Amazon strikes again

Amazon withdrew ads from The New Republic after Franklin Foer published an article critical of Amazon.


“Good news” for the news business

Amid dire predictions about the future of journalism, The New Yorker’s John Cassidy delivers some sunny news.

Hachette joins with Twitter to sell books

Hachette introduces “in-stream Twitter purchasing” of a few titles.

Big changes at The New Republic

The editor, Franklin Foer, is leaving, and TNR promises to become a “digital media company.” Instead of twenty issues a year, the magazine will produce ten.

Barnes & Noble is now selling beer kits

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg of the Wall Street Journal offers an instructive analysis of Barnes & Noble’s recent marketing strategies.

National Book Award

Here are the National Book Award finalists.

Amazon and Hachette come to an agreement, for now

Hachette made some concessions, but for the time being, the publisher won the right to preserve the agency model for eBook pricing.

Texts from Jane Eyre

Mallory Ortberg has written text conversations between classic literary characters.

Kindle Scout is live

Amazon’s crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, is now online. Nate Hoffelder, who broke the story in September, offers his opinion in The Digital Reader.

New fan fiction poised to be the next Fifty Shades

NPR reporter Petra Mayer looks at After, an erotic work of fan fiction “loosely based on the hugely popular British boy band, One Direction.”