Today on the Web!
New Owner for Borders?: The WSJ looks at a possible buyer: the investor Jahm Najafi
Angry Bird Book: The folks behind Angry Birds are preparing a cookbook about eggs! From MocoNews.net.
Amazon’s Publishing Push: Forbes takes a look.
Bad Book Biz: Police uncover a fraudulent Vermont publisher. From Burlington Free Press.
Bad People, Great Books: Salon looks at when great books come from bad people.
E-Book Events: Publishing Perspectives wonders how book festivals might integrate e-books into their programming.
iBooks Update: Apple has updated iBooks to enable a read-aloud feature for some e-books. From PC Magazine.
Meet iCloud: The NYT explains Apple’s new cloud computing offering.
E-book Discount: Amazon’s “Sunshine Deals” discount program is already shooting a bunch of discounted e-books up its bestseller lists. From PaidContent.
Illustrated E-books: Can they match print, asks Salon?
U.K. Children’s Laureate: Julia Donaldson has been named the U.K. Children’s Laureate for 2011-13.
Closing George: The Boston Globe on the closure of the Curious George shop in Harvard Square.
BookCourt: The Daily News looks at a beloved Brooklyn indie.
X: The Millions looks at the legacy of Malcolm X in books.
Brand Building: HuffPo talks about e-books as brand builders.
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Why B&N Attracts John Malone: MSN Money looks at why John Malone of Liberty Media has put a bid on B&N.
Failing Fonts: Salon looks at 23 fonts and why they don’t work.
Waterstone’s Acquisition: The Bookseller reports excitement and relief over the news that Waterstone’s has found a buyer.
Big B&N: The New York Observer notes that Barnes & Noble is not closing its Forest Hills, Queens store.
Publishers As Partners In Literacy: The Opionionator blog looks at what publishers could do to help kids learn to read and read more.
Tell-Allman: Gregg Allman will publish his memoir with HarperCollins.
The End of the World: The Guardian prepares for tomorrow’s Rapture by looking at Christian fiction on the topic.
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Kindle E-Pub?: Rumors are flying that Amazon might let E-Pub books onto the Kindle… From Good E-Reader.
Kids All Over Again: The Millions on reconnecting with kids’ books as a parent.
Susan Orlean Single: The NYT talks to the Orchid Thief author about animals and her new essay, published as a Kindle Single.
UK E-book Drop: The Bookseller reports that UK e-book sales have dropped following a post-Christmas surge.
Cloud Music: TechCrunch looks at how Google and Amazon have just helped Apple with its rumored cloud music offering.
Good Bad Guys: HuffPo rounds up responses to @RandomHouse’s call for readers’ favorite book villains.
Backlist Gold: Forbes on writers making bank by self-publishing their out-of-print backlist.
S&S Goes to India: The Bookseller reports on Simon & Schuster’s expansion into India.
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Vying for Pete: The Chance to bid on Pete Townshend’s memoir sent some publishing bigwigs across the pond. From the New York Post.
Philip Roth Wins: He’s won the International Man Booker prize for his body of work. From the Guardian.
The MFA Debate: Laura Miller at Salon weighs in on the argument going on between a champion and a critic of MFA programs.
Apple’s Winning: AllThingsD says so far the Android-based iPad competitors can’t compete.
Ricki Lake Memoir: It’s coming in 2012, reports Newsday.
Bezos Speaks: The Consumerist has an exclusive interview with the Amazon CEO.
E-books Drive Older Women to Digital Piracy: A fun headline for a Telegraph article.
Coal Curriculum Pulled: As of Friday, Scholastic has pulled the controversial coal-curriculum from its site. From School Library Journal.
More Amazon Tablet Rumors: A few juicy details about the two tablets Amazon may offer soon. From TechConnect.
NYPL Has an App for That: The New York Public Library has developed an app to showcase its research holdings. From the NYT.
