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Rushdie Threatens Legal Action Over Former Bodyguard's Book

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.6.08

Salman Rushdie, no stranger to controversy, has found himself in the midst of a battle over words once again, this time concerning a memoir by Ron Evans, one of the author's former bodyguards, the Guardian reported. Evans, an officer of Scotland Yard's Special Branch, a London police division focused on matters of national security, was assigned to protect Rushdie after the fatwa was issued against him in 1989. More

Author Sells Shares of Royalties for Unfinished Novel

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.5.08

Tao Lin, the author of two poetry collections, a novel, and a story collection, last Thursday posted a rather unusual offer on his blog. For two thousand dollars, readers can purchase a 10-percent share of the royalties, including all U.S. serial, reprint, textbook, and film royalties, for his unfinished novel, which is tentatively scheduled for publication next year by Melville House, an independent press in Brooklyn, New York.

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Amazon Acquires AbeBooks

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.4.08

Amazon announced on Friday its plans to acquire AbeBooks, the Canada-based online marketplace showcasing the wares of over thirteen thousand booksellers specializing in used, rare, and out-of-print books.

 

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Digital Bookmobile to Debut in New York City's Central Park

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.1.08

On August 10, a twenty-first century update on the traditonal roving library, the Digital Bookmobile will make its debut in New York City's Central Park, hosted by the New York Public Library.

 

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Prufrock-Quoting Taggers Target Pittsburgh Library

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.31.08

The Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh's culturally vibrant Oakland neighborhood was hit with a bit of bookish graffiti early Monday morning, much to the chagrin of library staff.

 

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Booker Judges Pick a Baker's Dozen

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.30.08

The judges for this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction yesterday announced the longlist of finalists. The list features thirteen books, including titles by five first-time authors as well as perennial favorite Salman Rushdie, who earlier this month was awarded the Best of the Booker Award for Midnight's Children (Jonathan Cape, 1981). 

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