Daily News from Poets & Writers

Crown Group Splits, Publishers Announce Joint Digital Strategy, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.9.09

Nobel-winner Herta Müller has called for stronger criticism of China; a charity auction is offering the right to name characters in upcoming works; the owner of an LGBT landmark is going from selling books to writing them; a bad mood could make for good writing; and other news.

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PEN Calls for Release of Chinese Writers, Nook Delayed Again, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.8.09

Buyouts are on the table at the NYT; Amazon will make the Kindle friendlier for the visually impaired; a French library is digitizing its Stendhal manuscripts; the cause of Jane Austen’s death is under question; and other news.

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Atlantic Sells Kindle Fiction, “Twitter” is Top Word of 2009, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.7.09

Amazon has scotched reports that it plans to open bricks-and-mortar outlets; five of the nation’s largest publishers have formed a coalition to take on the e-reader market; sub-Saharan Africa’s threatened literary heritage now has a permanent home; one of the world’s most famous LGBT bookstores is closing its doors; and other news.

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Hearst Plans Digital Platform, No Sony Readers for Indies, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 12.4.09

Plastic Logic has added a bundle of science and tech periodicals to its digital offerings; public outcry in California has led to the limited reopening of two library locations; library cuts are looming in the U.K.; the late Frank McCourt has been honored by Congress; and other news.

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Amazon Motion Fails, Record Expected at Poe Auction, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 12.3.09

The manuscript of A Christmas Carol is at the Morgan in NYC, and online for the first time via the NYT; hard times continue for independent booksellers; the 2010 Canada Reads list has been unveiled; publishing exec Philip Turner is launching a new imprint; Hachette has restructured its Headline brand; and other news.

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Nook Injunction Denied, DailyLit Goes Free, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 12.2.09

Google is allowing newspapers and other media sites to limit free access; culture ministers in the EU want a coordinated alternative to private-sector digitization schemes; the rise in e-reader sales is expected to spur a piracy boom; one of Britain’s classic red phone boxes has been reborn as a lending library; and other news.

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