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High Profile Writers Set to Join Authors United

amazonlogoSeveral high profile writers have agreed to join in Authors United’s fight against Amazon. The new members include Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul, Milan Kundera, and Ursula Le Guin.

The organization aims to convince the online retail conglomerate to end its dispute with Hachette Book Group USA. Last month, Authors United publicly posted a letter addressed to Amazon’s board members asking them to take a stand on this issue.

When asked about her participation in the group, Le Guin submitted this statement to The New York Times: “We’re talking about censorship: deliberately making a book hard or impossible to get, ‘disappearing’ an author. Governments use censorship for moral and political ends, justifiable or not. Amazon is using censorship to gain total market control so they can dictate to publishers what they can publish, to authors what they can write, to readers what they can buy. This is more than unjustifiable, it is intolerable.”

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HarperCollins to Publish 15 Milan Kundera Audiobooks

HarperAudio will release audiobook versions of fifteen backlist titles by celebrated Czech author Milan Kundera. This marks the first time these Kundera titles will be available in audiobook format.

Actors Richmond Hoxie (fiction) and Graeme Malcolm (nonfiction) will narrate these works. They will be released throughout the rest of this year.

Executive editor Terry Karten had this statement in the release: ”The publication in audio format of the complete works of Milan Kundera, one of the most distinguished and innovative authors of our era, is a major literary event. Harper Perennial has recently reissued Kundera’s backlist with new covers featuring original artwork from the author. These developments are sure to bring renewed attention to this renowned author.”

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Amazon.com Sponsors Literary Anthology

wall_large23.jpgThis week Open Letter Books used a $20,000 grant from Amazon.com (AMZN) to help publish and promote the new book, “Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain.”

Published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall, the anthology collects fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Conceived by the editors of Words Without Borders, the anthology contains work by 30 authors, including Milan Kundera, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and Victor Pelevin. The grant will also help fund the Wall in My Head blog.

Here’s more from Open Letter director Chad W. Post: “Our goal with Open Letter Books is to increase the access American readers have to the best works and ideas from cultures around the world, and he Wall in My Head is a perfect example of how we achieve this. It’s especially gratifying that Amazon.com is interested in helping us to achieve this goal. heir
support will definitely help us strengthen our efforts and reach a larger audience than we otherwise might have.”