Global Publishing Industry Worth $130 Billion, Autographing E-books, 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 new program called Autography will allow fans to digitally collect an author signature—and a photo posing with an author—and insert it into an e-book, creating something like a signed copy of a print book. (New York Times)

Yesterday the PEN American Center awarded imprisoned Iranian writer and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh its 2011 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, which honors "international literary figures who have been persecuted or imprisoned for exercising or defending the right to freedom of expression."

E-books and e-readers are establishing themselves in the U.K. library system, according to the Guardian.

According to Publishing Perspectives, the global publishing industry is currently worth approximately $130 billion, making it "the second largest creative industry in the world, after television."

Borders has been trying to explain why it plans to recommend $8.3 million in bonuses for executives in a year the company went bankrupt. (Publishers Weekly)

From the Guardian: A childhood poem of David Foster Wallace's was found in the archives of his papers at the Harry Ransom Center in Texas. According to the discoverer of the early verse, it's "pretty powerful stuff."

As the home run king of baseball, Barry Bonds, is convicted of obstruction of justice in a performance-enhancing-drugs case this week, Jacket Copy points out two books that help explain the backstory.

Salman Rushdie has a new job: selecting ten classic American books to put in each hotel room at Andre Balazs's Standard Hotel in New York City, where folks will be staying for the PEN World Voices Festival later this month. (New York Post)