A daily roundup of book and publishing news from across the Web: Google's Got Back (and Book); Bronte Sisters Action Figures; Do Women Run Publishing?; Translating Walser; Don't Smoke, Read; Kakutani Skewers Amis.
Google's Got Back (and Book)
Engadget reports that Google Editions has the backing of 'almost all' US publishers, meaning it might launch with 25,000 publishers and authors.
Bronte Sisters Action Figures
A YouTube video. I'll let you see for yourself. Very funny.
Do Women Run Publishing?
Here's an interesting piece from The Baltimore Sun that asks the above question and ponders its ramifications.
Translating Robert Walser
The Quarterly Conversation interviews the translator of the lovely Walser novels New Directions has been issuing in the last few years.
Don't Smoke, Read
A German publisher has repurposed old cigarette vending machines and turned them into book vending machines. From Publishing Perspectives.
Kakutani Skewers Amis
In her review of Martin Amis's The Pregnant Widow in today's New York Times, Michiko Kakutani calls the new Knopf novel "remarkably tedious."