Google Books' Promise, Patterson's Tsunami, Booker Prize's Contenders, Brown's D-Day
Google tells House Judiciary Committee it will allow rivals like Amazon.com and local retailers to access its digital books. ... James Patterson signs a deal with Hachette for 17 more books, six of which will be for young adults. ... A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee are among the familiar names on this year's Booker Prize short list. ... Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" arrives on Tuesday, or what Dan Brown fans have taken to calling "D-Day." ... Solzhenitsyn's "The Gulag Archipelago" is now required reading in Russian high schools. ... Asus announced it will release the world's cheapest ebook reader. ... Yale is coming under fire for not running cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed ini a book to be published about the firestorm created when a Danish newspaper published the same cartoons in 2005. ... Big Monkey Comics is coming to an end. The Washington business said "it wasn't Galactus, Lex Luther, or Dr. Doom that defeated us, but simple dollars and cents."
-- Stephen Lowman
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