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Does anybody know what a bestseller is?

Nov 07 2017: Publishers Weekly reports on the proliferation of bestseller lists and asks "when nearly any title can be called a bestseller, does becoming a bestseller still matter?"

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Book World to close All 45 stores across the Midwest

Nov 01 2017: Wisconsin-based Book World Inc. has announced that it is closing all bookstores in its Book World chain that operates 45 outlets across the Midwest. In a letter to its business partners and vendors as well as in a release sent to media, Book World said that liquidation ...

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HBO and Penguin Press cancel "Game Change" over Halperin's alleged sexual harassment

Oct 27 2017: The 2016 edition of "Game Change," the most lucrative franchise in political journalism, appears doomed as Penguin Press canceled the much-anticipated book and HBO dropped the movie version in response to five women accusing co-writer Mark Halperin of sexual harassment ...

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Did Salinger write more books? And if so, will they ever be published?

Oct 25 2017: The New York Times explores the claim made in a 2013 documentary (and a related book) that the reclusive author J. D. Salinger not only continued writing, but also left detailed notes to his trust about releasing the materials between 2015 and 2020.

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Self-Published ISBNs Hit 786,935 in 2016

Oct 20 2017: A new report issued by Bowker found that a total of 786,935 ISBNs were issued to self-published authors in 2016, an 8.2% increase over 2015. According to the report, ISBNs for print books rose 11.3% to 638,624 titles, while e-book ISBNs for self-publishers fell 3.2% to ...

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Broomsticks and dragon bones in British Library's Harry Potter magic show

Oct 19 2017: It’s all true, and the incontrovertible proof has gone on display in the British Library. Side by side with original manuscripts and illustrations for the Harry Potter books, in an exhibition that opens on Friday and has already sold a record 30,000 tickets, there are ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list

Oct 19 2017: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel about racism and the American south, has been removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district because the language in the book "makes people uncomfortable."

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This Is What Really Happens When Amazon Comes to Your Town

Oct 19 2017: Politico reports on the intense competition by cities to host "HQ2" - Amazon's planned second headquarters. It also looks at the pros and cons for the winning city of "bringing in 40,000 highly paid employees to compete for the same relatively constant supply of housing...

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