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Random House, Penguin to Merge

Some literary agents concerned

(Newser) - Random House, already the biggest consumer book publisher in the English-speaking world, will get even bigger next year after a planned merger with Penguin. The plans, rumored last week, were confirmed today by the media companies that own the two publishing divisions, Bertelsmann and Pearson. Bertelsmann, the Random House owner,... More »

Navy Seal Writes Firsthand Account of bin Laden Raid

'No Easy Day' will be out on Sept. 11

(Newser) - A safe bet for the best-seller lists: A Navy Seal who was on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has written a book about it that comes out next month—on 9/11, reports the New York Times . The author of No Easy Day, now retired from military duty, is... More »

Penguin to Publish Last Nabokov Novel

(Newser) - The unfinished manuscript that Lolita novelist Vladimir Nabokov ordered destroyed after his death will hit bookstores in November, The Bookseller reports. Penguin Classics, which acquired The Original of Laura from Nabokov's son Dimitri in a six-figure deal, will reproduce the index cards on which Laura was written alongside transcriptions of... More »

Publishers Bank On a 007 Comeback

Bond franchise hoping new author can leave book sales, fans stirred

(Newser) - This year is the centenary of author Ian Fleming's birth, but while Daniel Craig gave the James Bond movie franchise a much-needed recharge, sales of the 007 books haven't caught up. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports, the Fleming estate has commissioned respected writer Sebastian Faulks to pen a new... More »

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