Daily News from Poets & Writers

Adobe Unveils New E-book Software


Less than a month after Sony Corporation announced the launch of the Sony Reader, a device for reading electronic books, Adobe Systems has released a beta version of Digital Editions, a software package that includes an e-book viewer.

Amazon Launches New E-book Reader, Kindle


Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos yesterday announced the launch of Kindle, an e-book reader that his company has spent the last three years developing. Kindle, which retails for $399, weighs 10.3 ounces and can hold two hundred books at once.


Sony Launches Digital Book Reader


Sony Corporation announced yesterday the launch of the Sony Reader, a device for reading electronic books. The $350 Reader, which weighs nine ounces and is roughly the size of a trade paperback book, can hold approximately eighty digital books.


More Memoir Murmurs: Laura Albert's Next Book?

The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Laura Albert, the cocreator of JT LeRoy, the fictional author of Sarah (Bloomsbury, 2000) and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Bloomsbury, 2001), has enlisted New York City literary agent David Kuhn to sell a memoir.

Albert Camus's The Stranger Among Books on President Bush's Reading List


The White House press office recently released a list of books that President George W. Bush is reading this summer. Kenneth T. Walsh, in an article in U.S. News and World Reports, writes that White House staffers have said the president is engaged in an informal contest with senior adviser Karl Rove to see who can read more books this year. 

Knopf VP Fisketjon Wins Maxwell E. Perkins Award


Noreen Tomassi, the executive director of the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction, announced on August 23 that Gary Fisketjon, the vice president and editor-at-large of Knopf, is the winner of the second annual Maxwell Perkins Award for his work as an editor at Random House, Vintage, Atlantic Monthly Press, and Knopf.

Billy Collins, David Mitchell, Joan Didion Among Nominees for Second Annual Quills

On August 22, at a Borders Books and Music store in New York City, NBC weatherman Al Roker announced the nominees for the second annual Quill Book Awards. The prizes, given in nineteen categories for adult and children's literature, are sponsored by NBC Universal Television Stations and Reed Business Information. The public will determine the winners by voting at the Quill Web site. The awards, which carry no cash value, will be handed out at a televised ceremony on October 10 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Carey, Grenville, and Mitchell Among Booker Prize Semifinalists


On August 14 the judges of the 2006 Booker Prize announced a list of nineteen semifinalists. The annual prize, worth £50,000 (approximately $94,900), is sponsored by the Man Group investment company and is given for the best novel of the year by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Ireland.

HarperCollins Invites Readers to "Browse Inside"


HarperCollins Publishers today introduced a program on its Web site called "Browse Inside," which allows readers to view the first three pages of most chapters in over a hundred HarperCollins titles, including books by Isabel Allende, Michael Crichton, and C. S. Lewis.

David Rivard Wins O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize


Poet David Rivard recently won the Folger Shakespeare Library’s 2006 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize. Rivard, whose most recent collection is Sugartown (Graywolf Press, 2006), received $10,000 and an invitation to read at the library in Washington, D.C.