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:
Days after the bookseller stopped taking online orders, Borders UK is preparing to file for bankruptcy (Financial Times ).
The latest version of Amazon’s Kindle boasts improved battery life and built-in PDF support (Press Release ).
Random House has updated its “Books = Gifts” holiday marketing program with a Facebook application and Twitter-based “personal shopper” services (Publishers Weekly ).
A copy of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There that once belonged to the real-life Alice will go on the block next month at a children’s literature auction (Reuters ).
Oxfam is working with representatives of the bookselling industry to allay concerns that the international charity—which makes about $32 million each year from the sale of used books—is diverting business from local secondhand and antiquarian bookstores (New York Times ).
A new self-publishing venture lets Twitter users preserve up to two hundred of their most memorable musings in a printed volume (TweetBookz ).
Hachette Audio is releasing the latest David Sedaris audiobook, Live for Your Listening Pleasure, in an irony-friendly format—vinyl (New York Times ).
A spokesperson for Barnes & Noble said yesterday that the company will begin offering in-store demonstrations of its new Nook e-reader within the next two to three weeks (Publishers Weekly ).