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A federal appeals panel is trying to decide whether Apple Inc. or Amazon.com Inc. was the bigger bully when price wars over electronic books heated up a few years ago.

Thanks to a holiday windfall, Left Bank Books in St. Louis plans to install a security system and possibly update its phones. Strand Book Store in New York City is looking to sponsor field trips that will bring in students from low income neighborhoods.

Cornell historian Edward E. Baptist explains the profound economic importance of African-American slavery.

David Greene recounts the tale of his train journey into the heart of Russia.

5 new dog books make great gifts for your pup-loving pals

Salem Macknee reviews “The Bishop’s Wife,” by Mette Ivie Harrison; “Moriarty,” by Andrew Horowitz; and “The Big Finish,” by James W. Hall.

Small Wars, Faraway Places: Global Insurrection and the Making of the Modern World, 1945-1965 by Michael Burleigh. (Penguin) From Japan and the Philippines to Cuba and Vietnam, Burleigh surveys the international wars and anticolonial insurgencies that signaled the end of the British and French empires in Africa and Asia, and their partial replacement by the United States in its costly efforts to combat Communism during the early stages of the Cold War.

James Patterson

National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson will be among the featured speakers at BookCon 2015.

Steven Pinker's “The Sense of Style” invokes the science of modern linguistics as an arbiter of good taste in writing style.

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