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Authors Granted More Time to Consider Google Settlement

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Online Only, posted 4.29.09

A New York City judge approved on Tuesday a four-month extension of the deadline for authors to agree or object to a settlement with Google Inc. over its massive book-scanning venture.

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Amazon Acquires Lexcycle, Creator of Stanza iPhone App

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Online Only, posted 4.28.09

Lexcycle, the company that created Stanza, the free e-book application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, yesterday announced that it had been acquired by Amazon. Neither company disclosed financial details. "We are not planning any changes in the Stanza application or user experience as a result of the acquisition, representatives from Lexcycle wrote on the company's blog. "Customers will still be able to browse, buy, and read e-books from our many content partners."

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U.K. Expected to Appoint Its First Woman Poet Laureate

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Online Only, posted 4.27.09

Carol Ann Duffy has been nominated for appointment by Queen Elizabeth as the next poet laureate of Great Britain.

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HarperCollins Cancels Final Ballard Book

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Online Only, posted 4.24.09

HarperCollins has canceled the publication of J. G. Ballard’s last book following the author’s death on Sunday, April 19. Conversations, formerly slated for release in September, was to have recounted discussions between Ballard and his oncologist. The project stalled after Ballard, who was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2006, became too ill to work. 

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Dodge Poetry Festival Launches YouTube Channel

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Online Only, posted 4.23.09

Despite the cancellation of its 2010 poetry festival, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recently launched a channel on YouTube featuring twenty-nine videos of poets reading at past festivals. The biennial event, which is held in Waterloo Village, New Jersey, has hosted blockbuster poets such as Billy Collins, Robert Hass, Maxine Kumin, and Paul Muldoon.

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Two Suspects Plead Guilty to Plotting Attack on London Publisher

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Online Only, posted 4.22.09

Two men who were arrested last September on charges of conspiring to firebomb the London home of the publisher of a controversial novel about a wife of the prophet Muhammad have pleaded guilty.

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