Thursday, January 30, 2014

Prize Controversy as Angouleme Comics Festival Opens - and other book news


The Angouleme Comics Festival, one of the world's most respected graphic novel events, is dealing with controversy over its awards program this year. The event will run from January 30 to February 2 and usually attracts 200,000 comics fans to a town in the south of France.
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LBF's 2014 Excellence Awards Open for Submissions
The London Book Fair, in association with the U.K. Publishers Association, is now accepting submissions and nominations for the first ever International Publishing Industry Excellence Awards. Entries for the awards must be registered online by February 22. 

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ReDigi Gets Patent to Manage and Sell Used E-books
Despite ReDigi’s setbacks in court, the Cambridge, Mass.-based marketplace for pre-owned digital content continues to move forward with its plans to resell not only music, but audio books, e-books, and other digital products. The company announced that it has been awarded U.S. patent No. 8,627,500 B2 for its system of “copyless” digital transactions, which allows the company to manage and sell content without making a physical copy. 

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Most Sought-After Out-Of-Print Books : According to a new list from, Madonna's "Sex" is the most sought-after out-of-print title among its users. The top 100 list was compiled based on aggregated searches in 2013 and includes several less surprising entries, like rare works by Stephen King.

Why Nathan Filer Deserved His Costa Win : "The Shock of the Fall," debut novel and winner of the 2013 Costa Book of the Year Award, is a caustically funny yet empathetic portrayal of mental illness.

Blackboard Debuts Virtual Bookstores : The District-based education technology company announced Wednesday plans to open a virtual bookstore where students can purchase or rent textbooks and other course materials.

Man Stabbed to Death Over Lit Debate: A former teacher was detained in Russia’s Urals after being accused of stabbing an acquaintance to death in a dispute about literary genres, investigators said Wednesday.

Matras Up For Grabs : Poland’s second largest bookstore network, Matras, has been put up for sale, with four companies interested in taking over a controlling stake in the chain, which include publishing outfits.

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