Writerly tidbits from around ‘net.
Stunning news about the restructuring going on at HarperCollins:
And so the shoe finally dropped at HarperCollins: the company said it was closing down its Collins division, the publisher of blockbusters like “The Dangerous Book for Boys” and “Deceptively Delicious,” a cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. In a memo to the staff, Michael Morrison, president and publisher of the general books division for the United States and Canada, said that Steve Ross, the president and publisher of Collins, was leaving the company.
Mr. Morrison also announced the departure of Lisa Gallagher, publisher of William Morrow, the division whose recent hits included “The Lace Reader” by Brunonia Barry and “A Lion Among Men” by Gregory Maguire. The company also said it would close Bowen Press, a children’s imprint.
Meanwhile, Amazon launches Kindle 2.0 as the electronic book reader gains in popularity:
Amazon hopes that the Kindle becomes the iPod of the literary world, challenging the printed book.
Perhaps most significantly, Amazon said it would start selling e-books that can be read on mobile phones and other devices, although Amazon did not say when it would do so or which devices would be compatible.
The Kindle 2 has several incremental improvements over its predecessor, which went on sale in 2007. Amazon said the upgraded device has seven times the memory of the original version, turns pages faster and has a sharper display.
From the department of If This Was Easy Everyone Would Do It:
Sara Gruen’s followup novel is delayed:
Ape House, the followup to author Sara Gruen’s best-seller Water for Elephants, has been delayed, according to Random House. (A rep at the publishing house says Gruen simply needed more time to write the book.) House — which focuses on a family of bonobo apes, and was set to be released in May — will likely go on stands in late 2009 or early 2010.
Is the recession over yet?