Sony Adds Newspapers to E-reader Offerings, Heartland Publications Goes Broke, 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:

Swedish publishing group Bonnier—which owns Popular Science, among other titles—and British design firm Berg have teamed up for the Mag+ project, a series of concept videos that re-imagines the magazine in the era of digital reading (Publishing Perspectives).

Heartland Publications, which publishes twenty-three newspapers in nine states, filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday (Associated Press). The announcement adds another name to the half-dozen major newspaper chains that have gone broke in the past year (Associated Press).

A writer in Boulder, Colorado, was caught shoplifting his own books (New York Times).

Responding to complaints from Hollywood studios and publishers such as McGraw Hill and Simon & Schuster, the World Trade Organization upheld a ruling yesterday that could force China to liberalize its imports of U.S. books and other media (CBC).

The New York Public Library has rolled out a fully functional version of its upcoming Web site for public testing (Los Angeles Times).

Louis de Bernières and Orange Prize-winner Naomi Alderman are part of just one among several groups of British authors contributing to a revival of the literary salon tradition (Guardian).

By analyzing the frequency of new word use in books by Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, and Herman Melville, physicists have developed a theory of “literary fingerprints” (Scientific American).

An exclusive deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is making digital subscriptions to newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post available to users of the Sony Reader (Telegraph).