Authors Guild Opposes Random House E-rights Claim, Scribd Offerings Expand, and More

Adrian Versteegh

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:

The senior editor of Publishers Weekly has apologized after the cover of the trade magazine’s latest issue drew complaints (Associated Press).

The French government has pledged nearly $1.1 billion toward a public-private partnership that will oversee the digitization of the country’s literary heritage (New York Times).

In a letter released yesterday, the Authors Guild took issue with what it calls “Random House’s retroactive rights grab” (New York Times).

Richard Vezza, president of the Penn Jersey Advance publishing group, has been named publisher of the Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey (Star-Ledger).

Unless a buyer can be found for bankrupt bookseller Borders UK, the chain will close its doors on Tuesday, December 22 (Bookseller).

The Scribd Store got a little more crowded yesterday, with Chronicle Books, John Wiley & Sons, Barnes & Noble imprint Sterling, and the University of Chicago Press all announcing that they will sell their titles through the online document-sharing service (TechCrunch). 

The owner of Left Bank Books—which, until last week, was scheduled to close after the expiration of its lease—has announced that his store will instead move to a new, larger location in New York City’s West Village neighborhood (New York Times).

Citing a lack of jurisdiction, Britain’s High Court has dismissed an appeal by “A,” a former MI5 agent, for a review of the publication ban placed on a book about his work with the intelligence service (Times).