• July 3, 2015

    Harper Lee

    Harper Lee

    As HarperCollins prepare to publish the most pre-ordered book in their history, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the plot thickens in terms of just when and how the lost-and-found novel came to light—it was apparently several years earlier than Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, had announced to readers, which further complicates the questions already surrounding the circumstances of its publication.

    Following Gawker’s lead, editorial workers at Salon have also decided to unionize.

    Meanwhile Gawker itself won a delay of several months in its trial with Hulk Hogan over his sex tape. As the hefty lawsuit continues to loom over the site, there has been increasing interest in Gawker’s finances, which it seems, according to the financial statements Nick Denton has pre-emptively released, are looking healthy.

    Novelist and Bookforum contributor Porochista Khakpour has a memoir up at the Virginia Quarterly Review about illness and her New Age past: “Then I called a company that got people off Western meds—a front for Scientology, I later discovered—which convinced me during a phone consult that I was a benzodiazepine addict who had ruined my own life but said, ‘Don’t worry we deal with many VIPs like yourself who have taken a bad turn.’”

    Amazon’s plan to pay self-published authors per page read instead of per book downloaded is even stingier than you might have imagined: In an email this week they announced that the amount paid for each page could be a mere $0.006. Writers are likely to see a huge cut in royalties, and you could also say that the new per-page system seems designed most especially to punish concision.