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AAP reports half year sales - total book sales down 4.5%

Sep 20 2013: In the first half of the year, total net book sales fell 4.5%, to $5.491 billion, compared to the first half of 2012, representing sales of 1,196 publishers and distributed clients as reported to the Association of American Publishers.

Adult hardcovers and ebooks ...

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    Amazon warehouse workers sue to be paid for time spent in screening checks

    Sep 20 2013: A growing number of Amazon.com warehouse workers are suing the online retail giant and its contractors for requiring them to undergo time-consuming and unpaid security screenings in order to do their jobs.

    In their proposed class-action suits, workers say they spent ...

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      RadioShack and Staples remove Amazon lockers from their stores

      Sep 20 2013: Staples and RadioShack have removed the Amazon lockers from their stores a year after introducing the program. The program was aimed at customers in cities worried about the safety of packages being delivered to their doorstep or lobby - allowing them to pick up from a ...

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        National Book Awards Long Lists Announced

        Sep 19 2013: Over the last week or so, the National Book Foundation has been releasing the long lists for its National Book Awards. The last of these lists, for fiction, was released today. All lists can be found at the National Book Foundation's website. The shortlists will be ...

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          Man Booker Prize opens to US entries with new rule that limits the number of entries from each imprint

          Sep 19 2013: Publishers have welcomed the broadening of the Man Booker Prize to include U.S. entries, while remaining concerned about the limits placed on the number of titles they can enter.

          The Man Booker organizers have compensated for increasing the number of eligible authors...

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            Move to internet sales tax fairness inches forward

            Sep 19 2013: Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), released a list of seven principles on Internet tax fairness intended to provide a framework for future discussions. The principles acknowledge that “Brick & Mortar, Exclusively Online, and Brick...

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              Twitter book club for commuters opens in UK

              Sep 17 2013: The Rail Book Club, a Twitter based book club has opened in the UK with the aim of bringing passenger reviews and book recommendations to commuters via digital screens in stations throughout the country.

              The Rail Book Club invites passengers to tweet their ...

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                8 years after Google starts to scan books, Author's Guild asks judge to shutter the program and let Congress decide

                Sep 17 2013: In its final brief before oral arguments, the Authors Guild this week closed by imploring Judge Denny Chin to shoot down Google's book scanning program, and let Congress ask questions later.

                "The fair use doctrine is not designed to address the enormity of Google's ...

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