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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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            Ingram to buy Perseus's distribution business

            Mar 04 2016: A few days ago Perseus Book Group announced that Hachette would be buying their publishing arm, but it was unclear what would happen to their large distribution operation until yesterday when it was announced that this was to be bought by Ingram Content Group.

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              Hachette signs binding agreement to buy Perseus Book Group

              Mar 02 2016: Having failed in its bid to buy the Perseus Book Group in 2014, Hachette Book Group announced Tuesday afternoon that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the company’s publishing division. Perseus announced last September that it was looking for potential ...

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                Detained Hong Kong booksellers charged with "illegal book trading"

                Mar 01 2016: Four Hong Kong booksellers who went missing last year appeared on Chinese television and confessed to illegally selling banned books in mainland China, Reuters reports.

                The Financial Times notes that confessions on television are "an increasingly common propaganda ...

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