Rumors of the Death of the Book Greatly Exaggerated, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • Peter Workman, “known in the publishing world as a genially offbeat entrepreneur of nonfiction, with an on-base percentage—in publishing terms—worthy of Cooperstown,” has died. Workman hits included The Preppy Handbook, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and The Silver Palate Cookbook.
  • Barnes & Noble gets into the self-publishing game with NOOK Press.
  • The death of the book, like doomsday, has been predicted since time immemorial.
  • But: “If reading is going be all digital in fifty years, so be it.” Tim Waterstone, founder of the eponymous bookstore chain, is philosophical.
  • Listen to John le Carré read from his new novel.