Literary Adaptations Score Oscar Nominations, HarperCollins to Follow Macmillan, and More

by Staff

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:

Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of HarperCollins' parent company, News Corporation, made statements yesterday hinting that the publisher may follow Macmillan in demanding higher e-book prices from Amazon. (All Things Digital)

Although the latest word is that a few Macmillan titles are available for purchase on Amazon again, the "buy" buttons on most Macmillan titles have still not been restored despite Monday's statement from the online retailer that it would agree to the publisher's e-book pricing demands. (Los Angeles Times)

Literary adaptations faired well in the Oscar nominations for this year's Academy Awards. (Independent)

San Francisco's poet laureate gave her inaugural address last night at the Civic Center Main Library. (San Francisco Chronicle)  

HarperCollins announced a 25 percent jump in earnings for the 2009 holiday season. (Publishers Weekly)

TankBooks, the British publisher, launched a series of classic titles designed to look like cigarette packs.

Six of the fifteen public libraries in Phoenix face closure due to proposed budget cuts. (Library Journal)

Stanford University affirmed its support of the Google Books Settlement by signing an agreement with the Web giant to digitize its library materials.