Even old school, literary publishers are getting into the mix, like this brand new Charlotte Bronte story, which has been published by the London Review of Books. Called L'Ingratitude, the story was just recently discovered and is believed to be Bronte's French homework.
Kindle Singles, Amazon's e-publishing platform that produces shorter works by popular writers that wouldn't be able to be published in traditional book form, has now sold over 2 million books since it launched just over a year ago. The reviews are mostly that it's great for the authors, since they can write novella and short story length works and actually have them be published. Customers like it because the prices are usually cheaper than other e-books by big name authors.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections, has stuck his foot in his mouth again, this time by revealing just how much he hates Twitter. Roxane Gay delivered a wonderful smackdown of his arguments over at HTMLGiant (which was then re-published by Salon), wherein she basically tells the rather austere author that you don't have to like it, but don't hate on something that other people do, since you haven't even tried it.
The Brooklyn Public Library has purchased an Espresso Book Machine, which allows users to create print on demand books at the library itself (from PDF files and the like). I think this is great, but there's a little part of me that wonders about copyright infringement issues, but in general, how great is it to create a book in little over seven minutes?
And lastly, we have Marvel Comics, publisher of superheroes Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the upcoming Avengers, who has announced Infinite Comics, a digital-only publishing initiative. In the past, digital-only books have been events or preludes to big event comics, but the Infinite series will lead with Nova (pictured above), a formerly in-print book, and will be written by comic book veteran Mark Waid and drawn by stellar artist Stuart Immonen. I think this is great, mostly because the cost of paper has drive the price of comic books way up in the past five years. And using wonderful and experienced talent? An excellent move, Marvel.