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First ever Independent Bookstore Day to be May 2, 2015

Aug 15 2014: Inspired by the success of the first California Bookstore Day, all nine USA regional booksellers associations are planning a national Independent Bookstore Day next May 2.

One of the first orders of business is to come up with a logo. The associations are offering $...

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    Your local bookstore needs you - US bookstore sales down 8% year on year!

    Aug 14 2014: Bookstore sales in the USA are down 7.9% for the half year to June. The Census Bureau definition of the bookstore category is "establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of new books. These establishments may also sell stationery and related items, ...

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      Amazon issues strange note to Kindle authors about its dispute with Hachette

      Aug 11 2014: Late Friday night Amazon issued another strange note about its dispute with Hachette, this time in the form of a letter from the "Amazon Books Team" to Kindle Direct Publishing authors with the subject line "Important Kindle request."

      The e-mail asked the authors, ...

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        Hachette CEO's reply re Amazon dispute...

        Aug 11 2014: The following is the reply that Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch is sending to those who are writing to him after Amazon contacted its Kindle authors on Friday, providing Pietsch's personal email address and asking them to write to him...

        Thank you for ...

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          Perseus Books Group calls off sale to Hachette and Ingram

          Aug 08 2014: The sale of Perseus Books Group to Hachette Book Group and Ingram Content Group has been called off. "Despite much effort from all three parties, we could not reach agreement on everything necessary to close the transaction," Perseus CEO David Steinberger said in an e-...

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            Authors United take full page ad in Sunday NY Times to send open letter to Amazon

            Aug 07 2014: Authors United, a group of nearly 1,000 authors led by Douglas Preston, is running a full-page ad in this Sunday's New York Times, the Bookseller reported. The ad reproduces the open letter that the group began circulating a month ago, protesting Amazon for having "...

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              "Where The Heart Is" author Billie Letts dead at 76

              Aug 04 2014: Billie Letts, author of novels including "Where The Heart Is" (an Oprah book club pick) has died in Tulsa aged 76.

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                HarperCollins completes purchase of Harlequin for C$455 million

                Aug 01 2014: HarperCollins' parent company News Corp has completed its acquisition of Harlequin Enterprises for C$455 million in cash from Torstar Corporation. Harlequin, best known as a publisher of women's fiction, will now operate as a division of HarperCollins.

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