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Overdrive, leading provider of e-books and audio books to libraries, bought by Japanese Rakuten, who already own Kobo e-readers

Mar 20 2015: Japanese Internet services giant Rakuten is buying OverDrive, Inc. for $410 million in cash. Overdrive facilitates e-book and audiobook lending for more than 30,000 libraries in 40 countries. In 2012, Rakuten bought Kobo, the global retailer of e-reading devices and e-...

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    Harper Lee 'not pressured into releasing second novel'

    Mar 13 2015: US investigators have closed an inquiry into whether Harper Lee was pressured into publishing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Lee herself was "extremely hurt" by allegations she was manipulated, her lawyer Tonja Carter said.

    To Kill a Mockingbird was published ...

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      Does Harper Lee endorse publication of "Go Set a Watchman"? - State of Alabama investigates #harperlee

      Mar 12 2015: From the moment it was announced that a second novel by Harper Lee was to be published people have raised doubts as to whether this was something that the famously publicity-shy author, now aged 88 - wanted.

      Despite reassurances from her publisher, lawyer and ...

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        Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld, dies aged 66

        Mar 12 2015: Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, has died aged 66, having had Alzheimer's disease for eight years. "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay of his publishing company, Transworld. Pratchett, who wrote more than 70...

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          James Patterson giving away $1.25m to school libraries

          Mar 09 2015: After giving away $1 million to independent bookstores last year, author James Patterson is giving $1.25 million to school libraries this year. Donations will range from $1,000 to $10,000 per school. Anyone can nominate a school library, click below for application

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            Elizabeth McCracken wins $20,000 Story Prize for Thunderstruck

            Mar 05 2015: Elizabeth McCracken has won The Story Prize for her collection Thunderstruck. The prize is worth $20,000

            The other finalists for The Story Prize for books published in 2014 were authors Francesca Marciano for The Other Language (Pantheon) and Lorrie Moore for Bark (...

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              Yasar Kemal, Turkish novelist and outspoken political critic, dies aged 91

              Mar 03 2015: Yasar Kemal, the master storyteller who repeatedly clashed with the Turkish state while emerging as his country’s first novelist of global stature, died on Saturday in Istanbul aged 91.

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                B&N to separate its college business from retail & Nook

                Feb 26 2015: In a move that has surprised some in the industry, Barnes & Noble announced today that it plans to separate its college business from its retail stores and Nook digital units.

                While a split has been on the cards for about a year, it was generally thought that the ...

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