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J.K. Rowling’s ‘Very Good Lives’ and other commencement speeches turned books

On April 14, a speech that “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling gave to the graduating class at Harvard will be immortalized in print. She joins authors including David Foster Wallace and George Saunders whose commencement speeches have been printed in book form. Proceeds will go to a children's charity and a scholarship program at Harvard.

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‘Game of Thrones’ author posts ‘Winds of Winter’ excerpt

George R. R. Martin has a third sample chapter from “A Song of Ice And Fire” up on his website, offering another preview of the series' sixth entry. The scene-setting 6,700-word excerpt from “Winds of Winter” takes place from the point of view of Alayne Stone, who is in fact returning character Sansa Stark operating under an assumed name

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Winnie-the-Pooh: new tales, and an origin story

A. A. Milne's “Winnie-The-Pooh,” released in 1926, has been a classic for generations. Announced by publisher Egmont, the new anthology is to be published in October 2016, marking the 90th anniversary of the original book

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Traditional print books still preferred by Millennials

E-books have yet to take over from print — far from it, in fact — when it comes to Millennials, according to a survey by Publishing Technology. The UK content solutions provider surveyed 1,000 Millennials — defined here as 18-to-34-year-olds — each in the US and UK to get a sense of how they did their reading over the previous year and found that when it came to books, their preferences remain firmly rooted in the physical world. Only 1.6% of US repondents claimed they had gone “fully digital,” while 3.7% in the UK said the same thing. Of course, most consumers take a hybrid approach, and the survey found that 79% of US respondents had read a print book within the 12 months prior, while 47% of them had read an e-book on a tablet within that time and 36% on a mobile phone

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JennXPenn is latest YouTube star to land a book deal

Jenn McAllister, whose YouTube vlog is nearing 2 million subscribers, has just announced she has a book due out in September — the latest in a string of young web stars to seek success in print. Jenn McAllister aka JennXPenn has already seen plenty of success from her popular videos, having worked with brands including Brandy Melville, Old Navy and Mattel and set to star in the upcoming movie “Bad Night” alongside fellow YouTuber Lauren Elizabeth. Her “Really Professional Internet Person” is being called “a personal and funny guide to creating successful online content and handling the pressures of internet fame” and will include top ten lists, pictures, screenshots, social media posts and biographical stories from the 18-year-old YouTube celebrity.