Amazon Launches Kindle E-Bookstore in China, Favorite Books of 2012, 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:

Amazon has launched a Kindle store in China. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities are looking into whether Amazon is violating any laws by selling e-books. (ZDNet)

The New York Times, partnering with Byliner, has created an e-book publishing program. (BusinessWire)

Literary critic David L. Ulin lists his favorite books of 2012, and noted that this year's standout novels "both portray and reflect upon the spirit of their moment."

New Yorker contributors, including Thomas Beller, Maile Meloy, and Teju Cole, list their favorite books from 2012.

Intelligent Life has asked seven novelists, including Allison Pearson, to share their thoughts on one of Jane Austen's most famous characters—Mr. Darcy—as we approach the two hundredth anniversary of Pride and Prejudice.

A discovery of a manuscript in Denmark's national archives may be a forgotten story by Hans Christian Andersen. (San Francisco Chronicle)

With new education legislation under consideration in Florida, the Atlanta Journal Constitution asks, "Should colleges charge future engineers less than future poets?"