James Franco, making his author face.

It’s especially easy to hate on James Franco now that Amazon has bought his first novel, but at Slate, David Haglund speculates why the book might actually be good.

The Associated Press is teaming up with twenty-eight other news organizations to start an organization dedicated to "licens[ing] original news content and collect[ing] royalties from aggregators."

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The February issue of Vanity Fair features Christopher Hitchens’ final column, on Charles Dickens.

Can good design help save the mass-market paperback?

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is betting big on Alison Bechdel’s nonfiction graphic novel, Are You My Mother, giving it a first print run of 100,000 copies.