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:
Since the iPad launched on Saturday, over 450,000 iPads have been sold along with 600,000 iBooks, according to Steve Jobs. (Mashable ) In related news, Apple announced that the iBookstore will soon be coming to the iPhone. (Forbes )
Yan Martel, whose third novel, Beatrice and Virgil, is being published this month by Spiegel & Grau, received a nice note from President Obama about how much he and his daughter liked his 2001 novel, Life of Pi. (Winnipeg Free Press )
The Chinese media is currently restricted from writing anything about Google, which is bad news for one author who was planning to promote his book about the company on a Chinese book tour next month. (Telegraph )
Oprah Winfrey may launch a book club program on her new television network, OWN. (Wall Street Journal )
Digitimes  is reporting that Apple is expected to launch a smaller version of the iPad early next year. (Er, isn't that already called an iPod Touch?)
A bunch of "saucy chapbooks" from the eighteenth century were recently discovered in the library of an old British farming family. (Guardian )
Newsweek  wonders if the Library of America is about to jump the shark.
Wired  shows you how to start your own e-book factory for about twenty bucks.
Are you sure you're ready to publish that novel? (National Post )