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Barack Obama Bookstore; Tim O’Brien Writing Tips; Gossip Girl Producer Book Deal: Weekend Reading

As you enjoy the weekend, check out the video embedded above and learn how to make a cover for your Amazon Kindle (or other eReader)–from scratch. If you want more weekend reading, here are our favorite headlines from the week.

We learned how to use Google TV ads to promote your book (cheaply!) on television.

Novelist Tim O’Brien gave us writing tips and reflected on the 20th anniversary of The Things They Carried.

While President Barack Obama used an indie bookstore in Iowa to illustrate his health care plan, the Washington Post and PublicAffairs decided to rush a new book about the health insurance reform bill.

A Gossip Girl producer landed a book deal for a YA trilogy. In semi-related news, two Jersey Shore castmates also cut a book deal.

Following controversial reviews of a Michael Lewis bestseller, readers debated Amazon’s customer reviews policy.

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