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Charlie Hebdo has released its survivors’ issue. A five-million print run for a magazine that normally distributes 60,000 copies—the best possible tribute to free speech.

Tips for writing 93,000 words in six weeks. All fine and good, except for the stuff about abstinence. By the way, if you haven’t read Rachel Aaron’s book (shown, right), it’s got even more tips.

Library ebook checkouts are on the rise.

Turns out, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven made the story up. Well, duh. Tyndale House fell for it, Condé Nast didn’t.

Macmillan has joined HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster by listing titles with Oyster and Scribd. The subscription trend is like a river current: it can’t be reversed.

From the You’ve-Got-To-Be-Kidding-Me department: Oxford University Press bans mention of pigs to avoid offending Muslims and Jews.

Madeline McIntosh, president of the Penguin Publishing Group, has reorganized the company. Some lucky business card printer is going to burn the midnight oil.

The battle of covers, U.S. vs U.K. I think it’s a tie.

Illustrated Harry Potter editions will be released over the next 7 years. It will take at least that long for the new look to catch on.

Gotta love Neil Gaiman. There ought to be a prize for this kind of thing.

The best books of 2014—according to everyone. I dunno. A meta survey is only as good as its individual ingredients.

NYC is coming out with an ID card. We think this is good. Even better is that is also serves as a library card.

Rupert Murdoch held all Muslims responsible for jihadi attacks. JK Rowling mocked him.

More plagiarism. Will they never learn?

Members of Get Lit perform “Somewhere in America.” There’s hope for our youth. Hell, there’s even hope for our poetry.

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Stephen Parrish is a contributing editor at Easy Street.