Wal-Mart Drops Kindles, Davy Rothbart's Revenge, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Revealing the Business of eBooks: 2009-2012, a publishing survey conducted by Aptara and Publisher’s Weekly, reveals that e-book revenue is increasing, yet only 12 percent of enhanced e-books are positively contributing to sales. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, retail giant Wal-Mart has stopped selling Amazon Kindles. (Reuters)

In the Philippines, Hernando Guanlaoman converted his home into a public library. (BBC)

After the publication of Vogue’s recent Edith Wharton photo spread—featuring Jeffrey Eugenides, Junot Diaz, and Jonathan Safran Foer dressed in period costume—Kate Bolick ponders where the women writers were. (Slate)

In an excerpt from Found magazine's Davy Rothbart's new book, My Heart Is an Idiot, he seeks revenge on a scam artist preying on novice writers: "Nobody deserves to be swindled, but it took a particular kind of cruelty to bilk sweet, earnest, well-meaning writers, especially the ones who’d worked hard enough to actually finish a book and were now struggling to get it out there and read by people." (Morning News)

Flavorwire rounded up ten famous authors who were also school drop-outs.

Enjamb THIS! and Confabulist are just two of Elizabeth Bastos's "Small Poetry Journal Names That Reflect the True Nature of Writing Poetry." (McSweeney's)

Shelf Awareness remembers editor Ashbel Green, who worked with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Vaclav Havel, among numerous others, over a long career at Knopf. Green passed away recently at eighty-four.