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American Library Association votes to take e-book issues to the public and Congress.

Jun 26 2019: With concern in the library community continuing to grow over their ability to provide access to digital content, the Council of the American Library Association yesterday passed a resolution to ramp up its advocacy efforts—including taking the issue to Congress.

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What happens after Amazon’s domination is complete? Its bookstore offers clues

Jun 23 2019: Amazon sells substantially more than half of the books in the United States, including new and used physical volumes as well as digital and audio formats. Amazon is also a platform for third-party sellers, a publisher, a printer, a self-publisher, a review hub, a ...

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Librarian of Congress names Joy Harjo the nation's 23rd Poet Laureate

Jun 20 2019: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of ...

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ABA president testifies regarding proposed tariffs on Chinese goods - 25% of all books, and the great majority of children's books are printed in China

Jun 19 2019: Among the book world people who testified yesterday at a hearing before the U.S. International Trade Commission about proposed tariffs on Chinese goods was Jamie Fiocco, president of the American Booksellers Association and owner of Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, N.C. In ...

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Alan Brinkley, leading historian of 20th-century America, dies at 70

Jun 19 2019: Alan Brinkley, "one of the pre-eminent historians of his generation, with a specialty in 20th-century American political history," died June 16. He was 70. Brinkley's work "spanned the full spectrum of the last century's seminal events and influential characters, ...

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A library thrives, quietly, in one of Pakistan’s gun markets

Jun 18 2019: Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan — This tribal district, located about 85 miles west of Islamabad, is best known for its sprawling weapons bazaar. Walking through it, the sounds of workshop machinery and craftsmen striking hammers become a nearly musical backdrop.

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Prequel to The Hunger Games coming in 2020

Jun 17 2019: Scholastic will be publishing another novel in its mega-selling Hunger Games franchise. The trilogy by Suzanne Collins, which launched in 2008 with the titular title, has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

The forthcoming work, currently known as "the ...

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Despite fierce opposition, Strand Bookstore now a NYC landmark

Jun 12 2019: The building that houses the Strand Bookstore at 826 Broadway was designated as a New York City landmark on Tuesday morning, following a contested process and fierce opposition from community members and the bookstore’s owner.

“What they [the LPC commissioners] fail ...

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