Back into the Frey: Salon looks at James Frey’s return to Oprah and why “he still doesn’t get it.”
Blue Rider Press: That’s the name David Rosenthal has at last given to his new imprint at Penguin. From the NYT.
Super Sad Gary: Gary Shteyngart gives the Boston Herald a funny pre-reading interview in which he laments the digital future of books.
Reinvent the Business Model: That’s what Oren Teicher told the UK Book Industry Conference. From the Bookseller.
Davidar Launches New Venture: David Davidar, the Times of India reports, is launching a new publishing company based in New Delhi.
The Most Inspiring Bookstores: Salon takes a look…
Tablet Trouble: Gizmodo reports that 1,000 Blackberry Playbooks have been recalled due to software problems.
Two Weeks for Waterstone’s Bidders: Potential bidders have two weeks to formally express interest in the UK chain, reports the Bookseller.
One Screen Problem: The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports on the Bookseller‘s reporting on the World e-Reading Congress, where publishers expressed concern that books on tablets are competing with too many other tablet-based distractions.
Social Media Demographics: Ad Age has been collecting stats on social media usage.
E-book Giveaway: The WSJ reports that RosettaBooks is giving away e-books of five titles that were turned into movies, including The Graduate and Midnight Cowboy.
A Cool Kids’ App: Another from TUAW–a look at a very cool interactive e-book app called Scott’s Submarine.
WNBA Winners Named: The Women’s National Book Association named two booksellers as winners of its annual Pannell award.
Friday the 13th!
Curious George in Danger: The Curious George and Friends book and toy store in Harvard Square is in danger of closing unless the owner can raise money to save it. From Wicked Local Cambridge.
Florida Bookstores Closing: A look at how changing reading habits have caused Florida bookstores to shut down. From the Sun Sentinel.
The Future of Book Reviews: Top critics debate whether critics or Amazon reviewers are tomorrow’s literary taste makers. From the Daily Beast.
Figment Funded: Figment, the teen writing site founded by two New Yorker vets, got a big new source of funding. From Paid Content.
Houghton Hits Libraries: A big cache of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt e-books is now available to libraries via OverDrive. From eBookNewser.
Amazon Tablet: More on rumors of an Amazon tablet. From Pocket Lint.
Authors @ Google: Google’s HQ is becoming an important stop for touring authors. From the NYT.
Google Books Heads North: The Digital Reader reports that Google Books is in the process of opening in Canada.
Coal Curriculum: Three advocacy groups are asking Scholastic to stop distributing curriculum materials developed for the American Coal Foundation, which paid Scholastic to develop them. From the NYT.
Book Future UK: Paid Content UK looks at the World E-Reading Congress in London, where publishers are trying to answer the question “what is a book?”
Bertelsmann Up: The Random House parent reported its Q1 results. From the Bookseller.
Chromebook: The big tech news this week comes from Google’s developer conference, where the company has unveiled the first laptops to run its Chrome operating system. From Engadget.
iFlow Follow Up: More on the demise of the iFlow e-reader app, which PWxyz reported on yesterday. From CNET.
Scholastic Chat: Scholastic President Margery Mayer contributes to the NYT Frequent Flyer column, talking about her experiences meeting Scholastic fans on planes.
Random UK Joins iBooks: Random House UK has signed on with Apple’s iBookstore and its agency pricing model. From the Bookseller.
Digital Hit: HarperCollins UK CEO Victoria Barnsley says publishers are unlikely to be able to replace the loss of revenue caused by the switch to e-books unless they can increase volume sales. From the Bookseller.
Gilbert Goes Gardening: Elizabeth Gilbert is working on her next book, a novel about 19th Century botanists. From USA Today.
The Hollywood Sign Booked: A new book about the Hollywood sign reviewed. From Salon.
Jan Brewer Booked: The Arizona Governor will publish her memoir this fall. The title is “Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border.” From MySanAntonio.
Sad Sales: The Rumpus looks at why sad books sell so well.