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J.K.Rowling's Harvard Commencement Speech to be Illustrated Book

In 2009 Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling gave the commencement address at Harvard University. Her moving speech focused on two themes: the benefit of failure and the importance of imagination. Read more... December 3, 2014

Amazon Reports Big Kindle Sales Over Black Friday

Amazon announced today that sales of the Kindle are booming due to Black Friday purchases. The ecommerce retailer also said that sales of the Kindle Fire tablet have also increased substantially. Read more... December 1, 2014

President Obama, Sasha and Malia Buy Books for Christmas Gifts

It's become a tradition for the First Family. On Small Business Saturday, President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia make the trek to an independently owned bookstore in Washington, D.C. This year they visited Washington, D.C.'s Politics & Prose bookstore. It is the second year they have chosen to visit this independently owned bookstore. Read more... November 30, 2014

Beach Boy Mike Love Inks Memoir Deal

Mike Love, the Grammy-winning singer songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys, has inked a memoir deal with Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press. The book will hit stores in the summer of 2016. Read more... November 28, 2014

Evangeline Lilly Dresses Like a Squickerwonker to Chat About Her New Book

Evangeline Lilly was a guest on Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel to talk about her new children's book, The Squickerwonkers. Evangeline wrote the story when she was fourteen years old, but had no idea how to get it published. Read more... November 27, 2014

HarperCollins to Provide Ebook Excerpts for JetBlue Passengers

HarperCollins announced it has teamed up with JetBlue to provide content for the airline's new Fly-Fi platform. Until recently, airlines have not allowed passengers to access wifi during flights. Now most airlines offer wi-fi, some for free and some for a fee. Read more... November 26, 2014

Bill Cosby Biographer Apologizes for Not Writing About the Sexual Assault Charges

As more and more women come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault and rape, Cosby's biographer has come under scrutiny. Mark Whittaker, a former CNN, NBC and Newsweek executive wrote Cosby: His Life and Times (Simon and Schuster), a 500 page biography that came out in September. Read more... November 25, 2014

Barnes and Noble Offering 500,000 Signed First Editions for Sale on Black Friday

Barnes and Noble is going all out for this Black Friday. The book retailer has been working for seven months in secret with more than 100 of today's top authors to do something no retailer has done before. Read more... November 24, 2014

James Patterson's House of Robots to be Animated Web Series

James Patterson has a new book coming out called House of Robots which is already getting its own five part animated web series. The book follows the adventures of Sammy, a fifth grader whose life is turned upside down by his genius mom's new robot. Read more... November 23, 2014

Whoopi Goldberg Writing Book About the Downside of Marriage

Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg is one of the few people with an EGOT: she's won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Golden Globe. A host on The View, Whoopi is also an outspoken activist. Read more... November 13, 2014
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