Apple Loses DOJ E-Book Price-Fixing Case, Harper Lee Lawsuit, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Today, Judge Denise Cote ruled Apple and five major publishers colluded to fix e-book prices. (Publishers Weekly)

New York magazine contributing editor Boris Kachka weighs in on the Penguin Random House merger. (New York Times)

Protests occurred in a Detroit school district after thousands of black history books were accidentally discarded. (Atlantic Wire)

Shelf Awareness has an update on reclusive author Harper Lee’s lawsuit against her former agent.

Writing is a craft. Storytelling is an art. And publishing is a business.” On his blog, Terrible Minds, Chuck Wendig offers advice to writers navigating the marketplace.

The Millions gathered nine scholars to discuss the great American novel, including the work of Ralph Ellison, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton.

Brain Pickings features a rare BBC recording of Sylvia Plath reading “Tulips” in 1961.

Goodreads crunched its numbers and created a chart illustrating when readers put down a book. (Los Angeles Times)

On the fiftieth anniversary of its American publication, Ruth Graham looks at John Cleland’s Fanny Hill—the scandalous 1748 novel that challenged censorship laws. (Boston Globe)