Brooklyn Seeks Next Poet Laureate, E-book Study Launched, 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:

Four months after the death of Brooklyn Poet Laureate Ken Siegelman, the search for a successor is underway (Press Release).

The Book Industry Study Group is probing consumers’ attitudes toward electronic reading for a report scheduled to be presented at the Digital Book World conference in January (Press Release).

Conservation-savvy publishers are starting to include stats from the Environmental Defense Fund’s “Paper Calculator”—which quantifies the ecological benefits of “green” printing—on the inside covers of their books (Publishing Perspectives).

Amazon unveiled a free software application yesterday that will allow users to synchronize Kindle books across personal computers and reading devices (Press Release).

The Australian government has won praise from the Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Society of Authors for deciding not to modify the country’s book importation protections (Bookseller & Publisher).

Erik Engstrom has taken over as CEO of publishing conglomerate Reed Elsevier after the sudden resignation today of Ian Smith (Press Release).

Writer and Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan has leveraged the bargaining power of “crowd-sourcing” with a years-in-the-making publishing experiment.

More (potentially) good news for Pennsylvania public libraries: A new budgeting plan could save Reading’s three threatened neighborhood branches (Reading Eagle).