Klaus Kinski, with puppy.

Fourth time’s the charm? Julian Barnes has finally won the Booker Prize for his new novel, Sense of an Ending.

Safety concerns are swirling around Russian journalist Masha Gessen’s forthcoming biography of Vladimir Putin. Dubbed one of the most talked-about books at the Frankfurt Book Fair by Publishers Weekly, “a rep at Riverhead [which is set to publish the book in March] said the book contains ‘explosive’ information about the Russian prime minister, and that could be a hazard for Gessen, especially in a country that is notoriously dangerous for journalists.”

Amazon isn’t making any money off the Kindle yet, but it is creating its own ecosystem around digital publishing. Business Insider explains the financial logic behind the e-reader.

In an essay for The Millions, Jeffrey Eugenides explains how The Marriage Plot began as a diversion while writing Middlesex, and started life as a novel about “a wealthy family throwing a debutante party.”

Via the Criterion Collection, Klaus Kinski holding the manuscript of his autobiography... and a puppy.

The “Author Name’s Everyday Object” formulation is increasingly common in book titling—think Balzac’s Omelette or Flaubert’s Parrot—but how easy is it to tell real titles from fake ones? A Slate quiz proposes to find out.

Thanks to a $300,000 donation and a little goodwill from New York Public Library president Anthony Marx, all children under eighteen will be exempted from all outstanding city library fines.

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