Amazon Sells More E-Books Than Paperbacks, Detective Patti Smith, and More


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:

Amazon has announced that it now sells more Kindle e-books than paperback books. (Guardian)

For the first time, the Man Booker judges have been issued e-readers to read the many books up for the prize rather than print copies. (Sydney Morning Herald)

National Book Award–winning nonfiction writer (and rocker) Patti Smith's next book will be a detective novel inspired by Sherlock Holmes and Mickey Spillane. (Guardian)

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City has acquired twenty-three digital fonts; Flavorwire has a slideshow of the whole batch.

From Digital Book World conference: Where do libraries and e-books meet? (Jacket Copy)

The anonymous author of the novel O has been identified by several media outlets as former John McCain aide Mark Salter, who has neither confirmed nor denied the reports. (Guardian)

Despite nationwide media coverage, reality TV star Snooki has sold less than nine thousand copies of her novel, A Shore Thing. (Hollywood Reporter)

Why don't we truly value poetry? (Telegraph)