Simon and Schuster joins HarperCollins and Hachette in dropping protections on its e-book pricing, and working with e-retailers to set prices.
Bids are starting at 42,000 euros for a letter in which an especially neurotic Franz Kafka describes his “naked fear” of mice: “it's certainly related to the unexpected, unwanted, unavoidable, sort of mute, grim, secret-purposeful appearance of these animals, with the feeling that they have dug hundreds of tunnels through the walls around me and are lurking there..." The letter, which was sent to Max Brod, goes on sale this week in Germany.
At Poetry, Elliott Holt enrolls in an “massive open online course” (or, a MOOC) on modern American poetry, and reports on what it’s like to be one of 36,000 students in a virtual classroom. The professor and the teaching assistants
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