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Amazon, Macmillan Make Peace Over Book Pricing
nypost.com

Barely a shot was fired

Experts Demand Urgent Overhaul Of England's Public Library Service
www.theguardian.com

Report says libraries are at a crossroads and calls for national strategy and government investment in digital resources such as Wi-Fi

Abe Books Reveals The Most Expensive Used Books It Sold In 2014
the-digital-reader.com

And the winner is: Les Maîtres de L'Affiche

John Dos Passos Prize For Literature
www.longwood.edu

2015 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature will go to Ruth Ozeki

Thalia Bookstores Are In Serious Trouble
goodereader.com

Price tag was apparently too high for anyone to outright purchase the bookstore chain and is now off the market

Wal-Mart Looks To Step Up Competition With Amazon As It Considers Buying Nook
seekingalpha.com

Wal-Mart wants to break up Amazon's monopoly on lucrative e-book sales by entering the e-book market

Macmillan Reaches Amazon Deal, Will Try Subscription Services
www.publishersweekly.com

But John Sargent claims that ebook market is still 'muddled and inefficient'

Dohle Reflects On a Year 'Combining Two Great Legacies'
www.publishersweekly.com

In his annual year-end letter, Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle focused on the merger that has created the largest trade publisher in the world

Your Home On A Coffee Table
www.nytimes.com

John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler started a company that publishes limited-edition books depicting the homes of private clients

Retail Sales Boosted By Black Friday
www.bbc.co.uk

Sales rose 6.4% compared with November last year, the highest annual increase since May 2004

Britons are abandoning 'traditional' social networks
www.telegraph.co.uk

Weekly habit plummets as Whatsapp and Snapchat rise

Thirsty? Go To A Library, Not A Coffee Shop
www.telegraph.co.uk

Libraries should be re-branded as vibrant community hubs offering free wifi, comfy sofas and coffee, according to government-commissioned report

E-readers – The Race To The Bottom
goodereader.com

Ereaders were considered a new breed of luxury items

Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup
www.npr.org

The technology is said to try to blend seamlessly what's real with what's virtual

30,000 People Bought Crap On Black Friday – Literally
www.theguardian.com

The makers of humourous card game Cards Against Humanity sold $180,000-worth of actual poo in protest of Black Friday

Kids Are Thriving, Reading And Hungry For More
www.publishersweekly.com

Crunching Numbers at the Nielsen Children's Book Summit

Paddington: Michael Bond Writes New Short Story
www.bbc.co.uk

Paddington creator Michael Bond has written a new short story about the Peruvian bear

I Asked Jeff Bezos The Tough Questions
uk.businessinsider.com

No Profits, The Book Controversies, The Phone Flop

Amazon Removes Book For Containing Too Many Hyphens
www.telegraph.co.uk

Professionally-edited book was removed from the Kindle Store for excessive punctuation

'Twas The Week Before Christmas And Amazon UK Had A Major Pricing Glitch
www.mhpbooks.com

Amazon UK has not responded to sellers directly apparently

Michel Houellebecq Provokes France With Story Of Muslim President
www.theguardian.com

Muslims rule France in provocative new novel

Museum At War With Writer's Estate Over Potter Books
www.thetimes.co.uk

A row has broken out over a stunning collection of rare books that Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are, left when he died

Google Is Testing A 'Buy Now' Button And Other Features To Counter Amazon
thetechportal.in

Wants to become one stop shop for shoppers so that they do not have to go to Amazon or other Merchant sites to shop after searching for a product on Google

Amazon Workers Strike At Five German Facilities
www.cnet.com

Just as holiday orders peak for the e-commerce giant, more than 2,000 distribution center workers strike in Germany

James Patterson Makes Holiday Donation To Indies
www.publishersweekly.com

Eighty-one booksellers got a special gift on Monday


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