Black History Month, Cairo Book Fair Canceled, Borders on Brink of Bankruptcy, 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:

Yesterday marked the start of Black History Month. To honor the occasion, the Baltimore Sun has a list of the best books about the lives of legendary African Americans published or reprinted in 2010.

The Poetry Foundation has published a pamphlet titled "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry" in the hopes of clarifying permissions issues within the genre. (Chicago Tribune)

Apple has announced a shift in its app policies that will require any e-book purchased on an iPhone or iPad through outside apps to go through the technology company's system "with Apple getting its standard 30 percent cut of the transaction." Sony's iPhone application, which would have allowed users to buy e-books from the Sony Reader Store, has been rejected. (New York Times)

A former Apple designer has launched a digital book making company called Push Pop Press, with its first titles coming to the iPad and iPhone later this year. (All Things Digital)

As Border's stands on the brink of a bankruptcy filing in the United States (Bloomberg), Waterstone's book retailer in the United Kingdom announced plans to close eleven branches this week. (Guardian)

The forty-third annual Cairo International Book Fair, the oldest and largest event of its kind in the Arab world, has been canceled due to the demonstrations in Egypt. Over six hundred publishers will be adversely affected by the cancelation of an event that sees an estimated two million attendees. (Jacket Copy)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei, who has emerged as an opposition leader in the protests against Mubarak's government in Egypt, will have his first book published a few months early by Metropolitan Books. The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times will be released in April instead of June. (Jacket Copy)

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