Amazon Threatens to Remove Buy Buttons Again, Barnes & Noble Names New CEO, and More

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 3.18.10

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

The CEO of Barnes & Noble has been replaced by the president of the company's Web division. (New York Times)

Bob Miller is leaving his post as the head of HarperStudio to take over as group publisher at Workman Publishing. (Publishers Weekly)

Amazon is again threatening to remove buy buttons from the wares of "a number of major publishers unless they agree to 'a detailed list of concessions' over e-book sales." (Bookseller)

Kindle's e-reader software is now available for the Mac. (CNET)

One of the longlist finalists for Australia's major fiction prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, is also a finalist for CLEO magazine's Bachelor of the Year. (Sydney Morning Herald)

BookExpo America announced New York Book Week, a new initiative launching in May with public readings and literary events across the city. 

The owners of a "much-loved Parisian landmark" are suing an author for defamation after she used the fabric store as the setting for a crime thriller. (Guardian)

One Liverpudlian linguist seems to embrace the effects of technology—tweeting, text messaging, instant messaging, chat rooms, etc.—on our "vibrant and evolving" English language. (Independent)

Alas, the arrival of grammar-nerd chic. (Boston Globe)

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