Disney's Hyperion Refocusing, Dear Mark Twain, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Barnes & Noble announced an expansion of its NOOK Video offerings through a licensing agreement with major studios, including Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM. (Business Wire)

The Wall Street Journal reports that Disney-owned Hyperion is selling off its backlist, and will focus on publishing titles that promote its ABC television properties.

Art historian Zainab Bahrani details the struggle to save the National Library and State Archives of Iraq from oblivion. (Huffington Post)

Gotham magazine profiles Amy Einhorn, considered "one of the smartest book publishers of our time."

CNET looks at the difficulty of keeping amateur porn off platforms such as Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.

A collection of fan letters to the famed author from Hannibal, Missouri, Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers, is out next month from the University of California Press. (New York Daily News)

Flavorwire rounded up great reimagined iconic book covers.

Today is World Book Day.