On the Books: First book published in U.S. sells for $14.2 million at auction; authors to appear at indie bookstores Saturday

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Today’s book news includes the most expensive book ever auctioned, a preview of this Saturday’s celebration of indie bookstores, and several year-end lists highlighting the best books this year. Read on for more headlines:

The psalm book published in 1640 — the first book published in English in the U.S. — garnered $14.2 million at an auction yesterday, short of the estimated $15 to $30 million, but record-breaking nonetheless. [ABC News]

This Saturday is “Small Business Saturday,” also known as, for hundreds of authors including James Patterson, Cheryl Strayed, and Sherman Alexie, “Indie First” day. The authors have pledged to volunteer as booksellers for independent bookstores, and Wally Lamb has called for more “book nerds.” [LA Times]

Publishers Weekly named Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, along with the ABA’s board as its “Person of the Year.” [Publishers Weekly]

The Costa Award, a prize honoring “the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the U.K. and Ireland,” announced its shortlists. Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life leads the all-female shortlist for the prize’s Novel category. [The Independent]

Time for this week’s lists: The Telegraph selected its picks for the best fiction books of 2013. [The Telegraph]

…And so did Forbes — but for all books this year. [Forbes]

Not sure what books are best for the holidays? Let writers like James McBride, Mark Halperin, and Ann Martin choose for you. Check out their picks for holiday reads. [The Washington Post]

To end the day with some positive news for the print business: A survey found that young people still prefer printed books to e-books, despite their heavy exposure to the e-book market, and to devices like smartphones and tablets. [LA Times]

On the Books will return Monday, Dec. 2. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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