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What’s better than an anniversary? In the publishing world, the classic bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird turns 50. While author Harper Lee may be a bit of a recluse, that hasn’t stopped fans of the book and author from celebrating – there are events all around the country. Interestingly enough, all this buzz about To Kill A Mockingbird has put the book back on the bestseller list!

To Kill a Mockingbird
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We’d be remiss not to mention the latest development with digital books. Borders is now a player in the market, having opened its e-bookstore this past week. Apple, Amazon, B&N and Borders are currently vying for dominance, but by next month another rival enters the fray: Google, with Google Editions. Things are getting very interesting indeed!

Now it’s a question of whether Google can really help indie bookstores, see http://nyti.ms/a2Ldec.

Google Editions will launch later this summer, selling digital books that will be readable online and on any e-reader – not locked into a particular format or device.

In addition, there are reports that Google is completing a deal with the American Booksellers Association, the trade group for independent bookstores, to make Google Editions the primary source of e-books for hundreds of indie booksellers in the U.S. Clearly, summer is no longer the slow time in publishing!

And now for the roundup of the rest of the news:

* Books-A-Million launches an e-bookstore, http://bit.ly/buXOkP.

Summer reading list
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* ‘In Defense of Privacy: The 20th Century’s Most Reclusive Authors,’ http://bit.ly/9Obcvo.

* The Top 10 rare books, http://is.gd/dbCUU.

* The top 10 high school summer reading books (have you read all these? We haven’t!) http://bit.ly/cE1Dcq.

* James Patterson sells more than 1 million e-books – a record! http://bit.ly/ciUx11.

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* Bookstores plan events for ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’s 50th anniversary, http://bit.ly/aSvuNQ; and, ‘Mockingbird’ runs up the bestseller charts for a second time, http://bit.ly/bGAJZV.

* Amazon Kindle dual-screen e-reader patent granted, http://bit.ly/bdIzhe.

* What does the digital book mean for book covers  (in our opinion, covers still matter, even if they’re a thumbnail on a page – compelling graphics/design and clear headlines stand out!) http://bit.ly/cQXBN6.

* Denver library increases e-book titles, http://tinyurl.com/2ero86b.

* A novel book club idea: Books and Bars, http://bit.ly/bCNo7n.

* Borders opens its e-bookstore and takes on Amazon, Apple and B&N, http://bit.ly/9KuYym.

* Amazon.com announces ‘best books of year’ (so far): http://bit.ly/aoAGtL.

* Will reviewers want digital galleys? HarperCollins hopes so, http://bit.ly/c062Uh.

* Top 10 pubs in literature, http://bit.ly/b3BGY4.

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