Foldable E-readers Expected Next, Bad Fiction Contest Wraps Up, 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:

Brooklyn-based publisher Melville House has been named Best Small Press of the Year as part of the Village Voice’s annual “Best of NYC” roundup.

The Concord Free Press—which, true to its name, gives its books away—has just published its third novel, The Next Queen of Heaven by Wicked author Gregory Maguire.

Amazon’s recently announced “Kindle for PC” application is soon to be joined by a “Kindle for Mac” counterpart (Fast Company).

Computer manufacturer Asus is planning to release a foldable e-reader with dual color screens (Times). Meanwhile, Virginia-based rival Entourage Systems is already accepting pre-orders for its two-screen device, due out in February (Wired).

N. Christian Anderson III, formerly of the Orange County Register, has been hired to succeed Fred Stickel as publisher of the Oregonian (Associated Press).

After deep cuts in funding—including a total loss of municipal support—the public library system in Reading, Pennsylvania, is closing all of its branches (Library Journal).

The Australian Publishers Association expects to have a digital distribution scheme in place for local e-books by the first half of 2010 (Bookseller & Publisher).

Members of a New Haven, Connecticut, theatre company—backed by the local arts council and the publisher of the New Haven Review—are keeping the written and the spoken word together with a series of free short story readings (New York Times).

The results are in for this year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, named in dubious honor of the Victorian novelist who penned Snoopy’s favorite opening line.