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Scribd dramatically cutting number of romance & erotica books in catalog as fans are "reading Scribd out of house and home"

Jul 01 2015: EBook subscription service Scribd is slashing dramatically the number of romance and erotica ebooks in its catalog. According to Smashwords CEO Mark Coker "80-90 percent of Smashwords romance and erotica titles will be dropped by Scribd, including nearly all of our most...

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    Apple loses federal appeal in e-book case. Will pay $450m

    Jul 01 2015: The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has upheld a 2013 decision finding Apple liable for conspiring with publishers to raise the price of e-books. The 2-1 ruling follows three years of litigation, millions of dollars in legal fees and the decision by ...

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      Novelist James Salter dies aged 90

      Jun 22 2015: James Salter, a writer who contemplated love, mortality and the lives of men of action in his novels and short stories and who built a quiet reputation as an extraordinary prose stylist, died June 19 in Sag Harbor, N.Y. He was 90.

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        Amazon to pay Kindle authors only for pages read, not books downloaded

        Jun 16 2015: Amazon is changing the way it pays authors royalties for participation in its Kindle Unlimited e-book lending library in a move that would appear to be less favorable for authors.

        Previously, Amazon paid royalties on the whole downloaded book if at least 10 percent ...

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          Paul Bacon, influential designer of more than 6500 book jackets dies aged 91

          Jun 11 2015: You may not know his name but the chances are you've read many of his books. Paul Bacon, the influential designer of about 6500 book jacket covers including major literary works like Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, died on Monday in ...

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            European Commission opens antitrust investigation into Amazon

            Jun 11 2015: The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into certain business practices by Amazon in the distribution of ebooks. The Commission will in particular investigate certain clauses included in Amazon's contracts with publishers. These clauses ...

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              Juan Felipe Herrera - the first Hispanic American U.S. poet laureate will be sworn in today

              Jun 11 2015: Juan Felipe Herrera will become the first Hispanic American U.S. poet laureate when he is sworn in today.

              He learned to love poetry by singing songs about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California.

              Herrera, aged 66, has published ...

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                Four productions based on books win Tony Awards

                Jun 08 2015: Four plays based on books won awards at yesterday's Tony Awards:

                The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens (book by Mark Haddon) won 5 Awards including Best Play.

                Fun Home (music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Lisa Kron), was nominated 12 ...

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