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Borders to Close Tennessee Distribution Center, Google's Conversation Mode, and More

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Online Only, posted 1.12.11

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

The J. D. Salinger estate has settled a copyright battle with a Swedish author who wrote an "unauthorized sequel" to The Catcher in the Rye. Publishers Weekly has all the details, including the fact that the book is banned from being published in the United States until the original Holden Caulfield enters the public domain. 

Meet Google's Conversation Mode, a tech tool that combines Google Voice and Google Translate, using "Android phones to record spoken words and then play them back in a different language." (Discovery News)

In a move that sent a "mild shock" through the publishing industry, Susan Lehman, who was just appointed publisher of Hachette's Twelve imprint four months ago, has been replaced by Cary Goldstein. (Publishers Weekly)

According to Publishing Perspectives, door-to-door bookselling is all the rage in Brazil, where it accounted for 17 percent of the total market share in 2009.

Borders has notified the more than three hundred employees at its Tennessee distribution center that the facility will close this year. (WKRN)

Penguin has launched the first book app in the U.K. for babies as young as three months old. (Telegraph)

Why are new books put on sale on Tuesdays? Publishing Insider claims to have the answers.

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