Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book News from Sheppard's Newsletter No. 251

Thanks to Sheppard's Confidential, as usual, for their diligent coverage of the book world.

Billy Wright plunked down dime after dime for comic books while growing up in the late 1930s and early 1940s, caring for the collection he started around the age of 9 until his death more than half a century later. On Wednesday, most of that collection sold for a whopping $3.5 million. Wright's 345 comics, nearly all of which were published from 1936 through 1941, included many of the most prized issues ever, including Detective Comics No. 27, which features the debut of Batman, and Action Comics No. 1, in which Superman first appears. Read more

International: Amazon removes 4,000 e-books removed more than 4,000 e-books from its site this week after it tried and failed to get them more cheaply, a muscle-flexing move that is likely to have significant repercussions for the digital book market. Amazon is under pressure from Wall Street to improve its anaemic margins. At the same time, it is committed to selling e-books as cheaply as possible as a way to preserve the dominance of its Kindle devices.
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UK: Minister refuses to investigate library closures
Campaigners fighting to save 50 per cent of Brent's libraries have learned that the secretary of state will not investigate the closures. Brent SOS (Save our Six) has announced that Jeremy Hunt has refused to look into the council's closure of six treasured libraries, despite receiving more than 10,000 submissions from the public. Read more

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