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Publishers Weekly has released its annual ranking of the biggest book publishers in the world. Textbook publisher Pearson is no. 1, with $9.33 billion in revenue last year; other educational and professional publishers fill out the rest of the top 4. The largest trade publisher (and fifth overall) is Random House (now Penguin Random House) with $3.66 billion in revenue. The top 10 publishers accounted for 54 percent of all book revenue last year. [Publishers Weekly]

Today, people curate the flood of articles they want to read via Instapaper and Pocket, and post recommendations on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, among others. In the 19th century, people used scrapbooks for the same purpose. The more you know! [Smithsonian Magazine]

The New York Times identifies a new group of writers: “African writers with an internationalist bent.” It includes Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dinaw Mengestu, Helen Oyeyemi, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, and Taiye Selasi. “Some writers and critics scoff at the idea of lumping together diverse writers with ties to a diverse continent,” the article reads. “But others say that this wave represents something new in its sheer size, after a long fallow period.” [The New York Times]

The influential arts and politics magazine Guernica has a new publisher, Lisa Lucas, who will be its first full-time paid employee. After a decade online, Guernica will also be publishing its first print edition. [New York Observer]

Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, spoke at the White House yesterday to discuss how organizations can help people returning from prison find jobs. “If we are serious about giving people a second chance, then we need to help them be employable upon release from prison,” Kerman said. “And not block them from employment for past deeds once they are out.” Kerman spent 13 months in prison and was released in 2005. Her memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison was released in 2010, and became the basis for the hit Netflix show. [Deadline]

Happy birthday, James M. Cain! Here are 14 things you didn’t know about the author. [The Los Angeles Times]


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