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June 06, 2015

Paule Marshall, influential writer on ethnic identity dies aged 90

Paule Marshall, "an influential writer whose novels and short stories about ethnic identity, race and colonialism reflected her upbringing in Brooklyn as a daughter of poor immigrants from Barbados," died August 12 aged 90 ... In a New Yorker tribute to Marshall and Toni Morrison, author...

Amazon responds to 'NYT' article about it selling counterfeit books

After the New York Times posted a story Monday that pointed to the availability of counterfeit books in Amazon's bookstore, calling the marketplace "a place where copyright laws hold remarkably little sway," the tech giant has responded with a lengthy statement. Amazon said the books...

Bibles, and children's book win tariff reprieve. All other books don't

In a decision handed down by the U.S. Trade Representative Tuesday morning, Bibles and other religious books were not included on the first list of products imported from China that would be subjected to 10% tariffs starting September 1. Bible publishers were especially worried about the...

J.D. Salinger's books available in e-book for the first time

Little, Brown, in conjunction with the estate of J.D. Salinger, announced plans to release e-book editions of Salinger's four works of fiction, marking the first time his books have been available in a digital format.The release of the four books—The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny...

Amazon's new Lord of the Rings 'cannot use much of Tolkien's plot'

A JRR Tolkien expert working on Amazon's forthcoming multi-series adaptation of Tolkien's work has claimed that Amazon has been refused permission by the estate to use the bulk of the plot from The Lord of the Rings in their $1bn adaptation (predicted to start production in 2020).Tolkien...

Eight women honor Toni Morrison

In The Washington Post, eight black women share their thoughts on the life and work of Toni Morrison, including Michelle Obama: "..For me and for so many others, Toni Morrison was that first crack in the levee — the one who freed the truth about black lives, sending it rushing out into the...

Sale of Barnes & Noble now complete

Elliott Advisors has completed its purchase of Barnes & Noble. The acquisition was officially completed when more than 81% of B&N's shares were tendered by the August 6 deadline. As a result of the deal, B&N becomes a private company controlled by the private equity firm Elliott...

Toni Morrison, towering novelist of the Black experience, dies at 88

Toni Morrison, the 1993 Nobel laureate in literature, whose acclaimed, best-selling work explored black identity in America and in particular the experience of black women, died on Monday in the Bronx. She was 88. Her death, at Montefiore Medical Center, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A....

Tariff turmoil returns to the book industry

President Trump announced yesterday afternoon that he is prepared to impose 10% tariffs on $300 billion worth of goods imported from China in retaliation for what he views as China's failure to follow through on promises to buy more agricultural products from the U.S. and to stop the flow of...

Author of the Christian relationship guide that sold a million copies says he has lost his faith

The author of a bestselling Christian guide to relationships for young people has announced that his marriage is over and he has lost his faith. Joshua Harris, whose biblical guide to relationships I Kissed Dating Goodbye sold nearly 1m copies around the world after it was published in 1997, has...

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