Kobo Announces New Self-Publishing Platform, Gatsby-Inspired Fashion, 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:

Today at BookExpo America in New York City, Canada-based e-book company Kobo unveiled Kobo Writing Life—a self-publishing platform launching at the end of this month. (GalleyCat)

Amazon intends to purchase genre publisher Avalon Books, including its back catalog of three thousand titles. Avalon has been a family-owned company since its founding in 1950. (CNN)

Meanwhile, the Author's Guild requests authors to write the Justice Department via mail or email by June 25th regarding its lawsuit over e-book pricing.

This past weekend, United States Poet Laureate Philip Levine fielded questions for the Ethicist at the New York Times Magazine.

The American Booksellers Association reports the number of independent bookstores has risen by fifty-five. (Washington Post)

Filmmaker John Waters hitchhiked across the United States gathering material for a new book. (New York Times)

A welcome anecdote to 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander-inspired fashion trends, Volume 1 Brooklyn is "totally alright" with The Great Gatsby look.

On the illustrated blog, Bill and Dave's Cocktail Hour, Bill and Dave ask, "What type of annoying writer are you?"

Moneyball author Michael Lewis recounts to Princeton's class of 2012 how he left a high-paying job to write his first book. (Byliner)

If you can't make it to BookExpo America, watch the live stream of events.