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Perseus Books Group now part of Hachette

Apr 04 2016: The sales of Perseus Books Group publishing operations to Hachette Book Group and its distribution operations to Ingram Content Group both closed late last week.

Ingram chairman and CEO John Ingram noted that with the purchase, "Ingram's center of gravity is shifting...

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Imre Kertesz dies aged 86

Mar 31 2016: Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian Jewish writer and Nobel laureate acclaimed for his semi-autobiographical novels on surviving the Holocaust and its aftermath, died on Thursday at his home in Budapest. He was 86 years old.

What set Mr. Kertesz apart from other writers on the...

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Marilynne Robinson to be awarded Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Mar 31 2016: Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao has announced that Marilynne Robinson, author of such critically acclaimed novels as "Gilead" and "Home," will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival...

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Thousands of poor residents banned from Silicon Valley library

Mar 31 2016: The New York Times reports on the sad state of the public library in San Jose, California where nearly a third of residents in poor neighborhoods are banned from entry to the library due to unpaid fines including what Director of Libraries Jill Bourne describes as "an ...

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James Patterson to donate a further $1.75m to school libraries

Mar 30 2016: James Patterson will donate another $1.75 million to school libraries in 2016. The program was launched in 2015 in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, which administers the grants. Of the nearly 28,000 entries received in 2015, 467 schools were awarded grants ...

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Adult coloring book sales increase 12-fold to 12 million in 2015

Mar 23 2016: Sales in the adult coloring book category continue to rise. According to Nielsen Bookscan, about 12 million books were sold in 2015 compared with 1 million in 2014, with over 2000 individual titles available compared to about 300 in 2014.

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Bookstores sales up for the fifth month in a row

Mar 16 2016: January bookstore sales in the USA rose 3.8%, to $1.48 billion, compared to January 2015, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. This marked the fifth month in a row that bookstore have risen, following a jump of 9.6% in December, rises of nearly 7% ...

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Pat Conroy dies aged 70

Mar 05 2016: Pat Conroy died yesterday aged 70 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. His tortured family life and the scenic marshlands of coastal South Carolina served as unending sources of inspiration for his fiction, notably the novels The Great Santini, The Lords of ...

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