Two Major Publishers Report Improved Revenues, the Kama Sutra Audiobook, and More

8.5.10

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:

HarperCollins saw big improvements in profits and revenue in fiscal 2010 and Simon & Schuster marked a "big gain in earnings" for the quarter ending June 30. (Publishers Weekly)

The Financial Times reported this week that Motorola and Verizon are developing a new digital tablet device that will compete with the iPad. No word yet on whether the new device will be an e-reader. 

Is e-reading really greener? (Independent Book Publishers Association)

George Plimpton's son, Taylor, hosted the launch party for his debut memoir in the same New York City apartment where his famous father hosted countless literary parties over five decades until his death in 2003. (New York Times)

According to Pop City, New York City isn't the only town having an indie bookstore renaissance: Meet Pittsburgh's "second wave."   

A novelist and a critic "debate the merits of the Booker longlist" in this weekend's Observer to answer the question: "Is the Booker a barometer of the best literature?"

The Kama Sutra is set to be published as an audiobook for the first time. "Recording the audiobook was when first I realised the Kama Sutra wasn't just a sex manual but a complete philosophy—and the philosophy is a whole lot easier to get to grips with than some of the positions," said the British actress who reads the recording. (Independent)

Check out the ten most expensive rare books sold on AbeBooks this month, courtesy of Huffington Post.