Random House Shuns Wylie After Amazon Deal, Nook for Android, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.23.10

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:

Today the New York Times ran a rare roundup of recent poetry collections from indie poetry presses, featuring books from Ugly Ducking Presse, Coffee House Press, and Brooding Heron Press, among others.

The book publishing industry has in large part reacted negatively to Wednesday's news that the Wylie Agency penned an exclusive e-book deal with Amazon for the backlist titles of several major authors. (Guardian) Random House released a statement announcing that it now considers Wylie a competitor and will no longer deal with the agency on any new English-language business agreements. (New York Times) Macmillan posted a statement strongly condemning the deal.

Barnes & Noble has introduced Nook for Android.  

News outlets, including the Sydney Morning Herald, are tentatively reporting the existence of a handwritten, unpublished Franz Kafka short story in the contents of the four safety deposit boxes of Kafka's papers recently opened in Switzerland.

Will libraries follow cupcakes as "the next big pop-culture wave"? NPR thinks so.

The wildly successful memoir Eat, Pray, Love and its forthcoming film adaptation have set off a tourism boom in Bali, which features prominently in the book. (Time)

Do typefaces really matter? (BBC)

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