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Thursday News: Bionic leg and more vampires; increased ebook market...

“The leg is designed to respond to electrical impulses from muscles in his hamstring. When Vawter thought about climbing the stairs, the motors, belts and chains in his leg synchronized the movements of its ankle and knee.

The computerized prosthetic limb, like something from a sci-fi film, weighs about 10 pounds and holds two motors.”

“Speaking at a press junket for the new movie, Meyer was quoted by The Metro as saying, “I wouldn’t say no absolutely (to more books). I’m not going to do it today, but I don’t know how I’m going to feel in five years.I planned out where it would go for a couple more books… there are other characters who I think would have a lot of voice in those coming stories.””

In the year-to-year comparison, the hardcover and trade paperback segments both lost two percentage points each to e-books, while mass market paperbacks’ share fell from 15% in the second quarter of 2011 to 12% in this year’s second period.

Through the first nine months of 2012, sales were up 3%, to $575, while OIBDA fell to $53 million from $58 million due mainly to costs associated with the Department of Justice e-book price-fixing lawsuit and settlement.