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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama sign book deal with Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House acquired world rights to the books, and worldwide sales are expected to be significantly great

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Washington, March 1, 2017: In a significant deal, the forthcoming books by former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama will be published by Penguin Random House.

The announcement was made by the publisher late on Tuesday night, following an intense and much-anticipated auction among several prominent publishers.

Represented by Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams and Connolly (one of America’s premiere litigation firms), the terms of the agreement were not disclosed by the Obamas.

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Publishing industry insiders, however, expect this deal to be among the highest made till date, stretching into tens of millions of dollars.

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs Obama. With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same,” the Chief Executive of Penguin Random House, Markus Dohle, said in a statement.

“Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance,” he added.

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Penguin Random House acquired world rights to the books, and worldwide sales are expected to be significantly great.

The Obamas plan to donate a portion of their advances to charity, it was revealed.

The publisher also plans to donate one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book, a Penguin Random House nonprofit partner, and the Washington-based partner for the 2016 White House digital education initiative, Open eBooks. (IANS)

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Smartphones Take Away Books From People Of Taiwan

Excluding those who read comic books, magazines or digital books, about 40.8 per cent of those surveyed said they read no print book in 2018, according to the survey on people's reading behaviour by the United Daily News's Vision Project.

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10.7 per cent said they had no such book-reading habit, further analysis by the survey found. Pixabay

More than one-fifth of people in Taiwan did not read a single book last year as smartphones, tablets and computers take up most people’s time, according to a survey.

Excluding those who read comic books, magazines or digital books, about 40.8 per cent of those surveyed said they read no print book in 2018, according to the survey on people’s reading behaviour by the United Daily News’s Vision Project.

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About 20.6 per cent of respondents who read no books last year said they simply didn’t like reading and 10.7 per cent said they had no such book-reading habit, further analysis by the survey found. Pixabay

According to the research, 1,556 respondents were surveyed from December 28, 2018 to January 3, 2019, Xinhua news agency reported.

Of those respondents who read no print books last year, about one-third of them said the last time they read a print book was one to three years ago. Another 20 per cent said their last book reading occurred more than 10 years ago.

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40 per cent said they had no time for reading or that reading took up too much time, it said. Pixabay

About 20.6 per cent of respondents who read no books last year said they simply didn’t like reading and 10.7 per cent said they had no such book-reading habit, further analysis by the survey found.

And 40 per cent said they had no time for reading or that reading took up too much time, it said.

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Among those who read print books, about one third spent one to three hours a week reading and 14 per cent spent three to five hours a week reading, 12 per cent spent more than nine hours a week reading, according to the survey. (IANS)