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Return Your Books Without Refuse

Libraries are having two issues.  First, patrons aren't returning books.  Second, when the books are returned, they often come with a variety of junk inside them. An Arizona librarian reports everything from cash to toilet paper to muscle relaxants to… more

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Amazon to Purchase Shelfari

Amazon continues its inexorable march to buy everything on the internet related to books.  According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Amazon, an early investor in Shelfari, is now buying the book lover site outright.  This might signal some kind of… more

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First Page: Any Price

Welcome to First Page Saturday. Individual authors anonymously send a first page read and critiqued by the Dear Author community of authors, readers and industry others. Anyone is welcome to comment. You may comment anonymously. *** Men do not go… more

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Bookends Publishing Dictionary

Jessica Faust, agent, put together a short little publishing dictionary with definitions for everything from “advance” and “auction” to “slush pile” and “world rights”. It’s a great little list to provide some insight to those who aren’t on the inside.