The VIDA count for 2012 has been published, which spotlights gender disparity among publications; Paul Ford considers Amazon's foggy corporate culture; LynDee Walker shares unconventional tips on dealing with rejection; and other news.
Amazon warns Apple handheld users there's a bug in the current update of its e-reader app; Open Culture features F. Scott Fitzgerald's tips for writing fiction; Paris Review Daily visits the venerable Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and other news.
The Wall Street Journal shines a light on a company called ResultSource, which purchases vast amounts of an author's books to game the bestseller lists; Sarah Jaffe examines gender disparity in books and culture reporting; Seth Fried explains how to interpret your rejection letters; and other news.
Three indy bookstores have filed a lawsuit against Amazon and the big six publishers; poet and critic Adam Kirsch takes the pulse of the contemporary essay; Volume 1 Brooklyn dedicated its first in a series of literary trading cards to David Foster Wallace; and other news.
Amazon fired the security company accused of mistreating foreign-born temp workers; a federal jury awarded Patricia Cornwell over fifty million dollars in damages; a major theme of this year's PEN World Voices Festival is bravery; and other news.
GalleyCat lists a few ideas of how authors can make use of Twitter’s new Vine; Peter Osnos considers the fate of Barnes & Noble; Publishers Lunch has created a new edition of Buzz Books—a free e-book which features excerpts from upcoming releases; and other news.
Eight thousand volumes of centuries-old texts were saved from destruction during the recent fighting in Timbuktu; Nathan Bransford is hosting a contest to win a chance to have part of your manuscript read by InkWell literary agent Catherine Drayton; the Believer and Los Angeles NPR station KCRW have launched a podcast called the Organist; and other news.
Amazon reported its net sales increased 22 percent in 2012's last quarter; Brooklyn magazine speaks with Emily Gould and Ruth Curry, founders of Emily Books; David Abrams remembers the writers who died this past year; and other news.
Amazon has launched a Kindle store in China; a discovery of a manuscript in Denmark's national archives may be a forgotten story by Hans Christian Andersen; the New York Times has created an e-book publishing program; and other news.