Apple Tablet Mania, Zhao Shiying Released, Harper's Editor Fired, 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:

McGraw-Hill's CEO confirmed the existence of Apple's tablet on CNBC, cutting the last shred of doubt over what will be unveiled at Apple's press conference, scheduled for later today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. (Scientific American).

In related news, eBookNewser and Gadget Lab will follow the highly anticipated Apple event, which starts at 1 PM EST. Wired claims that "content creators, not gadget freaks, will be the biggest target" of today's press conference. 

Zhao Shiying, the secretary general of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, was released yesterday. In the same press release, PEN America reported that the Web site for the Chinese PEN Center was the target of a "highly sophisticated" cyber attack over the weekend.

The editor of Harper's has been fired and will step down effective next Monday (New York Times).

Indigo, one of the largest retail book chains in Canada, announced a 29-percent increase in third quarter earnings in 2009, in stark contrast to decreases in sales at U.S. retail book chains Borders and Barnes & Noble over the same period (Publishers Weekly).

The U.K. publishing industry produced more books in 2009 than in any single year ever (Bookseller).

Bertelsmann, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world and the parent company of Random House, celebrated 175 years in the business (Financial).

Three indie bookstores in Indianapolis will close by the end of February (Publishers Weekly).

The largest book in the world will be on display in the British Library this summer (Guardian).