Books Now Outnumber Games in iTunes Store, Arsonists Destroy a Literary Club in Saudi Arabia, 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:

A literary club in Saudi Arabia was the target of an arson attack on Sunday, raising "fears that the advancement of culture and literature in the Kingdom might be in danger." (Arab News)

In response to a recent New York Times article comparing e-book costs to those of a printed edition, the Atlantic offers a more realistic appraisal of the cost of producing a book.

Books now outnumber games and every other category in the iTunes store for the first time since the iPhone was launched in 2007. (New York Times)

Macmillan will now release e-book editions and print editions at the same time, and will also make a lot more back titles available as e-books.

Tim Burton optioned the film rights to the just-released mash-up novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. (Independent) You can watch the book trailer here. (WARNING: video contains a graphic scene of President Lincoln slaying a vampire.) 

After a new biography accused the legendary reporter of fiction writing, a Guardian critic came to the defense of Ryszard Kapuscinski today, arguing that the author's literary nonfiction books never staked a claim to strict reportage.

In malls across the country, small-scale boutique bookstores are being replaced by big box bookstores in an effort to increase mall traffic and sales. (Detroit News)

Remember that book about Hiroshima the New York Times reported on Monday? Well, despite production being halted after allegations arose over fraudulent sources and the author's credentials, the book has seen an increase in sales since the news broke, and the film rights have been acquired by James Cameron, the director of Avatar. Go figure. (USA Today)