Philip Roth restated that he is finished with the writing of novels; a new fragment of Jane Austen’s handwriting has been found; Wired reports the cost of the Amazon Prime program will increase significantly; and other news.
The New Yorker published an excerpt of Rebecca Mead’s My Life in Middlemarch; the Telegraph lists several products that use poets to move merchandise, including potato chips; USA Today details why generations of readers still love Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; and other news.
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.
Oyster, the Netflix-like service for literature, has raised fourteen million dollars in investments; Richard Nash will leave Small Demons and join Byliner; Benjamin Percy’s novel Red Moon has been optioned by FOX TV as a potential series; and other news.
Researchers believe they may have found a computer algorithm that will predict bestsellers; Twitter announced its second annual fiction festival for March 12–16; A Million Little Pieces author James Frey landed a two million dollar film deal with 20th Century Fox; and other news.
E-book companies Scribd and Smashwords have inked a global partnership agreement; a new program based in Detroit—Write A House—is offering a writing residency that never ends; Dave Eggers discusses living in America in the wake of the NSA spying revelations; and other news.
A scholar at Boston University offers a theory that Charles Dickens may have been inspired by the factory workers of Lowell, Massachusetts; the New York Times selects the best book cover designs of 2013; the Barnes & Noble in Pleasant Hill, California, will close at the end of this month; 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.
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.