Five American authors have made the longlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The prestigious award gives 50,000 pounds sterling to the author who wrote the best novel of the year published in English. There are thirteen finalists, five of whom are Americans.
Read more... July 30, 2015
The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Flannery O'Connor stamp. The stamp is the 30th entry in the Literary Arts series. The 93-cent stamp was issued on June 5th.
Read more... July 12, 2015
The Booker Prize Foundation has announced the the Man Booker International Prize (MBI) will now be awarded annually. It is also joining forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize which was founded in 1990.
Read more... July 11, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate last month. He is the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate. Herrera was appointed by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. He succeeds Charles Wright who was poet laureate from 2014 to 2015.
Read more... July 9, 2015
Apple was just dealt a major blow by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. It lost its appeal of Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it violated antitrust laws by conspiring with major book publishers to fix the price of ebooks. Under the settlement with the Department of Justice, Apple agreed to pay consumers $450 million if it lost the case on appeal.
Read more... July 6, 2015
After a lengthy court battle which has been going on since 2008, a collection of original manuscripts written by German author Franz Kafka will be turned over to the National Library of Israel. The Tel Aviv District Court issued the ruling.
Read more... July 4, 2015
Scribd has tried to position itself as Netflix for books. For $8.99 a month, readers can read unlimited ebooks and comics. But Scribd has a problem: it's just too popular. Specifically, it has a romance reader problem.
Read more... July 2, 2015