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Cultural critic, Jacques Barzun dies aged 104

Oct 26 2012: Jacques Barzun, the distinguished historian, essayist, cultural gadfly and educator who helped establish the modern discipline of cultural history and came to see the West as sliding toward decadence, died Thursday night in San Antonio, where he lived. He was 104.

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    More information on the possible Random House, Penguin merger

    Oct 26 2012: Speculation about the future of Penguin began in earnest earlier this month when Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino announced she would be leaving in January and several observers noted that the change put into question Pearson's ownership of the Financial Times Group and ...

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      Amazon posts third quarter loss, bigger than expected

      Oct 26 2012: Amazon posted a third quarter net loss of $274 million on a sales increase of 27%, to $13.8 billion. The loss was higher than analysts had expected and was attributed to a host of investments, ranging from new Kindles to new warehouses.

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        Penguin and Random House in merger talks

        Oct 25 2012: Pearson has confirmed that it is in talks with Bertelsmann regarding a potential merger between Penguin and Random House. It would be the first major structural shift in the global publishing industry since 2006 when French media firm Lagardère acquired Time Warner Book...

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          Over half of 16 to 29 year olds use their local public library

          Oct 23 2012: 83% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year. Some 75% read a print book, 19% read an e-book, and 11% listened to an audiobook.

          60% of Americans under age 30 used the library in the past year. Some 46% used the library for research, 38%...

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            Newsweek to end its print edition after 80 years

            Oct 18 2012: Newsweek will end its print edition on December 31st, after 80 years of continuous publishing. The magazine will continue to have a presence in digital format in partnership with The Daily Beast.

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              Man Group dropping sponsorship of Asian Literary Prize

              Oct 18 2012: The Asian Literary Prize is looking for a new sponsor as Man Group plc, also the sponsor of the Booker Prize, is to cease its funding as of March 2013.

              Professor David Parker, executive director of the prize, said today: "I would like to thank Man Group for the ...

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                Johnny Depp and HarperCollins partnering to publish books

                Oct 16 2012: Actor Johnny Depp is partnering with HarperCollins to start an imprint, Infinitum Nihil ("Nothing is forever"), that will seek "authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices," the Associated Press reported. Depp's imprint shares its name with his production ...

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