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Deacon King Kong and Fathoms win Carnegie Medals

Feb 05 2021: Deacon King Kong by James McBride has won the American Library Association's 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs has won the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.

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Local newspapers fight back at Facebook and Google

Feb 04 2021: Lurking behind a groundbreaking lawsuit recently filed in federal court in West Virginia is a haunting question: What if?

What if local newspapers had been able to compete successfully for digital advertising revenue as their readers moved online? What if the ...

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Organization advocating against gun violence launches book club

Feb 03 2021: Everytown for Gun Safety, through its Moms Demand Action grassroots arm, has launched the Moms Demand Action Book Club, a discussion group open to the organization’s six million supporters who advocate against gun violence via their state chapters.

“This is a new ...

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Jeff Bezos is stepping down as Amazon CEO

Feb 02 2021: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will step down from his role as chief executive later this year and transition to the role of executive chair, the company said Tuesday. He will be replaced by Andy Jassy.

Bezos has been Amazon's CEO since its founding in 1995. He oversaw ...

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A year for the (record) books in publishing

Feb 01 2021: Combined print book and e-book sales hit 942 million units in 2020 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan (for the US market), a 9% increase over 2019 and the most unit sales recorded in a single year by BookScan since the service was created in 2004. In a webinar held ...

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Merriam-Webster adds more than 520 new words to dictionary, including COVID-19 and second gentleman

Jan 30 2021: Merriam-Webster, the United States’ leading language provider announced it was adding over 520 new words and definitions to the publisher’s website. These new words include “COVID-19," “second gentleman,” “long-hauler,” “flex,” “ASMR” and “sapiosexual.”

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Authors Guild asks DoJ to stop PRH purchase of S&S

Jan 29 2021: The Authors Guild, along with five other writers’ groups and the nonprofit Open Markets Institute, has sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking the government to block Penguin Random House’s pending acquisition of Simon & Schuster. In asking for the DoJ to step...

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Amanda Gorman's three books will get one million first prints due to overwhelming demand

Jan 29 2021: To meet the demand for Amanda Gorman's unreleased books, her publisher announced it will print one million copies of each of her three titles.

Gorman 22, turned heads and stole hearts when she delivered a powerful inauguration poem at the US Capitol on January 20, ...

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