Friday News Roundup, October 9, 2009


Here are some book related stories that have been in the news this week:

Amazon has settled a lawsuit over the deletion of George Orwell’s 1984 from customers’ Kindles. The settlement also places restrictions on Amazon so that this doesn’t happen again. (Information Week)

Should books only cost $4.00? This publisher thinks the high cost of books prevents them from competing with cheaper forms of entertainment. (Huffington Post )

Mitch Albom has teamed up with Borders to do weekly interviews with authors, musicians, and actors. I know from listening to him on the radio that he’s a good interviewer so I’ll be checking this out. (Border)

Hilary Mantel won the 2009 Booker prize for Wolf Hall, a fictionalized account of the life of Thomas Cromwell. (Guardian)

President Obama has declared October “National Information Literacy Awareness Month.” This will “highlight the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.” (White House)

The Harvard Lampoon is releasing a parody of Twilight called Nightlight. It’s about Belle Goose who moves to Switchblade, Oregon and falls in love with computer nerd Edward Mullen. (Amazon)

The Lost Symbol is increasing sales in books about noetic science, the Masons, and the founding fathers. (EarlyWord)

Add a little literature to your décor. (Read Street)

The top 5 books on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List:

AN ECHO IN THE BONE, by Diana Gabaldon
THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks
THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
HOTHOUSE ORCHID, by Stuart Woods

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