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On the Books: Barnes & Noble and Google team up for same-day shipping


Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google Shopping Express, a service that will let the bookstore provide same-day delivery to Manhattan, West Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The service will help the two compete with Amazon, which already provides same-day shipping in 10 cities in the United States. From Amazon, same-day delivery costs $5.99 for Amazon Prime members and around $10 for other customers. Users who have subscribed to Google Shopping express do not have to pay any additional fees for same-day delivery, and the service costs $4.99 for other customers. [The New York Times]

Nine hundred writers have signed an open letter to Amazon—to be published in this Sunday’s New York Times—asking them to stop singling out authors for “selective retaliation.” Amazon is delaying shipments of books published by Hachette, which they are negotiating contracts with. READ FULL STORY

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

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]

On the Books: 'Allegiant' outselling 'Hunger Games' preorders; two new 'Captain Underpants' books


Divergent wins this week’s round in dystopian YA novel sales against Hunger Games, while Captain Underpants will be returning to shelves with two new installments. Read on for more today’s books headlines:

Veronica Roth’s Allegiant, the third title in her Divergent series, is outselling the Hunger Games in its first month of preorders at Amazon. [LA Times]

Scholastic announced two new Captain Underpants books by author Dav Pilkey: Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 will be released Aug. 26, 2014 and Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot will be published August 2015. [USA Today]

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and senior vice president Jonathan Rosenberg partnered on a book deal with Grand Central Publishing’s business imprint to release No Adult Supervision Required: How to Build Successful 21st Century Companies. [Mediabistro]

Authors Jill Brooke and Emily Liebert are packaging merchandise including apparel, mugs and nail polish with their books to help unlock book sales on the retail level. [New York Post]

Here’s an update on the Nobel Prize in Literature: Writers are chiming in on why more Americans don’t win the Nobel Prize. Ian Crouch blames European snobbery, while Radhika Jones writes that she’s “baffled by the chorus that rises with every autumnal equinox, of American critics lobbying for American writers.”

Some adaptations news: The Fault in Our Stars announced its release date, and Leo Tolstoy’s classic War And Peace will be adapted into a six-part BBC series to be released in the U.K. in 2015.

On to some bad news and, well, more bad news: American adults’ reading skills are below average compared to adults in several other developed countries, and those reading skills are declining, according to a study of 160,000 people by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. [LA Times]

To help take your mind of that, check out author Mark Forsyth’s list of top 10 lost words, including sprunt and wamblecropt. [The Guardian]

Or give author Sarah Hall’s short story “Mrs Fox” a listen. The piece just won the BBC short story prize, garnering her £15,000 in award money. [BBC4]

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