New E-Book Standards/New Literary Prize/Munro Retires

June 21, 2006

New Standards for E-Books
Members of the International Digital Publishing Forum, manufacturers of software and devices, announced plans to support new electronic book standards in their next generation of software and devices. The new standards will make the sharing of files and their distribution easier. The question remains: Can a company develop a reader that book-lovers, meaning the individuals who like to hold books, will switch to? That's not an easy answer, considering that many of the companies in the field are serving publishing markets that are serving non-leisure readers.

New Literary Prize—Peace from Dayton, OH
Twenty-one members of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Committee are looking for books whose themes address peace as a solution—addressing problems with words. Books must have been published in 2005.

Munro Gives Up Writing
Apparently Alice Munro announced that The View from Castle Rock, a collection of short stories that will be released in November, will be her last book. Jonathan Franzen called her “the best fiction writer now working in North America.” Read more.

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