On the Books: Anti-Clinton book leaked to media under mysterious circumstances

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The upcoming book Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine had a well-prepared rollout in advance of its July 22nd release, including a splashy interview on The O’Reilly Factor. But over the weekend, writes The Daily Beast, “a prolific but mysterious rogue distributor who somehow got a copy of Halper’s book and blasted out a series of mass-media emails containing PDFs—or portable document formats—of the entire 317-page, 12-chapter volume.” The book is by Daniel Halper, an editor of the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard. No one’s sure how the leak happened, and it’s uncertain if the blame should go to hardcore Clinton supporters or right-wing Clinton-haters. [The Daily Beast]

Those Dungeons & Dragons nerds you mocked in middle school are busy becoming the greatest writers of our age. Everyone from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire to Atlantic editor Scott Stossel credit the game for developing their storytelling skills. “It’s been a formative narrative media for all sorts of writers,” said Junot Díaz. [The New York Times]

The Guardian begins the process of deciding its Not the Booker Prize. “The author of the winning book will receive a Guardian mug. They may not want it, but there’s nothing we can do about that.” Last year, the judges overruled the popular vote and picked Life After Life by Kate Atkinson as the winner. [The Guardian]

In the Amazon-Hachette conflict, what side are the authors on? The answer is more complicated than you might think. [The New York Times]

A rare book dealer talks about the weird economics of his business. [The Guardian]

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