Two new e-book services, the New York City–based Oyster and San Francisco–based Scribd, introduce a Netflix-like service for the literary set, offering unlimited access to digital libraries by subscription.
Novelist Jennifer Miller examines the marketplace pressure placed on author photos; Jason Diamond showcases his ten favorite nonfiction titles of the year; the Guardian lists the books banned from Guantánamo Bay detention camp; and other news.
Investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr reports from an Amazon warehouse; Carolyn Kellogg reveals that over forty thousand writers completed manuscripts for National Novel Writing Month; Oyster Books is offering gift subscriptions for the holidays; and other news.
The United States Supreme Court rejected Amazon’s appeal over sales tax in New York; David Streitfeld considers the future of the e-book; Claire Messud shares with the Millions the books she loved this year; and other news.
Underdog wins fiction category at National Book Awards and more awards ceremony analysis; fifty books that define the past five years in literature; inspirational NaNoWriMo posters; Tina Brown; and other news.
Farhad Manjoo ponders the driving force behind Amazon’s rapid expansion; Google’s book-scanning lawsuit was dismissed yesterday by Judge Denny Chin; anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani traced the geographic origins of “Little Red Riding Hood”; and other news.
Amazon has launched a Kindle Store in Australia; Anthony Burgess’s estate has contracted with David Higham Associates to represent the late author’s work; a recent PEN America survey suggests writers are wary of government surveillance; and other news.
Zola Books will sell exclusive e-book editions of several titles by Joan Didion; Oleg Kashin looks at the disparate careers of poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Joseph Brodsky; New Hampshire’s RiverRun Bookstore has opened a new branch in Kittery, Maine; and other news.
David Rosenbaum named new head the University of Missouri Press; Apple is developing a technology for embedding signatures in e-books; Justin St. Clair considers the postmodern legacy of Thomas Pynchon; and other news.
Random House will release eight Norman Mailer e-books for the first time; GalleyCat details a nonfiction query that was rejected seventy-five times before it landed an agent; Pankaj Mishra and Jennifer Szalai discuss radical politics in contemporary fiction; and other news.