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Paul Thomas Anderson Wants to Adapt Thomas Pynchon Novel, E-Book Bundle Huge Success, and More

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Online Only, posted 10.18.12

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 Cory Doctorow curated Humble E-book Bundle has garnered $847,000 as of yesterday. Launched October 9, and running through October 23, the promotion allows readers to pay what they choose. (Publishers Weekly)

Meanwhile, AppNewser explains how to publish an e-book using PressBooks.

Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, and the epic novel has been honored with a Google doodle. (New York Daily News)

On its Tumblr, HarperCollins posted Moby-Dick's original handwritten book contract.

The Wall Street Journal reports Amazon is having a tough time breaking into book publishing.

In a study of over one million people concerning, Swedish researchers found "writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse." (BBC)

Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson hope to adapt Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. (Slashfilm)

Deenah Vollmer attended the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany last week, and details what she gleaned, including a new e-book called Kama Xcitra: a Sexual Position Guide with 3D Hologram Technology. (New Yorker)

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