Daily News from Poets & Writers

Hearing Set for Google Settlement, Nabokov Covers Redesigned, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 11.20.09

Critics have charged that the new Google deal still lacks pricing and privacy protections; a slew of award-winning authors are in the running for this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction award; an online authors’ directory now has a Scribd tie-in; the ALA is at work on its annual Library Design Showcase; and other news.

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NYPL Prez to Retire, Istanbul Book Fair Wraps Up, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 11.19.09

A literary collective has revamped its online magazine; preorders for Sony’s new wireless e-reader are already causing delays; agent Irene Goodman is raising money for charity by auctioning off her critical services; a new Web site examines how libraries can stay relevant in the digital age; and other news.

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More Müller in English, OUP Crowns Word of the Year, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 11.18.09

Mystery maven Otto Penzler will publish an eponymous imprint next year; new technology allows e-books to be converted en masse to the popular ePub standard; cuts to library funding in Massachusetts have met with protests; Aussie booksellers are miffed at the persistence of import regulations; and other news.

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Window Media Folds, Kindle Comes to Canada, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 11.17.09

Plans for a PBS debate yesterday fizzled after a Google Books rep failed to show; the Writers Union of Canada is opposing the revised book-scanning settlement; Smashwords has inked a global distribution deal with a “cloud-computing” firm; the latest ranking of public libraries is out this week; and other news.

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Revised Google Settlement Filed, Adelaide Writers Week Planned, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 11.16.09

Most foreign-language works have been dropped from the Google Books settlement; the Open Book Alliance has cried foul on the new deal; Sony is rolling out themed e-readers for the holidays; a library in Phoenix is going shopping after collecting a massive late fine; and other news.

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New Central Library Planned in Madison, Chemists Analyze Book Odor, and More

by Adrian Versteegh

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Online Only, posted 11.13.09

Advocates for the visually impaired say the Kindle needs improvements; the submissions pool for a new literary journal is an online forum; staff at the Sonoma County Library system will take an unpaid furlough over the holidays; the musty smell of old books contains useful data for preservationists; the “On Translation” conference gets underway today in Vienna; and other news.

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