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Obama appoints book industry philanthropist James Patterson as Book Czar

Apr 01 2015: President Barack Obama has appointed bestselling author and noted book industry philanthropist James Patterson to coordinate the administration's support of independent bookstores nationwide, a White House official confirmed Monday. The new "Book Czar" will report ...

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Swedish poet and Nobel winner Tomas Transtromer dies aged 83

Mar 30 2015: Tomas Transtromer, Scandinavia's best-known and most influential contemporary poet, died on Thursday in Stockholm. He was 83. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011, his work has been translated into over 50 languages, with substantial or complete editions ...

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Survey finds that Millennials Prefer Print Books and Bookstores

Mar 29 2015: A Publishing Technology survey of 1000 Millennials (aged 18-34) in the U.S. found that 79% read a print book in the last year, while 46% had read an e-book on a tablet and only 31% had read an e-book on a dedicated e-reader. Millennials also reported reading e-books on ...

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Ferguson Public Library Director wins $10,000 Adversity Prize

Mar 25 2015: Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library in Missouri, has been selected to receive the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity worth $10,000.

Last summer, the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown by police officer ...

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Finalists announced for Man Booker International Prize 2015

Mar 24 2015: Ten writers are on the judges’ list of finalists under serious consideration for the sixth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.

The authors come from ten countries with six new ...

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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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