Librarians convene in Las Vegas; Elin Hilderbrand battles breast cancer; Smashwords adds daily sales feature; and other news.
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Hugh Howey launches writing contest; paintings of poets; Zadie Smith’s advice to graduates; and other news.
Appeals court upholds verdict in favor of HathiTrust’s digital library; investor pulls out of Books-A-Million; a Barnes & Noble store closes in Phoenix; and other news.
Natasha Trethewey's term as poet laureate comes to an end; OverDrive partners with Smashwords; Goodreads connects readers with authors; and other news.
Simon & Schuster makes a deal with Oyster and Scribd; Kelly Writers House breaks new ground; Brooklyn middle schooler becomes self-published author; and other news.
J. Lo’s challenging memoir; Authors Alliance takes off; one hundred and fifty new words; and other news.
Kiese Laymon on the politics of black male action; Patrick Leigh Fermor book and Tennessee Williams short story each published after an eighty-year wait; Scribd’s new travel book section; and other news.
David Gaughran reports the Bookseller will no longer do business with Author Solutions; author Chuck Wendig takes a close look at self-publishing; Juliet Mushens shines a light on the typical day of an agent; and other news.
The Millions previews the most anticipated books of 2014; Roxane Gay mines the troubling notion that female protagonists must be likable; Smashwords founder Mark Coker reported that the self-published e-book distributor added around 25,000 authors last year; and other news.
According to Bowker, self-published books rose 59 percent last year; Daniel Tiffany explores the uses and pitfalls of poetic kitsch; on CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose spoke with novelist Donna Tartt about her influences and inspiration; and other news.