On the Books: Google wins copyright battle over book-scanning program; Derek Jeter to start publishing division in Simon & Schuster

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Tech giant Google is victorious, while baseball star Derek Jeter is venturing into the literary world. Read on for today’s top books headlines:

Google has won an eight-year battle with the Authors Guild over whether its book-scanning program violates copyright laws after U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled the program legal. The Authors Guild, however, says it plans to appeal. [Publishers Weekly]

Derek Jeter will be starting his own publishing division within Simon & Schuster called Jeter Publishing, which will focus on “nonfiction books for adults… children’s picture books; middle-grade fiction; and books for children who are learning to read,” according to a report by The New York Times‘ Julie Bosman. [The New York Times]

Fifty Shades of Gross: Two Belgian professors ran bacteriology and toxicology tests on the 10 most popular books kept in the Antwerp library. All 10 had traces of cocaine, but Fifty Shades of Grey tested positive for traces of the herpes virus. Eww. [TIME]

To take your mind off that story, here’s something fun: Match the mustache to the literary icon with this quiz. [Bookish]

On to the must-reads: Zadie Smith has a new essay published called “Man vs. Corpse,” which explores the meaning of the dead body. [The New York Review of Books]

Allie Brosh, the mind behind Hyperbole and a Half, gave a touching interview to NPR, in which she talks about what it’s like to battle depression — and why she draws herself as a pink tube with buggy eyes and a cone-shaped ponytail. [NPR]

Debate this: Author Terry Deary argues that giving free e-readers to the poor would be a “hell of a lot cheaper” than keeping libraries open. Agree? [The Telegraph]

Also up for debate: Adelle Waldman writes that stories about marriage remain intriguing, even if contemporary relationships have changed the meaning of marriage. [The New Yorker]


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