Dog-Eared and Dispatched: February 22, 2015
In this week’s roundup of book news, we look into the archives, both for missing (but still publishable!) manuscripts and for troves of rare books. We also see Amazon get a bit sniffy. It’s all footnotes this week. Are you ready for a fast-paced look at this week’s book news? Read on!
- Faber & Faber are parting ways with Farrar, Straus and Giroux after seventeen years. The head of Faber & faber commented that publishing “has become increasingly global and digital, and it has become important for us, as a U.K.-based publisher, to be able to operate under our strong brand in all English language markets.”
- Publishers are turning to the archives for books now. Random House has announced that it will publish a Dr. Seuss manuscript called What Pet Should I Get? that was “found in a box,” but written sometime in the late ’50s or early ’60s. One wonders what improbable new-old titles publishers will find next.
- The library at Princeton University just received a large donation from William Scheide of more than 2,500 rare and valuable books, including Shakespeare’s first folios and the original printing of the Declaration of Independence.
- The next installment of the Facebook book club will be Eula Bliss’s On Immunity from Graywolf Press.
- In its efforts to be a truly global behemoth, Amazon has added Russian language books to the Kindle store.
- Amazon is a little miffed at the FAA’s drone policy announced this week. The FAA would require line-of-sight operation of all drones, which would limit companies’ ability to use them for deliveries.