Three UK book distributors have temporarily stopped supplying Borders UK amidst worries about the company’s future. An anonymous sales director explained to The Bookseller: “We really hope they can get through this, everyone will try to help them. But if we don’t think we are going to be paid, we are going to have to stop supplying them.”
In addition, here are a few publishing headlines for your evening enjoyment…
Publishers Weekly reports that Random House will put out a paperback of National Book Award-winning “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann months ahead of time, printing 100,000 copies for a Dec. 4th release date.
A Georgia woman won $100,000 in damages from a libel lawsuit, as a jury agreed that a fictional character in Haywood Smith’s novel “The Red Hat Club” closely resembled the novelist’s old friend–portraying her as “a sexually promiscuous alcoholic.” (Via Sarah Weinman)
Next, the folks at Mediaite have launched a book club.
As Oprah Winfrey steps down from her show, many wonder who will replace her as publishing taste-maker. Mediaite senior editor Glynnis MacNicol thinks it will be conservative icon Glenn Beck (pictured). Listen to more Beck-ian book speculation on the Morning Media Menu.