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April 2009: Top Publishing Stories of the Year

twilight.jpgStephenie Meyer‘s Twilight series scored the biggest headline of April 2009, as the series ruled the top four bestselling books for the first quarter of 2009–16 percent of all books sold during that period.

That same month, Amazon.com bought Lexcycle, the company that made the Stanza Digital Reader AppAIn addition, the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced. Creating endless anxiety for publishers, Amazon eBook customers begin to boycott books priced over $9.99. In a calculated response to #queryfail day, hundreds of writers pooled agent complaints in a #agentfail day. Finally, GalleyCat landed in The Wall Street Journal.

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on our bad news after a long, challenging year for the industry. Visit our Year in Review link to read all about what happened to publishing in 2009. Include your favorite headlines in the comments section…

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