Apple Loses Again in E-book Battle, Amazon Offers Buyouts to Warehouse Employees, 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:

On Tuesday, Apple lost yet another decision in the ongoing e-book price-fixing case, when federal judge Denise Cote dismissed a motion filed by the company last November which contended that the states did not have the power to collectively sue for damages. (Publishers Weekly)

Meanwhile, Amazon is offering warehouse employees who have been with the company for less than a year a rather underwhelming cash buyout of $2,000 each. (Melville House)

Novelist Eleanor Catton explains how note taking helped her to pen The Luminaries, the 834-page tome that earned her the Man Booker Prize. (Guardian)

NPR examines the specter of ghostwriting.

Fiction writer Jason K. Friedman investigates the online traces of his novel that was never published. (New York Times)

The Atlantic looks at the often underrated genre of science fiction.

Meanwhile, Cosmopolitan is looking for a fiction writer to contribute to its Bedroom Blog, a fictional sex and dating blog on the magazine's website, for one year.

Novelist Daniel Alarcón is one of several authors who will appear in Austin this Saturday at New Fiction Confab, a one-day event sponsored by donors of the city’s public libraries. (CultureMap Austin)

Electric Literature interviews author Paul Laudiero about the process of turning his blog, Shit Rough Drafts, into a book of the same name, which was released Tuesday by Chronicle Books.