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On the Books Sept 12: Amazon to offer 'Netflix-like' book lending?

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++ According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is in talks to offer a Netflix-like lending library of Kindle books to its Prime members. Publishers are reportedly less than enthusiastic about the program, fearing that it would devalue their books and hurt their relationships with other retailers carrying them for traditional prices.

++ Knopf is fast-tracking publication of Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending in a big way in order to capitalize on buzz surrounding the Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award. Barnes, who is short-listed for the prize, is widely considered a favorite. Originally slated for a January release, The Sense of an Ending has been bumped way up to Oct. 11, in time for the Oct. 18 announcement of the award.

++ Laura Miller on why there hasn’t been a great 9/11 novel. Agree?

++ Five great author interviews by Charlie Rose.

++ An obsessed fan has written a book — priced at $29.999 — about his affair with Jessica Simpson, despite the fact that he has never met the star.

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