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University presses are overwhelmingly white

Mar 18 2021: The Association of University Presses, in collaboration with Lee & Low Books, analyzed university press data from the most recent Diversity Baseline Survey of U.S. publishing released last year and found that 81% of the university press workforce to be white.

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Elsevier strikes historic open access deal with the University of California

Mar 17 2021: After a tense two-year stalemate, Elsevier and the University of California this week announced they have struck a groundbreaking open access agreement.

The four-year deal is set take effect on April 1, and will enable UC researchers and faculty to access virtually ...

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Oprah announces four Gilead novels as book club picks

Mar 17 2021: Oprah Winfrey has chosen Marilynne Robinson's four Gilead novels (Gilead, Home, Lila and Jack) as her new book club selections (87th, 88th, 89th and 90th). Winfrey said Robinson "is one of our greatest living authors, and in the Gilead novels she's written a quartet of ...

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Book related Oscar Nominations

Mar 16 2021: The nominees have been revealed for the 93rd Academy Awards, including several movies based on books or with book connections. On April 25, the Oscars will be televised live on ABC and worldwide in more than 225 countries and territories. Bookish standouts among the ...

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Independent bookstore owners look back at a year spent trying to stay afloat

Mar 16 2021: Some independent bookstores prospered during year one of the coronavirus pandemic — their stories silver linings that pop against so much darkness. Others decided to call it a day. And for others yet, it’s too soon to predict which way the plot might twist.

The ...

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Ron Charles looks back on an "extraordinarily horrible year" that revealed "extraordinarily encouraging things about the world of books"

Mar 13 2021: One year ago this week, I was staring up at my dentist’s eyes hoping the stories about a deadly virus were exaggerated. The next day, worried we might be putting people at risk, I interviewed poet Willie Perdomo before a small audience in Washington. That turned out to ...

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Want to borrow that e-book from the library? Sorry, Amazon won’t let you.

Mar 10 2021: You probably think of Amazon as the largest online bookstore. Amazon helped make e-books popular with the Kindle, now the dominant e-reader. Less well known is that since 2009, Amazon has published books and audiobooks under its own brands including Lake Union, Thomas &...

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Obituary: Norton Juster

Mar 09 2021: Children’s author Norton Juster, widely praised for the wordplay in his clever and whimsical books for young readers, including the much-loved The Phantom Tollbooth, died on March 8 at his home in Northampton, Mass., following complications from a recent stroke. He was ...

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