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On Her 88th Birthday, Harper Lee Heralds Mockingbird eBook

ToKillaMockingirdCoverMark your literary calendars. Per an announcement today by HarperCollins, on what is author Harper Lee‘s 88th birthday, To Kill a Mockingbird will be available for the first time as an eBook July 8.

From today’s announcement:

“I’m still old-fashioned,” said Lee. “I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”

Added HarperCollins U.S. General Books Group and Canada president Michael Morrison: “Every home has a dog-eared copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, and now readers will be able to add this favorite book to their digital libraries. Although today is Nelle Harper Lee’s birthday, she is giving readers around the world the gift of being able to read or listen to this extraordinary story in all formats.”

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J.D. Salinger Scavenger Hunt Features Two Famous Magazine Covers

In the summer of 1961, 25 cents at the newsstand got readers a TIME cover illustration of reclusive author J.D. Salinger under the slanted headline “A Private World of Love and Death.” Sixteen years later, Esquire subscribers were treated to an issue teasing the Ron Rosenbaum story “The Haunted Life of J.D. Salinger” with the photo of a Salinger lookalike on the cover shielding his face behind an open book.

These respective September 1961 and June 1997 covers are stealth-featured on the new website launched today by The Weinstein Company for their upcoming documentary Salinger. Stealth in the sense that the materials are not linked on the main navigation menu but rather require some cursor scavenging.

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UCLA Student Runs National Lifestyle Magazine

They say print is dead and that young people will only read articles online. Tell that to UCLA student Lucia Tran. The 18-year-old freshman is the founder and editor-in-chief of Zooey–a print lifestyle magazine with national distribution through Barnes and Noble. Tran has a nice profile in The Daily Bruin.

When Tran was 14 she started the online mag Inspire. Two years later she went analog, creating a print product she renamed Zooey, in honor of the J.D. Salinger book Franny and Zooey. She started the mag with a $10,000 dollar loan from relatives and now brings in $40,000 annually two years later. She has staffers in LA, New York and Oklahoma.

Very impressive, to say the least. Tran will speak about her business tonight at 7:30 at UCLA. More info here.

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Newsweek Plagiarist Gets Booted from Santa Barbara Website

Tipped by a reader, the publisher of Santa Barbara website Noozhawk.com did a little digging and discovered that two of six entries written for the site by Steven Kunes were lifted from Newsweek. The articles in question — “My Children the Experts” and “Don’t Judge the Book by a Cover” — are near word-for-word duplications of work by the magazine’s Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Anna Quindlen. As a result, all six Kunes Noozhawk.com submissions have been removed:

“I’m sorry that Mr. Kunes felt compelled – for reasons that escape me – to blatantly and willfully abuse our trust, to violate our community submissions policies, and to put Noozhawk’s good reputation at risk,” said publisher Bill Macfadyen. “We do take allegations of plagiarism very seriously and will act quickly to protect our name and copyrights. I apologize to our readers for betraying their trust and to Ms. Quindlen, the unsuspecting victim.”

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Joan Rivers|No More News Corp. Deal With NYT|Zuckerman Weighs In On Local Journal Section|Bloomberg In A Reuters Ad|Salinger TK|NYTimes.com Pay Wall

Vanity Fair: Former late night host Joan Rivers: Jay Leno isn’t funny.

Editor & Publisher: News Corp. is no longer in talks with The New York Times over printing The Wall Street Journal.

Forbes: New York Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman calls Rupert Murdoch‘s plan to launch a local New York section of The Wall Street Journal “a brilliant move”, but worries that there may not be enough advertising to go around for all of the local NY news outlets.

AgencySpy: Would you have been able to tell that there are Bloomberg screens in this ad for Thomson Reuters?

J. Alfred Proofreader: Oops, looks like The New York Times forgot to fill a TK in its obit of J.D. Salinger.

Time: Could the Times‘ pay wall plans imply an impending death for the newspaper? “The online-pay-wall plan is the Times saying things cannot continue at this rate. Something has to give, and the paper is hoping it will be its readers’ purse strings. And if not? What would its fans — and its critics — do without it?”

J.D. Salinger Dead at 91

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From AP:

NEW YORK (AP) – J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

“The Catcher in the Rye,” with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made “Catcher” a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight – and concern.”

Read the whole post here.

LAT doesn’t have their obit up. We’ll post more as we get them.

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