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The Roundup: December 4, 2020

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In this week’s issue, public libraries pressure Amazon to license e-books published under its imprints; we say goodbye to BookExpo and BookCon; Facebook and Google face more US antitrust suits and more.

Amazon under pressure to lift ban on e-book library sales
The Hill
Amazon’s refusal to sell e-books published in-house to libraries is sparking backlash as demand for digital content spikes during the coronavirus pandemic.

BookExpo and BookCon Are No More
Publishers Weekly
U.S. book publishing’s biggest trade show is being “retired,” show organizer ReedPop announced today. BookExpo, along with BookCon and Unbound, will not be held in 2021 after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Meet the Editor: Rakia Clark
Publishers Weekly
After joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt last year, editor Rakia Clark is building a list of authors who take on big ideas about race, gender, class and feminism.

How to Let Go of a Book You’ve Been Writing for 20 Years
Author Aaron Gilbreath shares insights on the significance and challenges of saying goodbye after the publication of his third book, which took him 20 years to research and write.

Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020
New York Times
Book critics Dwight Garner, Parul Sehgal and Jennifer Szalai share their thoughts about their favorites among the fiction and nonfiction books they reviewed this year.

Facebook, Google to Face More Antitrust Suits in US
Wall Street Journal
Federal and state authorities, probing whether the tech giants abused their power in the internet economy, are preparing as many as four cases