This morning’s books news is all about the Nobel Prize (congratulations, Alice Munro), but aside from the announcement, there’s a bevy of lawsuits, betrayals, and even teenage angst to cover in the literary world. Read on for today’s top books headlines:
Actor Stephen Baldwin is being sued for $110,000 by Hachette Book Group after failing to meet the deadline on his second book, Ready to Get Dangerous?. [New York Daily News]
There’s no shortage of self-published books: Bowker counted more than 391,000 self-published titles in 2012 by analyzing its ISBN data. The staggering number is a 59 percent increase over the previous year. [Mediabistro]
Some overseas dispatches from the Frankfurt Book Fair: Knopf acquired the rights to the first novel from Jonathan Galassi, publisher and CEO of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, while Terezia Mora’s Das Ungeheuer won the German Book Prize, honoring the year’s best German-language novel.
Call this the sequel to The Social Network: A new book, Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by New York Times reporter Nick Bilton says Twitter Chairman Jack Dorsey betrayed friend and co-founder Noah Glass. [USA Today]
In tech-related news, the French are certainly not fans of Amazon (the country voted to bar online booksellers from offering discounts last week). Alexandra Schwartz writes that the online vendor “has come to be seen in France as le mastodonte americain, the mammoth capitalist interloper rumbling across the Atlantic to trample on the delicacies of culture.” [The New Yorker]
In the mood for some teenage angst? How about some angst by a celebrated author? Check out some excerpts from the diary of a teenage F. Scott Fitzgerald. [Flavorwire]