The Upside of Ugly Fonts: At Salon, Laura Miller examines the benefits in terms of reading comprehension of ugly fonts.
Father & Son: Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez are collaborating on a memoir to be pub’d by Free Press in time for Father’s Day. From USA Today.
Look at Vook: The WSJ takes a look at the poineering video-book app developer.
E-Books At Any Length: A new startup venture plans to bring short NF pieces to digital readers near you. From Fast Company.
No Comment: That’s what Simon & Schuster is asking writers to say if asked whether they wrote the anonymous Obama novel, though not everyone is complying. From the NYT.
Winnie the Cute: Watch an adorable French girl recount the plot of a Winnie the Pooh story. From HuffPo.
Is it Thursday, or Brrrrsday? It’s kinda cold…
Twelve’s New Publisher: Susan Lehman talks to the NYT about her new job as the publisher of Twelve.
Three Ways to E-Read: Walt Mossberg of the WSJ compares three e-reader apps for the iPad.
Those Crazy Obama Kids: The Washington Post wonders whether Obama’s new kids’ book is pushing the President’s children’ too far into the public eye.
Franzen or Mandela?: HuffPo wonders which book Oprah will pick.
Adult YA Books: A writer for the Millions extols the virtues of reading YA books as a grownup.
Frying the Future of Bookselling: British actor Stephen Fry has opinions on everything. He tells the Bookseller, for instance, that many bookstores aren’t long for this world in the digital age.
Meet the New iPad OS: Apple let developers install the upcoming iPad operating system upgrade, and the tech blogs are already afire with video of the new features due to consumers in November. From AppAdvice.
Look out later today for our review of the Kindle 3! And look at these links in the meantime!
Pogue on the Kindle 3: The New York Times inimitable tech columnist offers his take on the new Kindle.
Picoult and Weiner Vs. Franzen: The two authors talk to HuffPo about their outcry against all the Franzen buzz.
Barnes & Noble Board Slams Burkle: They say he’s unfit for the board, reports the WSJ.
Obama Hasn’t Read Franzen Yet: But this story from the Boston Globe gives you the play-by-play of what he’s doing while he’s not reading it.
A Mockingjay Slideshow: New York Magazine has pics of crazed fans first getting their hands on the book.
Meet Digital Editions: Publishing Perspectives interviews Peter Collingridge of the enhanced e-book company.
Here’s what’s going on all over the Internet.
Happy Mockingjay Day: And here’s our Web-exclusive review of the book, which we call “completely engrossing.”
Booksellers’ High Hopes: Booksellers are counting on Mockingjay for a sales bump as summer comes to a close, reports the New York Times.
What to Read After Mockingjay: In case you missed it, HuffPo has six recommendations for what to read when you’re done with Mockingjay.
Godin’s Going: The WSJ thinks about the impact of author Seth Godin’s decision to abandon traditional publishing and sell directly to his readers.
E-readers and the Environment: the Washington Post calls them the cloth diapers of the book world.
Banned Butt Book: Here’s a story from the New Yorker about a book banned in Canada that’s been banned just because its cover features a guy’s butt!
Obama Causes Franzen Fever: When Obama was handed an advance copy of Franzen’s Freedom, it set off a wave of panic in publishing, reports the NYT.
Imagine getting the toughest homework assignment in the world: write the one poem that millions and millions of people are going to hear and read… That’s the assignment poet Elizabeth Alexander was given shortly before Obama’s inauguration. She read the resulting poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” during Obama’s inauguration, and indeed millions and millions across the globe bore witness. That poem, as well as selections from five previous collections of poems and 19 new pieces by Alexander, will appear in her upcoming book, Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems, coming this October from Graywolf.
The galley recently landed in the PW office, and we are excited–so excited that we’ll be running a profile of Alexander soon in which we’ll ask what it felt like to get that assignment from the soon-to-be-President, both a poet’s dream and, we’d imagine, nightmare (if writing regular poems that almost nobody reads makes poets insecure, imagine how writing this one must have felt!).
Alexander’s poems are simultaneously accessible and challenging–the former because they’re mostly case in a kind of twangy plain speech; the latter because they constantly ask touch questions and make unsettling observations about the lives of African Americans across this country’s history.
Even if you don’t read too much poetry, this is a book you’ll want to read. Certainly it will be a very big seller as poetry books go.