Kirkus Reviews Closing, Apple Tablet Expected by April, 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:

Apple is expected to take on the e-reader market next year with a 10.1-inch tablet device (Reuters).

Over the objections of Amazon, HarperCollins and Macmillan have joined other major publishers in instituting a lag between the release of hardcover and e-book editions for certain titles (New York Times).

Kirkus Reviews and newspaper industry mag Editor & Publisher will be shut down by the end of the month, the Nielsen Company revealed yesterday (New York Times).

British firm Interead has announced that its COOL-ER e-reader will be updated with wireless connectivity in mid-2010 (SlashGear).

Faced with a choice between moving and closure, the Elliott Bay Book Company is relocating this spring to Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood (Seattle Times).

A rich crop of transnational collaborations is expected next year from alumni of the “Word Express,” a recently concluded project that saw twenty young European writers journeying across the continent by train (Telegraph).

A private school in Toronto is giving up its traditional textbooks for Sony e-readers (Publishers Weekly).

Self-publishing company Author Solutions has announced a new online service that will allow writers to print and distribute their work through the Espresso Book Machine (Press Release).