On the Books: Nicholas Sparks tops best-seller list; Apple applies for patent on e-book autographs

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We’re ending the week mostly with a slew of updates on the top book headlines of the month. Check out today’s books news and more below:

Nicholas Sparks tops USA Today‘s best-seller list for the 11th time with The Longest Ride. [USA Today]

Want your e-book signed? Apple’s got the answer: The company has applied for a patent on technology that would let authors digitally autograph e-books. [PC Magazine]

But don’t forget to actually read the book. It turns out a little more than half of Americans read at least one book for fun last year, says a National Endowment for the Arts report. [NEA]

On to the updates: A former resident of the North Carolina county that reversed the ban on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man convinced the book’s publishers to give copies to students for free. [The Atlantic Wire]

Over at the New Yorker, Teju Cole wrote a moving memorial for Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, who was killed in the Nairobi mall attack. [The New Yorker]

After the Man Booker Prize announced its decision to allow American authors to be considered for the award, the Prize’s e-Council member Lady Antonia Fraser has resigned as an adviser because, she says, “I was not warned about this when I was asked to join.” [London Evening Standard]

Finally, here’s your question of the day: What does the “sci-fi” genre really mean? Damien Walter breaks it down. [The Guardian]

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