Monday, October 19, 2009

Book News, In Brief

Entertainment Weekly takes a nation of overly-protective parents to task, reminding them to remember what they read as kids.

Publishers, nervous about allowing too much of their intellectual property to be offered free, dread the spread of e-book usage in libraries. The NYTimes examines these fears in a refreshingly Cory Doctorow-free article.

John Orstead was a Vanity Fair writer preparing to expand his 'History of The Simpsons' article into a full-length book when the bigwigs behind the hit show said no. Click here to read the behind-the-scenes story of the recently released behind-the-scenes book.

David Carradine is the next 70's superstar to have an alleged incestuous affair made public via a memoir. Marina Anderson, ex-wife and manager of the late Kung Fu & Kill Bill star, plans to publish a tell-all book about their relationship and what she politely refers to as Carradine's "deviant behaviour."

The Chicago Tribune hypothesizes on The Future of Book Signings in the e-Book Age. The ideas range from horrible ("the screen-and-stylus method used by package-delivery drivers") to the hopeful ("To refocus author events would mean they'd would become less like getting a passport stamped and more like a community-building discussion").