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U.S. Post Office Issues Flannery O'Connor Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Flannery O'Connor stamp. The stamp is the 30th entry in the Literary Arts series. The 93-cent stamp was issued on June 5th. Read more... July 12, 2015

Man Booker International Prize to be Awarded Annually

The Booker Prize Foundation has announced the the Man Booker International Prize (MBI) will now be awarded annually. It is also joining forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize which was founded in 1990. Read more... July 11, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed U.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate last month. He is the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate. Herrera was appointed by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. He succeeds Charles Wright who was poet laureate from 2014 to 2015. Read more... July 9, 2015



Apple Loses Ebook Price Fixing Case, Must Pay $450 Million to Consumers

Apple was just dealt a major blow by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. It lost its appeal of Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it violated antitrust laws by conspiring with major book publishers to fix the price of ebooks. Under the settlement with the Department of Justice, Apple agreed to pay consumers $450 million if it lost the case on appeal. Read more... July 6, 2015

Court Rules Kafka Manuscripts Belong to National Library of Israel

After a lengthy court battle which has been going on since 2008, a collection of original manuscripts written by German author Franz Kafka will be turned over to the National Library of Israel. The Tel Aviv District Court issued the ruling. Read more... July 4, 2015

Scribd Slashes Number of Romance Titles Available

Scribd has tried to position itself as Netflix for books. For $8.99 a month, readers can read unlimited ebooks and comics. But Scribd has a problem: it's just too popular. Specifically, it has a romance reader problem. Read more... July 2, 2015

E.L. James' Disastrous Twitter Q and A

Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James (aka Erika Leonard) is having a trying day today. Her publicist convinced her to answer random questions from the public on Twitter and it did not go well. Unless, of course, she really is into being abused. In that case, kudos to her PR team for setting up a bullying extravaganza that's still going on at #askeljames. Read more... June 29, 2015





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