Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mistress Tells Her Side Of John Edwards' Affair In Book

(Reuters) - Rielle Hunter, John Edwards' former mistress, writes in her new book that the two-time presidential candidate told her he had at least two previous affairs and also fabricated three other relationships so she would not become too attached, ABC News reported.

Hunter's book, "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me," is set to be released on June 26. It follows Edwards' federal trial in North Carolina, which ended in May with an acquittal on one campaign finance charge and a mistrial on five others after the jury deadlocked.

The Justice Department announced last week that it would not re-try the former U.S. senator.

Edwards, 59, was accused of seeking more than $900,000 from two wealthy supporters to conceal Hunter and her pregnancy with his child from voters during his unsuccessful bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination four years ago.

At the time, Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, was battling cancer. She died in December 2010.

ABC News said it had obtained a copy of Hunter's book, in which she defends John Edwards' innocence in the criminal case while also revealing that he had affairs with at least two other women prior to 2004.

Hunter said Edwards made up three additional mistresses - supposedly in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida - during the early part of their relationship, which began after they met at a New York City hotel in February 2006, because he did not want Hunter to become too attached to him.

She said Edwards told her he had broken up with the fake mistresses before conceding that he had fabricated them.

Hunter wrote that Edwards confessed to having the other affairs but that he led her to believe that she was the last.

Hunter blames Elizabeth Edwards for driving John Edwards to cheat. She describes Elizabeth Edwards in unflattering terms, calling her "crazy," "venomous," and a "witch on wheels."

Hunter said she regretted allowing John Edwards' political aide, Andrew Young, to publicly claim paternity for the daughter Edwards had fathered.

"Of all the things that happened in my relationship with Johnny the thing that I regret the most is going along with this stupid idea and allowing this lie to go public," Hunter wrote, according to ABC News.

Edwards eventually admitted the child was his.

Hunter later sued Young over ownership of a video of her having sex with Edwards, which in her book she says she filmed at Edwards' request while traveling with him in Uganda.

Hunter said she wrote the book to provide her now 4-year-old daughter, Frances Quinn, with a truthful public account of "how she came into the world."

She writes that Edwards is involved in their daughter's life but does not shed much light on the current status of their relationship.

"I really have no idea what will happen with us," she wrote, according to ABC News. "The jury is still out. But I can honestly say that the ending is of no concern to me anymore. The love is here. And as sappy as it may sound, I love living in love."



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Indie booksellers object to U.S. e-books deal

(Reuters) - The American Booksellers Association, which represents U.S. independent bookstores, has objected to the U.S. government's proposed settlement of its price-fixing lawsuit against top publishers, saying it would strengthen Amazon.com Inc's dominance.

The association, in a letter to the U.S. Justice Department dated June 14, said the settlement would create "a significant danger that Amazon will again regain a monopoly share in the sale of e-books."

Booksellers and publishers have been frustrated with Amazon, the world's largest Internet retailer, for using books as a loss leader to attract customers for more expensive products. They say the practice hurts bookstores.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined comment. A spokesman for Amazon did not immediately return a request for comment.

Independent booksellers started selling electronic books in late 2010, three years after Amazon introduced its first Kindle e-reader.

In an antitrust lawsuit in April, the Justice Department sued Apple Inc and two publishers, saying they, and three other publishers, with which it simultaneously settled, conspired to fix the prices of e-books to break Amazon's dominance.

Apple had successfully convinced publishers to use the "agency model" that allows publishers to set the price of e-books, and in turn Apple would take a 30 percent cut, the government said at the time.

Under the proposed settlement, the three publishers would agree not to use the agency model for two years, in contrast to the "wholesale model" in which retailers pay for the product and charge what they like.

The settlement the government reached in April with the three publishers would allow Amazon to resume discounting books. Amazon said at the time that it planned to lower prices on books associated with its Kindle e-reader.

The booksellers association said in its letter that the adoption of agency pricing had helped lowered Amazon's share of the e-book market to 60 percent from 90 percent.

The three publishers that agreed to settle are News Corp's HarperCollins Publishers Inc, CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster Inc, and Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group.

Macmillan, a unit of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, and Pearson Plc's Penguin Group, have said they plan to fight the Justice Department charges, along with Apple.

Last week, Barnes & Noble Inc, the largest U.S. bookstore chain, also objected to the settlement, making many of the same arguments.



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury, beloved science fiction author, dies

(The Lookout)-Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and other iconic science fiction novels, died Tuesday night at the age of 91, according to The Associated Press.



"His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know," his grandson told the i09 science fiction blog.

Bradbury sold 8 million copies of his books in 36 languages, according to The New York Times' obit.

He attributed his success as a writer to never having gone to college—instead, he read and wrote voraciously. "When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week," he said in an interview with The Paris Review. "I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school."

"The universe is a little emptier right now," Texas A&M University-Commerce English professor Robin Anne Reid told Yahoo News. She wrote a book about Bradbury's works and sits on the board of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. "There's less of that sense of joy and exultation that he was writing in his works all the way to the end."

Reid said Bradbury was the first writer to jump from pulp magazines to mainstream literary magazines, thus bringing science fiction writing into the mainstream. Bradbury also wrote fantasy and horror.


*He will be missed! RIP*

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

Quick Lit Bit Of The Day!

Biz Stone (Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone)-is a co-founder and Creative Director of Twitter, Inc and also helped to create and launch Xanga, Blogger, Odeo, and The Obvious Corporation, founded in June 2011 with his long time collaborators Evan Williams and Jason Goldman to focus on building systems that help people work together to improve the world. Stone currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at Obvious.




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Twitter co-founder to publish life lessons in "old media"

(Reuters) - Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is planning to dish up some life lessons that will need more than 140-character bursts.

Stone, 38, is working on a book about creativity called "Things a Little Bird Told Me" that will relate stories from his life and career and encourage others to be think outside the box, Grand Central Publishing said on Monday.

"I've found that my experiences resonate with a very wide array of individuals at different stages in their lives," Stone said in a statement. "I'm excited to create a physical artifact to share the lessons I've learned."

Grand Central's executive editor Ben Greenberg said the book would "reveal how his creativity works and will help readers apply those principles to their own lives."

Stone co-founded Twitter with Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey in 2006, creating a micro-blogging service that allows users to send messages of up to 140 characters and which now has some 140 million active users.

Stone also helped to create and launch social networking site Xanga, blog publishing service Blogger, and most recently, The Obvious Corporation, which aims to help people work together to make the world smarter and healthier.

The Twitter co-founder has previously published two books on blogging, 2002's "Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content" and "Who Let The Blogs Out" in 2004.

"Things a Little Bird Told Me" is due for publication in April 2014.