Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Book News, In Brief

Require a retail pick-me-up? Check out John McMurtrie's lengthy list of star authors' pre-holiday release dates -- then consider the cash rewards they'll bring.

Lest a day go by without a new Sarah Palin press release, Alaska's spectacled spectacle has announced that her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, will be published on November 17 -- a mere four months after her HarperCollins book deal was announced.

While we're discussing the actions of America's Far Right, former G.W. Bush speechwriter, Matt Latimer, claims in his new book, Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor, that J.K. Rowling was denied a presidential medal of freedom on the grounds that the Harry Potter books "encouraged witchcraft."

I'm gonna try and cram Tuesday's many, many e-book headlines into one long and rambling sentence. Here goes: With new rumors about Apple's Tablet stoking expectations that e-readers will be this holiday season's go-to gift (unless you're buying gifts for a Princeton grad, that is), yesterday saw new e-book sites launched by Disney, The Daily Beast and Sony.