On the Books: Apple to be monitored over deals with publishing houses; Amazon removes self-published pornographic e-books

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No prizes or major announcements today, folks — this morning’s books headlines feature major companies hitting snags with publishing houses, but there are plenty of other good reads online. Check out more of today’s links below:

Apple is in hot water for conspiring to fix prices with publishing houses Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster Inc and Macmillan. After Apple went to trial and lost, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote appointed an external monitor to watch over the company. [LA Times]

Amazon and Kobo are similarly in trouble after removing some self-published pornographic e-books from their sites. Both companies are taking a second look at their policies toward pornography. [LA Times]

Speaking of Amazon, Brad Stone’s new book, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, observes how the online bookstore’s relationships with publishers transformed. [Publishers Weekly]

This year’s Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton talked the inspiration behind her novel The Luminaries. [The Telegraph]

On to some must-reads: Richard Brody dove into J. Michael Lennon’s new biography of Norman Mailer – Norman Mailer: A Double Life – and highlights Mailer’s achievements. [The New Yorker]

A new story by Joyce Carol Oates, “Lovely Dark, Deep” is available in the November issue of Harper’s and available online. [Harper's]

List of the day: Morrissey’s autobiography is out in the U.K., and while you’re waiting for its release stateside, here are the 10 funniest bits, per Charlotte Runcie. [The Telegraph]

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