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The NEA's Big Read Reaches Readers Around the World

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Online Only, posted 11.14.07

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced yesterday that it plans to expand the Big Read to military bases abroad. Beginning next year, military installations in Germany, Guam, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom will receive readers guides, teachers guides, radio broadcasts, and other materials that can be used to organize community-wide reading programs focusing on a single book.

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Chinese Novelist Jiang Rong Wins Man Asian Literary Prize

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Online Only, posted 11.13.07

The London-based financial services company Man Group recently announced that Chinese novelist Jiang Rong is the winner of the first Man Asian Literary Prize. His novel Wolf Totem, first published in Chinese, is scheduled for a March 2008 release by Penguin Press. The book, set in Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revo

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Just Like Jiffy Lube: Borders Wants Customers to Watch TV

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Online Only, posted 11.12.07

In an effort to expand its entertainment offerings, Borders recently installed televisions in sixty of its bookstores, the New York Times reported today. Two thirty-seven-inch television screens in each store broadcast advertisements, news, weather, and original programming under the moniker Borders TV.

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Simon & Schuster's New Paper Policy Will Save 483,000 Trees Each Year

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Online Only, posted 11.8.07

Simon & Schuster recently committed to increasing the level of recycled fiber in its paper from 10 percent to 25 percent within the next four years. The publisher also announced plans to buy 10 percent of its paper from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world's forests. More

James Frey Lawsuit Settled: Judge Orders 1,729 Refunds

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Online Only, posted 11.5.07

On Friday, a federal court judge in New York City approved a settlement in the lawsuit brought against Random House by 1,729 readers who bought James Frey's controversial memoir A Million Little Pieces. Those readers, all of whom bought the book before January 26, 2006, the day the author and his publisher acknowledged that parts of the book are fictional, will receive a refund. The settlement will cost Random House $27,348 in refunds as well as over $1 million in legal expenses. The settlement also calls for the publisher to donate a total of $180,000 to the American Red Cross, the Hazeldon addiction treatment center, and First Book. More

Houghton Mifflin Inks Deal to Deliver Books to Cell Phones

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Online Only, posted 11.2.07

Houghton Mifflin announced today that it has signed a deal with the technology company Mobifusion to offer the electronic delivery of books to cell phones, Publishers Weekly reported.

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