The Boston Globe reports that Amazon is working on a new product at its lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Paramount has purchased film rights to Sabaa Tahir’s first novel, An Ember in the Ashes, for seven-figures; Callie Leuck weighs in on the Oxford comma; and other news.
Julie Bosman reports that St. Martin’s Press has offered an eight-figure book deal to Sylvia Day; Pew Research reveals the percentage of adults who read e-books is rising; the Academy of American Poets announced that poets Khaled Mattawa and Alberto Ríos will serve on its Board of Chancellors; and other news.
Former New Jersey poet laureate Amiri Baraka died yesterday at age seventy-nine; sales of Barnes & Noble’s Nook fell 60.5 percent over the nine-week holiday season; Graywolf editor Jeff Shotts discusses the art of rejection; 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.
Sofia Coppola will adapt Alysia Abbott’s Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father for the big screen; the Christian Science Monitor reports that independent bookstores are on the rise; Vulture offers a buyers' guide to January book releases; 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.
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.
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.
Natalie Bakopoulos explains the art of reviewing books; novelist Norman Rush discusses men in literature; Guernica explores the power of storytelling; and other news.