Barnes & Noble Stocks Up on Nooks, Beer and Book Clubs Don't Mix, 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:

Following Apple's iPad announcement and the Amazon–Macmillan standoff, book publishers are finding themselves with a little more leverage as they enter discussions with Google about its plan to sell digital versions of new books. (New York Times)

Publishers Weekly reports that new shipments of Nooks are headed to Barnes & Noble locations this week. Bookstores had sold out of the e-reader shortly after its launch this past holiday season.

In what could easily be the storyline for an episode of CSI, forensic experts in St. Petersburg have confirmed that bloodstains found on a sofa were indeed left by nineteenth-century Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, who died in 1837. (St. Petersburg Times)

Beer and book clubs—what could possibly go wrong? GalleyCat finds some literary football fans that were offended by a Bud Light ad that aired during Sunday's Super Bowl. 

In an age of audiobooks, the number of blind people learning to read braille is in decline. Salon points out that listening isn't the same as reading.

Bookworm, an independent bookstore that opened in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1973, will close by the end of the month due to concerns about the health of its owner. (Hartford Courant)

Another day, another slew of Salinger essays, articles, and rememberances. Two for Tuesday: Joanna Smith Rakoff's adventures answering the master's mail (Slate) and Mikki Halpin's slightly less flattering assessment (Salon).