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Budget Cuts Loom for the Southern Review, LSU Press

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Online Only, posted 5.22.09

Officials at Louisiana State University (LSU) say funding cuts under consideration by the state legislature could threaten the survival of the Southern Review and LSU Press. The revered literary journal and the state’s only university-supported publishing house were among those singled out in the university's preliminary budget reduction proposal.

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Reading Rights Coalition Steps Up Criticism of Random House Over Text-to-Speech Function

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Online Only, posted 5.21.09

Two months after the National Federation of the Blind and eight other disability groups wrote a strongly worded letter to Random House asking the publisher to reconsider its decision to deactivate the Amazon Kindle 2's text-to-speech function for its e-book titles, Random House last week went ahead with its plan to disable the software, provoking a sharp rebuke from the coalition.

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Bowker: Print-on-Demand Up, Traditional Books Down for 2008

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Online Only, posted 5.20.09

There was a slight decline in traditional book production last year, but the number of print-on-demand books more than doubled, reported Bowker, the agency that publishes the Books In Print database and assigns ISBNs.

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VQR Takes Top Independent Press Award

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Online Only, posted 5.19.09

The Virginia Quarterly Review won the 2009 Utne Independent Press Award in the category of general excellence, the Utne Reader announced. The editors cited the quarterly journal's focus on long-form narrative journalism: "No one is doing it with more heart or soul."

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Oxford University Appoints First Woman Professor of Poetry

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Online Only, posted 5.18.09

Two weeks after Great Britain appointed its first ever woman poet laureate, Oxford University has elected its first female professor of poetry.

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New England Review Faces Budgeting Ultimatum

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Online Only, posted 5.15.09

The New England Review has until the end of 2011 to become self-supporting or it will lose its sponsorship, Middlebury College announced this week. The thirty-year-old magazine was included in a list of recommended cuts released on Tuesday by the Vermont college’s Budget Oversight Committee.

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