Late Friday News Roundup, October 23, 2009

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

Is Barnes & Noble’s new ebook reader, the Nook, a Kindle killer? (PC World)

The price war between Amazon, Target, and Walmart is worrying the publishing industry. (NY Times)

This hilarious essay argues that reading is the second most intimate human activity, which is why you should resist book clubs. (The Walrus)

Read an excerpt from Nick Hornby’s book 31 Songs where he discusses the song “A Minor Incident” by Badly Drawn Boy (a great song from one of my favorite movies, About a Boy). (Penguin)

Plagiarism software may have detected a new Shakespeare play. (Time)

A former school district trustee in Orange County is trying to ban Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, from school libraries. I’m sure Maya Angelou wishes she lived a life where she wasn’t raped, but that’s not the case. (OC Register)

The top 5 books on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List:

THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown

A TOUCH OF DEAD, by Charlaine Harris

THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

THE PROFESSIONAL, by Robert B. Parker

THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks

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