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Iain Banks Has Died

Novelist Iain M. Banks has passed away.

The Friends of Iain Banks website offered this brief message:

“Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain.” We will update this site shortly. Please leave messages here, he absolutely loved them. For now, a fond farewell to our friend.

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Iain M. Banks Is Battling Cancer

Novelist Iain M. Banks revealed today that he is battling advanced cancer. His doctors predicted he had “several months” to live.

Banks has published numerous books in a variety of genres, including his science fiction Culture series. Banks’s personal site is currently being updated to build a place “where friends, family and fans can leave messages for me and check on my progress” online during this difficult time. Here’s more from the author:

As a result, I’ve withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I’ve asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry – but we find ghoulish humour helps).  By the time this goes out we’ll be married and on a short honeymoon.  We intend to spend however much quality time I have left seeing friends and relations and visiting places that have meant a lot to us.  Meanwhile my heroic publishers are doing all they can to bring the publication date of my new novel forward by as much as four months, to give me a better chance of being around when it hits the shelves.

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ScrollMotion Publishes Digital Stephenie Meyer Titles in U.K.

iceberg_01_intro_318.jpgYesterday Scrollmotion and Little, Brown Book Group launched digital U.K. editions of Stephenie Meyer‘s bestselling Twilight series, a breakthrough for international distribution of digital versions of Meyer’s work.

According to the release, U.K. readers can now download “Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse,” and “Breaking Dawn” via ScrollMotion’s Iceberg Reader. The Iceberg Reader works with the iPhone and iPod Touch, and the trial program will also include digital titles by Iain M. Banks, Patricia Cornwell, Dorothy Koomson, and Alexander McCall Smith.

David Shelley, the digital publisher at Little, Brown Book Group, had this statement: “I am really delighted that we’re now able to offer readers the opportunity to own some of our key titles on the iPhone. I think the quality and readability of the apps is superb, and I imagine that many will be as seduced by them as we all are here. To be able to add to the range of ways consumers can read their favourite authors feels like a particularly exciting development.”