The Taming of the Shrew in Urdu, the Digital Book World Conference in New York, 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:

A Chilean author depicted urinating on the grave of Jorge Luis Borges on the cover of his newest book has "provoked outrage in Borges's Native Argentina," though the writer admits he was in fact cleverly hiding a water bottle (hence the stream of water) in the photograph. "I am not just a person who goes around peeing on tombs, but a writer with a serious oeuvre," Eduardo Labarca said. (Guardian)

The Digital Book World conference began yesterday in snowy New York City. Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg is blogging from the event through Wednesday.

Now that digital books are all the rage, what do you do with all those "hefty, nice-smelling tomes that lined the walls of your childhood home?" Flavorwire has advice for repurposing books after the Internet apocalypse.

What can booksellers learn from bike sellers? The American Booksellers Association took a tour of a bike shop, and NPR tagged along.

India's proposed Copyright Act virtually eliminates the idea of Indian territorial rights for published books, meaning that "any book sold anywhere in the world can be legally sold in India." Publishers warn that it could result in the "swift death" of Indian writing in English. (IBN)

Starting on April 23 of next year—the bard's birthday—Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London will stage every one of the Stratford-upon-Avon writer's thirty-eight plays in a different language, as part of the build up to the 2012 Olympics. (Telegraph)

The Personal Finance Bulletin takes a look at how the Nook and Nook Color helped Barnes & Noble post its best holiday sales in a decade.

Can you judge a book by its cover? (Guardian)