Borders UK Going Under, Sedaris on Vinyl, 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:

Days after the bookseller stopped taking online orders, Borders UK is preparing to file for bankruptcy (Financial Times).

The latest version of Amazon’s Kindle boasts improved battery life and built-in PDF support (Press Release).

Random House has updated its “Books = Gifts” holiday marketing program with a Facebook application and Twitter-based “personal shopper” services (Publishers Weekly).

A copy of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There that once belonged to the real-life Alice will go on the block next month at a children’s literature auction (Reuters).

Oxfam is working with representatives of the bookselling industry to allay concerns that the international charity—which makes about $32 million each year from the sale of used books—is diverting business from local secondhand and antiquarian bookstores (New York Times).

A new self-publishing venture lets Twitter users preserve up to two hundred of their most memorable musings in a printed volume (TweetBookz).

Hachette Audio is releasing the latest David Sedaris audiobook, Live for Your Listening Pleasure, in an irony-friendly format—vinyl (New York Times). 

A spokesperson for Barnes & Noble said yesterday that the company will begin offering in-store demonstrations of its new Nook e-reader within the next two to three weeks (Publishers Weekly).