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Word of Mouth for Books, Courtesy of Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson, as if you didn't know.

Lee Child suggested on UK TV that for book distribution his publisher could ‘hire Scarlett Johansson to go round and whisper it in your ear.’ What if?

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Is the “Amazon War” Ultimately Pointless?

The anti-memory device?

In Bloomberg View Leonid Bershidsky suggests the ‘war’ between Amazon and publishers is ultimately pointless, since the future of reading lies elsewhere.

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Why Amazon Was Right to Explain Who George Orwell Is

George Orwell, as if you didn't know already.

Roger Tagholm offers brief defense of that irksome phrase in Amazon’s Reader’s United letter, the part where they refer to ‘the famous author George Orwell.’

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Amazon Returns Fire: The Battle With Hachette and Authors United Continues

Amazon Vs. Hachette

Amazon has responded to an open letter by Authors United, signed by 900-plus authors in support of Hachette, with their own open letter, Readers United.

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One Point on Which Jeff Bezos and Scott Turow Agree

Scott Turow

In the film Out of Print, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and author Scott Turow are often adversaries. But they at least come close to agreement on one point.

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Review: Out of Print, a Film by Vivienne Roumani

Out of Print

Out of Print, the film documentary by Vivienne Roumani about the state-of-affairs in the book business and the culture of reading in America circa 2013, is worth seeking out.

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A Pro-Gun Book…for Kids? Oh No? Oh Yes.

cover my parents open carry

Even children’s books aren’t immune to hot-button politics, as members of the pro-gun lobby has penned a controversial kids book advocating open carry laws.

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Amazon Explains Why It Thinks $9.99 is the Right Price for Ebooks

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On the Kindle forum, Amazon said it wants to price most ebooks at $9.99, claiming lower prices will sell more books and return more money to authors. Many disagree.

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Amazon vs. Hachette: Are You Buying Less?

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In a survey, Codex Group reports 39% were aware of the Amazon/Hachette dispute — and 7.5% are buying less from Amazon. Are you?

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Top Authors’ Lobby for Long-Term Strategy Against Amazon

Douglas Preston

Numerous top authors are enlisting fellow writers to formulate a long-term strategy to combat Amazon’s dominance of the market, writes The Bookseller.

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