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:
Tin House  will begin accepting unsolicited manuscripts on August 1 for both its magazine and books divisions, on one condition: "The submission must include a receipt that proves the author has purchased a book at a bookstore."
Not to be outdone, Dzanc Books  has responded to Tin House's new policy with its own gesture: "For the month of July, we at Dzanc will donate a book to a school/library for each proof of purchase provided to us of a book bought at an independent bookstore."
Sony has mirrored recent moves by Amazon and Barnes & Noble by lowering the price of its three e-readers. (Engadget )
According to a recent study, "it will take you longer to read a book on an iPad or Kindle compared to the printed page." (PCWorld )
Booksellers are already excited by the early buzz from Jonathan Franzen's forthcoming novel, which hits bookstores in the U.S. in August. (Guardian )
In a recent speech on immigration, President Obama quoted lines (and, ommitted one) from the famous Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. (Oval )
A new novel casts a genetically engineered "part human, part ape" as an adopted fourteen-year-old girl growing up in Chicago. (New York Times )
The Telegraph  has gathered a list of "the best bad books you've never read."