• Simon & Schuster has cancelled plans for a paperback edition of Bill Cosby’s sympathetic biography, and has yanked some key celebrity blurbs.
• The Authors Guild is arguing that publishing contracts should have time limits. This is another in a series of position papers drafted by the AG since Roxana Robinson replaced Scott Turow. The reign of silence is over.
Diamonds may be forever, but book contracts should not be. There’s no good reason why a book should be held hostage by a publisher for the lifetime of the copyright, the life of the author plus seventy years—essentially forever.
• Are typewriters making a comeback???
• The “Worst Day Ever” poem that went viral last week was written last year by a 17-year-old.
• A forgotten Dr. Seuss book, stored in a box for decades, has found the light of day.
• [PANK] is going bye-bye at the end of the year.
• A mailman in Utah requested books on behalf of a 12-year-old on his route, a boy who had difficulty gaining access to books, and the request went splendidly viral.
Letter carrier Ron Lynch was delivering mail to Matthew’s apartment complex in Sandy last week when he found him reading trashed advertising fliers and newsletters. “He told me his wish is to have books to read.”
• Finally, France beat Britain to win the first European Quidditch Games. Apparently Britain was short a snitch or two.