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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

Man Asian Prize Winner Shin Kyung-sook Caught in Plagiarism Scandal

Man Asian literary prize winner Shin Kyung-sook has admitted to plagiarism in what has become a huge scandal for the popular and influential South Korean author. Shin won the prize four years ago and had denied repeatedly that she had plagiarized passages directly from the book Patriotism by Japanese author Yukio Mishima. Read more... June 25, 2015

Taylor Swift Criticizes Apple Music's Free Trial in Open Letter

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is highly critical of Apple's new streaming music service, Apple Music, in an open letter. Taylor is critical of the tech giant's plans to offer a free 3 month trial to the service because Apple is not offering to pay artists, producers and songwriters during this trail period. Apple Music will cost $9.99 per month after the free trail period ends. Read more... June 21, 2015

John Spurling Wins 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

John Spurling has won the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his fourth novel The Ten Thousand Things. The book is set in imperial China, during the 14th century. The Mongol founded Yuan Dynasty still rules China. The Mongols are still considered invaders and barbarians by the supporters of the Song dynasty. But a big change is coming soon. Read more... June 20, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey Fan Fiction is Booming

E.L. James has just released Grey, a retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey as told from Christian Grey's perspective. The book is the #1 bestselling book on Amazon.com. The book is one that James' fans have been clamoring her to write. They want to know what Christian Grey thinks, and now they do. Read more... June 20, 2015

Amazon Inks Deal With Penguin Random House

Amazon.com and Penguin Random House have inked a deal for the sale of ebooks and print books. Amazon, as usual, refused to give details of the agreement, but said in a statement to Publishers Weekly that it has signed "long-term agreements with Penguin Random House in both the US and the UK." Read more... June 19, 2015

Miguel de Cervantes Laid to Rest 400 Years After His Death

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra , who wrote Don Quixote de la Mancha was finally given a formal funeral and burial by the Spanish government 400 years after his death. The new tomb is impressive. Unfortunately it contains a major typo in the engraving. Read more... June 15, 2015

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