Ken Auletta on E-Book Pricing, America’s Greatest Self-Published Novelist, 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:

The Penguin Group reached an agreement with two New York City public library systems, and e-book distributor 3M, which will allow Penguin e-books to be checked out by library patrons. It's a one-year pilot program, which involves a six-month delay between the time a book is on sale in stores, and when it's available as a library e-book. (Wall Street Journal)

On the New Yorker's weekly podcast, Ken Auletta discusses how the e-book pricing war may alter the future of publishing, (and the time he spelled it out for Google's Sergey Brin).

Meanwhile, the New York Times looks at the book market in France, where independent book stores are thriving, and price-fixing reigns.

A woman in Canada saved her deceased book-collecting neighbor's collection of three hundred thousand titles from destruction, but now intends to burn them unless they find a new home. (Lit Reactor)

The Millions profiles "America’s greatest self-published novelist," forty-one year old New Jersey public defender Sergio De La Pava.

In case you missed it, yesterday was International Short Story Day, and in honor of the occasion Harper Perennial released a free e-book, Forty Stories, which includes new work from Roxane Gay, Ben Greenman, and adult-film star Kayden Kross. (New York Daily News)

On Monday night in New York City's Central Park, actor Al Pacino was honored at a dinner party to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park, which has held free performances at the Delacorte Theater each summer since 1962. (New York Times)

If you've yet to view the animated reaction GIFs Tumblr #whatshouldwecallpoets, well, you should.