On the Books: Indie bookstores reject Amazon Kindle exchange program

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Amazon’s latest effort to push Kindles through indie bookstores has not been well-received. Meanwhile, NaNoWriMo is in full swing, with a new take by grammar site Grammarly. Read on for more of today’s top books headlines:

Independent bookstores are unhappy with the Amazon Source program, in which the online retail giant asks indie book sellers to sell Kindles in exchange for 10 percent of the revenue. “If Amazon thinks indie bookstores will become agents for the Kindle, they are sorely mistaken,” said Suzanna Hermans, president of the New England Independent Booksellers Association. [PublishersWeekly]

Grammar site Grammarly has joined in on NaNoWriMo with a project of its own: GrammoWriMo, an attempt to create one crowd-sourced novel using 750 different writers. As of this morning, the novel has reached nearly 36,000 words. [Grammarly]

Poet Tato Laviera died Friday at the age of 63. One of the faces of the Nuyorican school of poetry, the poet wrote in English, Spanish, and “Spanglish.” [The New York Times]

Heads up, YA fans: There’s a new Katniss in town. David Baldacci’s The Finisher, about a 14-year-old girl named Vega who lives in village surrounded by a forest of mysterious beasts, has already been optioned for a film by Sony. Check out the cover and an excerpt of the book. [USA Today]

The New York Review of Books turned 50 yesterday. Here’s a look back at contributors’ takes. [The Washington Post]

The New Yorker explores the life and meaning of the work of Alexander Liberman, the editorial director at Conde Nast for fifty years, who was known for his tendency to rethink entire issues days before their deadlines. [The New Yorker]

The Atlantic‘s technology editor Alexis Madrigal is not a fan of Dave Eggers’ The Circle: “I found myself profoundly disappointed that Eggers took on these complex, difficult technologies, which we spend a lot of time thinking about, but refused to reckon with their real seductiveness,” he writes. [The Atlantic]

Two recent studies showed that reading literary fiction leads to greater emotional intelligence. But considering recent schools’ decisions to emphasize non-fiction reading, Lee Siegel examines whether literature is indeed useful for Americans today. [The New Yorker]

Time to settle this once and for all (or not): What’s the better storytelling format — through books or films? [The Guardian]


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