Daily News from Poets & Writers
Borders announced yesterday that it has partnered with Sony to launch a new online store offering over twenty-five thousand e-books available for download onto the Sony Reader. The site is accessible only to Borders customers who purchase the device from one of the bookseller’s brick-and-mortar stores.
On February 7, 2008, Essence magazine will hold its first literary awards ceremony in New York City. Yesterday the lifestyle magazine for African American women announced the finalists in nine categories, including inspiration, nonfiction, current affairs, and photography.
Novelist and creative nonfiction writer Jonathan Ames is no stranger to television—he is a recurring guest on The Late Show With David Letterman—but on Tuesday, Showtime will air the author's long-awaited pilot, "What's Not to Love," based on his essay collection of the same title, published by Crown in 2000.
Larry Portzline, the founder of the grassroots movement Bookstore Tourism who earlier this year announced his plans for a ten-week trip to visit independent bookstores across the country in early 2008, recently decided to call off all activities associated with indie bookstores.
Andy Ross recently resigned from his post as president of the independent bookseller Cody’s Books, based in Berkeley, California. Ross said that he told his staff, "We have gone through so many changes that I'm tired out," the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
'Tis the season for year-end "Best of" lists—as evidenced most recently by the New York Times Book Review, which published its list of "Ten Best Books of 2007" in last weekend's issue—and a couple of dictionaries are getting in on the action.