Three independent bookstores in New York and South Carolina have filed suit against Amazon and the "Big Six" publishers for allegedly violating antitrust agreements by making it difficult for smaller publishers to break into the e-book market.

Debut novelist and recent Iowa Writer’s Workshop grad Erika Johansen has landed a seven-figure book deal for “Queen of the Tearling, a fantasy trilogy inspired in part by Barack Obama.”

In a new foreword to Orlando, Jeanette Winterson sings the praises of Virginia Woolf's shape-shifting novel. The book “refuses all constraints: historical, fantastical, metaphysical, sociological. Ageing is irrelevant. Gender is irrelevant. Time is irrelevant. It is as though we could live as we always wanted to; disappointments, difficulties, sorrow, love, children, lovers, nothing to be avoided, everything to be claimed.”

What are David Lynch’s favorite photographs?

At n+1, novelist Ned Beauman explores the dangerous virtual territory of Silk Road, an anonymous online marketplace where drugs and arms are available to buy, and everything is “priced in untraceable Bitcoin currency.”

At the Awl, Maria Bustillos talks with George Saunders about the audiobook version of his highly praised short story collection (which Saunders reads himself). And at the Paris Review Daily, Katherine Bernard gchats with him (especially appropriate since Saunders justdid a reading at Google).

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