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Republicans take aim at risque jokes and romance novels with anti-sex bills

Feb 17 2023: A wave of proposed legislation pushed by Republicans across the US at the state level is aimed at outlawing aspects of sexuality that could have a huge impact on Americans’ private lives and businesses.

Opponents to the laws before legislatures in various states say ...

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Feb 15 2023: On January 23, representatives of several European & International Booksellers Federation member organizations gathered online for this year's first quarterly EIBF international call, which allows members to share insights, struggles and progress from their respective ...

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Bookstore sales rose 6% in 2022

Feb 15 2023: Bookstore sales in the U.S. finished just under $9 billion in 2022, 6.2% higher than 2021 and 0.7% above 2019, the last year bookstores had a normal sales pattern before business was disrupted by the pandemic.

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Deal to sell Simon & Schuster possibly in the works

Feb 15 2023: Paramount Global is again seeking to sell Simon & Schuster, months after the media company's $2.2 billion deal to sell the book publisher to Penguin Random House collapsed, according to people familiar with the matter.

Paramount, formerly known as ViacomCBS, is ...

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Mellon Foundation pledges $125m to combat effects of mass incarceration

Feb 15 2023: The Mellon Foundation has announced a $125 million commitment to support artistic development among populations detrimentally affected by the U.S. criminal legal system. In a February 15 press release, the Foundation said its multiyear Imagining Freedom grant initiative...

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Idaho bill would allow parents to sue over 'harmful' books in schools, libraries

Feb 13 2023: A new Idaho bill would open schools and public libraries to lawsuits for allowing minors to obtain books, films and other media that depict sexual content deemed “offensive.”

The legislation, from Rep. Jaron Crane, R-Nampa, would allow parents to sue schools and ...

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More than 1 million books subject to review based on Florida's new laws

Feb 13 2023: More than 1 million books in Duval County schools in Florida are subject to review due to three state laws impacting certain subjects in education, including race, gender and sexual orientation, county officials told ABC News. "As required by state law, we are in the...

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Deal reached in HarperCollins strike as publisher has another bad quarter

Feb 10 2023: After three months of negotiations and two weeks after announcing plans to resume labor negotiations, HarperCollins has reached a tentative agreement with its employee union, Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers.

In a February 9 announcement, the union said that the...

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