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Finalists for Kirkus Prize announced; National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35; Lee Child on why the Amazon-Hachette battle matters; and other news.
by Kevin Nance
On its surface, the ongoing dispute between Hachette Book Group and Amazon is about the price of e-books, but as more authors and traditional publishers square off against the giant online retailer, which has plenty of defenders of its own, many in the industry are starting to believe the battle is about something much more fundamental—it’s about the future of literature itself.
Amazon and Perseus strike a new deal; Paul Theroux on the short story; Thomas Pynchon rumored to make an onscreen appearance; and other news.
Penguin launches Cartoon Network imprint; speed-reading a novel; the trouble with writing; and other news.
National Book Award in Fiction longlist announced; Terrance Hayes on music in poetry; Alison Bechdel to write memoir on fitness fads; and other news.
Haruki Murakami on the importance of mystery; the National Book Award in Poetry longlist announced; James Patterson donates books to troops; and other news.
J. K. Rowling campaigns against Scottish independence; indie bookstores report sales are up; the demand for dystopian fiction; and other news.
Kobo launches first waterproof e-reader; Robin Williams biography in the works; how where you live affects your writing; and other news.
by Rachel Lieff Axelbank
As a digital publisher and distributor of e-books from small presses like Black Balloon, Curbside Splendor, and Tin House Books, 0s&1s Novels is reinventing how authors are paid for electronic material.
Amazon responds to German authors' protest; the most powerful man in publishing; J. K. Rowling pens a new short story set in the Harry Potter universe; and other news.
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