Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post; Elmore Leonard is recuperating after a stroke; Boris Kachka provides an insider's view of the Jonathan Franzen versus Oprah’s Book Club dustup of 2001; and other news.
The DOJ outlined proposed business practices for Apple in the wake of its e-book lawsuit; a New York City public middle school removed a Sherman Alexie novel from the classroom; Zadie Smith speaks with the Guardian’s book club podcast; and other news.
Publishing Perspectives details the specifics of agent-assisted publishing; Joan Didion’s childhood home is for sale; Evan Hughes considers Amazon’s future; and other news.
The New York Times reports that Amazon is cutting back discounts; Fast Company details how to master self-promotion; Peter Rainer examines the conspicuous absence of screen adaptations of the work of Saul Bellow; and other news.
Zeljka Marosevic details what it was like to work for Victoria Barnsley, who announced yesterday she is leaving HarperCollins; Amit Majmudar describes how he reads the work of Byron in his dreams; Slate features a coded World War I postcard written by poet Wilfred Owen; and other news.
Barnes & Noble announced it’s discontinuing the Nook Tablet; industry insiders share thoughts on the Random House and Penguin merger; France is reportedly considering a ban on some of Amazon's practices; and other news.
Wired considers the implications of the reported cloud services deal between Amazon and the CIA; Vivian Gornick discusses the life and work of Mary McCarthy; a new project from Eliza Griswold and photographer Seamus Murphy documents the oral folk poems of the Afghan people; and other news.
Ira Silverberg is stepping down as director of literature programs for the National Endowment for the Arts; Apple executive Eddy Cue testified in the DOJ's e-book pricing lawsuit; the origins of eight famed author's pen names; and other news.
Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer examines how technology is shaping our humanity; the first photos have surfaced of Paul Thomas Anderson's screen adaptation of Pynchon's Inherent Vice; Amazon made its Kindles available in China; and other news.
Shelf Awareness reports Amazon has made Kindle sales pitches to independent bookstores; swimwear maker Orlebar Brown has partnered with the Paris Review; a secret poet is posting positive words all over the town of Lynn, Massachusetts; and other news.