Book Experts on the Publishing Revolution, Hollywood Bids for Books, and More

by Bryanna Tidmarsh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.2.13

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:

A group of writers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, and other literary professionals offer insight into how the evolving publishing world is impacting those who "live by the book." (Washington Post)

Citing the allure of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Publishers Weekly offers five genre poetry must-reads that make poetry more accessible to new readers.

The Guardian reports that Tolkien may have based his "One Ring" on a very real Roman ring said to have been cursed, and which is now on display at the Vyne, a historical house in Basingstoke, England. 

To get to know your books a little more intimately, mental_floss offers ten terms for describing the anatomy of a book.  

In wake of hugely popular film adaptations such as The Hunger GamesVariety notes the surge in pre-emptive bidding for book rights before an author has even finished writing. 

Jane Austen’s characters teach us how to spend—and save—money in a Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift by Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones, an excerpt of which is up today at the Huffington Post. 

Beth Whittingham Pearlman offers advice on how to clean up your bookcases and make them more stylish. (Chic + Glamorous)

Anthony Madrid shares how he uses a voice recorder to foster his interest in poetry. (Poetry Foundation)

While other publishers such as Macmillan have settled, the heat is still on Penguin in the e-book price-fixing case as attorneys oppose Penguin’s request for a jury trial. (Publishers Weekly)

Margaret Atwood fans can now go on a cruise with the author as she promotes her newest book, MaddAddam, in August. (New York Daily News)