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In the latest round of e-book pricing wars, Amazon announced its new Kindle, priced at $139. That’s a far cry from the first-generation Kindle, which cost $499. In other Amazon news, the company said that Stieg Larsson has become the first author to sell 1 million e-books.

The grand old Italian hotel that was the setting of Thomas Mann’s A Death in Venice has closed.

Just in time for August vacations, NPR has released a steamy summer reading list: One Nighstand, Six Affairs: Novels of Illicit Love.

Amulet books announced that the fifth volume of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series, The Ugly Truth — which goes on sale Nov. 9 — will have a first printing of more than 5 million.