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Newport Beach's Bookless Library Plan, Indie Bookstores Fume at Hachette, and More

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Online Only, posted 3.31.11

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:

Indie booksellers across the country are fuming at the news that Hachette has made e-books of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King available for purchase three weeks before brick-and-mortar stores are allowed to sell print copies of the book, which is set in an Internal Revenue Service processing center and has been marketed for publication on tax day, April 15. "Outrageous," said one indie bookstore owner in Brooklyn, New York. “If stuff like this keeps happening, booksellers are going to start suing publishers.” (New York Times)

The Newport Beach library in California is considering dropping books-on-shelves altogether in exchange for a Netflix-style system that allows patrons to order books and then pick them up in a locker at the facility, which would have a central fireplace for hanging out and reading. (Los Angeles Times)

In time for baseball season—and the latest court proceedings in the sport's perpetual doping scandal—Jacket Copy's David Ulin has rounded up nine books on America's ol' pastime. And while we're rounding up, here's ten books to get you through the hiatus of Mad Men.

Earlier this month, at the behest of the country's publishers, the Swiss parliament approved a fixed-price system for selling books online and in print set to take effect next year in German-speaking Switzerland. (Publishing Perspectives)

A self-published British author, Jacqueline Howett, became rather upset at an overall negative, though polite, review on a blog called Big Al's Books and Pals. Her startling remarks in the comments section went viral, and now you can read some commentary on the controversy at Salon and Flavorwire.

Clive Owen will play Ernest Hemingway in an HBO drama called Hemingway and Gellhorn about the famous author's romance with WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich also features in the movie as a Dutch filmmaker. (Flavorwire)

O, Miami launches on April 1 with the stated goal of touching each of Miami-Dade county's 2.5 million residents with a poem during National Poetry Month. Performers during the month-long festival include Anne Carson, Denise Duhamel, James Franco, and poet laureate W. S. Merwin.

Speaking of poet laureates, should individuals in that position take a more vocal and active role in politics? (Philly.com)

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