E-book companies Scribd and Smashwords have inked a global partnership agreement; a new program based in Detroit—Write A House—is offering a writing residency that never ends; Dave Eggers discusses living in America in the wake of the NSA spying revelations; and other news.
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A scholar at Boston University offers a theory that Charles Dickens may have been inspired by the factory workers of Lowell, Massachusetts; the New York Times selects the best book cover designs of 2013; the Barnes & Noble in Pleasant Hill, California, will close at the end of this month; and other news.
Phaidon has hired Judith Regan to head a new multimedia imprint; the National Library of Norway intends to scan every Norwegian book in existence; a Charles Bukowski-themed bar will open this Friday in California; and other news.
Jason Diamond picks his ten favorite debut novels of 2013; Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selected Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings as its latest pick; best-selling author Rick Riordan shares his thoughts on getting published; and other news.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos revealed a delivery system in the works called Prime Air, in which drones deliver goods; Kat Stoeffel speaks with poet and Antarctic artist-in-residence Jynne Dilling Martin; Jason Diamond rounds up the best books this year to give as gifts; and other news.
A galley copy of Ian Hamilton’s unpublished biography of J. D. Salinger is up for auction; Tim Ferriss announced he is launching an audiobook publisher; the Independent recalls the life and work of celebrated poet Dylan Thomas; and other news.
The New Heave-Ho, a PDF-only poetry press founded by poet Noel Black, aims to deliver poetry collections to the masses in free and by-donation PDF format.
With an increasing number of self-publishing platforms available online, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. This roundup of available services will help make sense of the options.
Tolstoy’s great-great-granddaughter crowdsources editors; author Melissa Febos on living in and leaving New York City; writer Charles Stross lambasts Microsoft Word; and other news.
Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere was banned from a school library in Alamogordo, New Mexico; the New Yorker gathered several writers and asked for their thoughts on Alice Munro; Maria Bustillos considers the great James Thurber’s role in the genesis of creative nonfiction; and other news.