Oprah May Launch a New Book Club, iBookstore Coming to iPhone, and More


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:

Since the iPad launched on Saturday, over 450,000 iPads have been sold along with 600,000 iBooks, according to Steve Jobs. (Mashable) In related news, Apple announced that the iBookstore will soon be coming to the iPhone. (Forbes

Yan Martel, whose third novel, Beatrice and Virgil, is being published this month by Spiegel & Grau, received a nice note from President Obama about how much he and his daughter liked his 2001 novel, Life of Pi. (Winnipeg Free Press)

The Chinese media is currently restricted from writing anything about Google, which is bad news for one author who was planning to promote his book about the company on a Chinese book tour next month. (Telegraph)

Oprah Winfrey may launch a book club program on her new television network, OWN. (Wall Street Journal)

Digitimes is reporting that Apple is expected to launch a smaller version of the iPad early next year. (Er, isn't that already called an iPod Touch?)

A bunch of "saucy chapbooks" from the eighteenth century were recently discovered in the library of an old British farming family. (Guardian

Newsweek wonders if the Library of America is about to jump the shark. 

Wired shows you how to start your own e-book factory for about twenty bucks. 

Are you sure you're ready to publish that novel? (National Post)