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China sentences Swedish bookseller to 10 years in prison

Feb 26 2020: A court in eastern China has sentenced a Swedish bookseller that took a skeptical look at the ruling Communist Party to 10 years in prison for “illegally providing intelligence overseas,” in a further sign of Beijing’s hard line toward its critics.

Gui Minhai first ...

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Clive Cussler dies aged 88

Feb 26 2020: Clive Cussler, the US author of the popular Dirk Pitt novels, has died at the age of 88. He wrote 25 books in the adventure series and sold more than 100 million copies of his novels in total.

Writing on Twitter, Cussler's wife said: "It is with a heavy heart that I ...

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Bologna Book Fair Postponed Because of COVID-19

Feb 24 2020: Because of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to Italy, the Bologna Book Fair has been postponed from late March to early May. The Taipei Book Exhibition, which was to have been held in early February is now scheduled for May. The London Book Fair, which starts in ...

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A billion-dollar scandal turns the ‘King of Manuscripts’ into the ‘Madoff of France’

Feb 21 2020: A November sale of literary items belonging to the now-defunct French company Aristophil generated $4.2 million, which is a tiny fraction of the price paid by the many investors who purchased shares in these documents through what is being described as a literary Ponzi ...

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Coronavirus causes 90% sales drop in China's private bookstores

Feb 20 2020: China has over 70,000 brick-and-mortar bookstores, but they are among numerous small and medium-sized enterprises struggling due to a lack of customers. The virus is a further blow to the industry that was already under pressure from online rivals, as well as a growing ...

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Bestselling young adult authors are aiming at older readers

Feb 20 2020: Veronica Roth, Tochi Onyebuchi and Sarah J. Maas are among several writers popular with young people who have books out this year intended for older readers. Some have never written for adults, while others move freely among teens and older readers. All are navigating ...

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Tariffs on most books from China now 7.5%

Feb 19 2020: Following an agreement between China and the U.S. to a phase one trade deal in December, the U.S. Trade Representative indefinitely suspended an additional 15% duty on children’s picture, drawing, and coloring books. The duty had been slated to begin on December 15, ...

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In 2021 budget proposal, Trump once again seeks to end Federal library funding

Feb 11 2020: For a fourth straight year, the Trump administration has once again proposed the permanent elimination of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and with it virtually all federal funding for libraries.

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