Daily News from Poets & Writers

Kobo Cut Loose, Women’s Bookstore Appeals for Donations, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.17.09

The Poetry Foundation has compiled its 2009 best-seller list; an amateur artist is illustrating Moby-Dick, page by page; literary agents are gaining acceptance in French publishing circles; Laredo could start the new year as the nation’s largest city without a bookstore; and other news.

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Authors Guild Opposes Random House E-rights Claim, Scribd Offerings Expand, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.16.09

New Jersey’s largest newspaper has a new publisher; France will fund a public-private partnership to digitize its cultural archives; Borders UK is set to close next week; an independent bookstore in NYC is getting a new lease on life; and other news.

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Kobo Partners with Internet Archive, New Yorker Preempts Fiction Issue, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 12.15.09

The country’s first carbon-positive library has opened; December is Cthulhu Month at Tor Books; the British Library and the BBC are partnering to build a massive digital archive; ‘tis the season for library dance parties; and other news.

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PEN Denounces Indictment of Chinese Critic, Random House Claims Backlist E-rights, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.14.09

Scotland’s version of the Book of Kells is going on public display; even the author of Fahrenheit 451 couldn’t keep a California library open; digital publisher Zinio is looking beyond dedicated e-readers; McSweeney’s newspaper edition is selling out in San Francisco; and other news.

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Kirkus Reviews Closing, Apple Tablet Expected by April, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.11.09

The world’s largest self-publishing firm has signed a deal with On Demand Books, makers of the Espresso Book Machine; former passengers on the “Word Express” will publish a host of collaborative projects next year; two more big publishers have announced e-book delays; and other news.

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Publishers to Delay E-books, Hachette UK Files Borders Lawsuit, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.10.09

A library in Washington State is experimenting with an unstaffed “express branch”; social networking site Goodreads has wrapped up a seven-figure fundraiser; a trio of new Brontë films is in the works, thanks to a certain exsanguinary franchise; and other news.

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