apple says Feds plan to "give Amazon a significant competitive advantage in ebooks case"

        Aug 27 2013: In court filings posted Monday morning, Apple attorney Orin Snyder responded to the Department of Justice’s revised proposed punishment for the tech company in the ebooks case. Snyder criticized the government for filing "a 12-page broadside masquerading as a brief," ...

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          Crime novelist Elmore Leonard dies

          Aug 20 2013: The prolific crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose books include Get Shorty and Out of Sight, has died in a hospital in Detroit, following a stroke. He was 87 years old, and is survived by 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

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            Millions Qualify for E-book Refunds

            Aug 17 2013: The $166 million USA publishers have agreed to pay to settle e-book price fixing charges could soon begin flowing to consumers - with more than 23 million accounts eligible to receive refunds.

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              Barbara Mertz (aka Elizabeth Peters & Barbara Michaels) dies aged 85

              Aug 09 2013: Barbara Mertz, who wrote more than 35 mysteries under the pseudonym Elizabeth Peters and 29 suspense novels as Barbara Michaels, died yesterday aged 85

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                Elmore Leonard doing well in hospital after stroke

                Aug 06 2013: Crime writer Elmore Leonard suffered a stroke a week ago and remains hospitalized at an undisclosed Detroit area hospital, his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter confirmed today.

                "Elmore had a stroke; it happened a week ago, last Monday," Sutter said. "He's doing ...

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