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Sunset for Stephenie Meyer's next novel?

Poor Stephenie Meyer. The Breaking Dawn author has a runaway best- seller in her teen vampire series. But now the guts of Midnight Sun, her work-in-progress, have been leaked and spread online. On her Web site, she says the rough draft's release forced her to put the entire project on hold. And to counter the online release, she made the work available herself at her site. (Sort of a pre-Kindle version.)

Oh, the problems that electronic publishing can spark. Recently the Bloomberg financial news network mistakenly released Steve Jobs' obituary, even though he is very much alive. Actually, the problem has been around for decades -- remember the headline "Mush from the Wimp," which appeared on a Boston Globe editorial by mistake during the Jimmy Carter presidency?

The Meyer fiasco reaches another level. She's right to be incensed about the serious copyright issues here. And as more and more books are written, edited and disseminated in the new world of Kindles and ebooks, I bet these issues pop up more frequently -- either by mistake or through mischief.

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