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Friday News Roundup, July 31, 2009

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Here are some book related stories and tidbits that have been in the news this week:

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos apologizes for deleting books off of customer’s Kindles. (Amazon [2])

Barnes & Noble bookstores will begin offering free wifi provide by AT&T. (Barnes & Noble [3])

Swedish author wants to publish unauthorized sequel to The Catcher in the Rye. (Yahoo! [4])

NPR poll picks 100 best beach books of all time. (NPR [5])

Author Justine Larbalestier writes on her blog that she has no control over the US cover of her book, which features a picture of a white girl, even though the book’s protagonist is black. (Justine Larbalestier’s Blog [6])

The current top 5 Hardcover Fiction Books: (NY Times [7])

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
The Help by Kathryn Stockett