Ayn Rand

At the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog, George Saunders makes asurprising confession: “Not many people know this, but I was once Ayn Rand’s lover. That’s right. The year was 1974. I was a fresh-faced seventeen-year-old, she was a prominent international author—and we were lovers. By ‘lovers’ I mean: we were constantly raping each other.”

Speaking of Ayn Rand, Publishing Perspectives talks with the man who singlehandedly translated and Atlas Shrugged in German. As the interviewer puts it, “Rand’s thoughts don’t sit well with a typical German understanding of reality.” That said, Atlas has already sold out its first 5,000-book run.

Brooklyn’s PowerHouse Arena was hit especially hard by Hurricane Sandy, and it looks like it will be some time before the store can make a full recovery.

Do you really own books that you buy books on Kindles or iPads? Or are you merely renting them? Discuss.

Earlier this week, Goodreads opened up voting for its fourth annual Readers Choice Awards, inviting readers to weigh in on their favorite books in twenty categories. More than 37,000 votes have already been cast.

At the Guardian, Phil Baines, author of Penguin by Design, considers the |"an almost paranoid obsession with the brand,"|singular look| of Penguin books and "an almost paranoid obsession with the brand."

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