On Monday we mentioned that the title of Steve Jobs’s new authorized biography, iSteve, might be problematic since “iSteve” is the web name of the well-known far right-wing blogger Steve Sailer. It turns out Sailer might try to stop Jobs’s use of that title; he put out a "request for pro bono legal help", claiming, “I’ve been doing business under the name ‘iSteve’ since the 1990s [and it is] essential to my business strategy.” Commenters at Sailer’s blog are more conciliatory, though, one telling Sailer, “Just think of all traffic you will get when people search for his book.”
Media commentators are weighing in on the class-action lawsuit that unpaid bloggers have filed against the Huffington Post. “Why the Huffpo Class Action Suit Is a Legal Long Shot,” reads one headline. Another: “Why Tasini’s Blogger Lawsuit Against the Huffington Post Makes No Sense.”
WWD reports on the Paris Review’s annual fundraiser fete, which editor Lorin Stein called “the best party in town.” Guests included Robert Redford, Simon Doonan, Gay Talese (“I’m one of the oldest people in this room”), Fran Lebowitz (“I tend to look on the dark side of things”), and James Salter (who won the magazine’s Hadada Award). Not only is the magazine partying hard, it’s also thriving, as Stein announced: “In just one year, our paid subscriptions have gone up 32 percent . . . . Last month alone we sold 1,000 new subscriptions. In the last six months, our Web traffic has gone up almost 500 percent. Our Web site has reached more than 1.5 million in these last six months," so there is plenty to celebrate.
The discerning independent press Dzanc is about to start a new series called rEprint, which will republish books that have recently fallen out of print, giving them a second life as an e-book.
The Guardian is expanding its online literary coverage, adding a massive new books database, and is encouraging readers to help create content: “you can write a review; give a thumbs up or down with a star-rating; add [a] book to a list of your favourites. Or you can . . . tell us why it's a book we ought to be covering, and we'll see if there's anything more we can bring to the table.”