Banned Books Return to Shops in Egypt and Tunisia, Penguin Posts Profits, 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:

Random House has joined other major publishers in switching to the agency model for selling e-books. (New York Times)

Librarians are calling for a boycott of HarperCollins after it announced a limit on the number of times an e-book can be borrowed before its license expires: twenty-six. "I simply cannot begin to describe what a stupid, backward-looking and retrograde step I think this is," said one U.K. library professional. (Guardian)

Penguin reported a 6 percent sales increase in 2010 that led to a 26 percent overall operating profit. (Publishers Weekly)

The Wall Street Journal talked to the executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, an art and performance venue in New York City, about the success of the organization's social media efforts, which have resulted in a 30 percent increase in online ticket sales and a 40 percent increase in Web traffic.

Banned books are returning to shelves in shops across Tunisia and Egypt after the regimes that suppressed them were ousted, according to the Guardian. Indeed, "books that had been hidden for years in private basements [are] now once more seeing the light of day."

Nonfiction author Michael Lewis is being sued for defamation of character by one of the financial managers featured in his book about the mortgage crisis, The Big Short. (Huffington Post)

Librarians have joined teachers, nurses, and other state employees in the ongoing protests in Madison, Wisconsin, over a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state workers. (Library Journal)

An unknown writer is posting pages from a serial novel on lampposts through New York City's East Village. The bottom of one page directs you to the location of the next page. (New York Post)