Friday News Roundup, January 29, 2010

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

Sad news: J. D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, has passed away at the age of 91. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Catcher that I think is especially appropriate today:

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.

Howard Zinn, author and civil rights activist, also passed away this week. (New York Times)

Is the iPad too expensive to compete with other ebook readers? (Chicago Sun-Times)

In addition to the iPad, Apple has also unveiled iBooks, a new store for ebooks. (Huffington Post)

Kitty Kelley is writing an unauthorized biography of Oprah. (USA Today)

Waldenbooks employees are protesting orders to destroy unsold books. (The Consumerist)

The top 5 books on the New York Time’s Hardcover Fiction bestseller list:
THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
THE FIRST RULE, by Robert Crais
THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown
THE SWAN THIEVES, by Elizabeth Kostova
THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks

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