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A Treaty To Make Books More Accessible

Debate continues over a treaty that would relax copyright rules to make published work more accessible to the visually impaired living in developing countries.

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An Apocalyptic Romp Through The 'Golden' State

Golden Days starts out like a fun Los Angeles romp. By the end it's a devastating portrait of life after a nuclear blast. Author Gabrielle Zevin says it showed her that novels, like life, can span multiple genres. Do you have a favorite book about life in California? Tell us in the comments.
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Author Peter James And Sidekick Track Seaside Crime

Working closely with a former detective, James still goes out with Brighton police to gather material for his work about an English city with a rich criminal history.
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'American Dream,' Betrayed By Bad Economic Policy

Journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele say a government commitment to free trade and an indifference to offshoring of jobs has crippled the middle class. And, they say, that situation is unlikely to change, no matter who wins this year's presidential election.
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A Story Of Ancient Power In 'The Rise of Rome'

In the new book, The Rise of Rome, author Anthony Everitt tracks Rome's ascension from a small market town to the greatest empire in the ancient world. Along the way, he traces the rise of some of the ancient world's most powerful players.
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Murderous 'Thugs' From India To London

Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Tabish Khair about The Thing About Thugs, his new novel about the myths of murderous Indian cult of "thugees."
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In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art?

For the past 25 years, Chip Kidd has made a name for himself as a top book designer. His designs have helped transform books into visual icons. But in the brave new world of e-books, where covers are often shrunk to thumbnail sketches on a screen, will beautifully designed covers become a dying art?

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