How intellectual property affects you: Borders customer database will be merged with Barnes and Noble's database. Here's the word from William Lynch, CEO of BN.
If you didn't know this already, just be aware that in UK it is the tail-end of Children's Book Week. If you're a teacher/librarian, there are no funds for physical packets of activities, but there are resources on the website. And, a side bit of good news for authors of children's books: they still make money. Don't worry: kids books aren't just for kids anymore.
In award news. Congrats to the Giller shortlisters. (Don't know what the Giller is? Check it out.)And speaking of awards...here's why Americans are apparently short-sighted jerks who will never win the Nobel. If that sounded short-sighted and jerky of me, my apologies. There are some interesting points in the article that I think are closely related to the idea of way-too-preachy novels by our great novelists. In a more generous spirit, I offer hearty congratulations to Tomas Transtromer, the Swedish poet who just won the Nobel.
And, finally: While it might not seem like writing news, it is. Nathan Bransford says Don't Be a Jerk. Sure, you might think you're being 'honest' in those reviews you're writing...but if you want Dan Brown's agent, or whoever, you'd best not insult their work.