Today in publishing and literature: Nobody wins when readers battle over e-books and print, another juicy memoir from basketball coach Phil Jackson is in the offing, and the 'S--- Girls Say' parodies have crossed over into the realm of publishing.
Former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has reached a deal with The Penguin Press to write a memoir called Eleven Rings, a reference to the number of NBA championships he won in his 20 seasons as a head coach. The last time he wrote a memoir for Penguin, the result was The Last Season, a scorched-earth look back at the Lakers 2003-2004 season, which began with star guard Kobe Bryant being charged with sexual assault in Colorado prior to the season, and ended with the team losing to the underdog Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals. Jackson also retired at the end of the season to write the book, but ended up returning as coach a year later. That was just one season, and he had to pull his punches to a certain degree, because he was dating the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Now settled comfortably into retirement, with material from 11 championship seasons to draw from, it's going to be fascinating to see the skeletons he lets out of the closet. The book is expected to be published in 2013. [Publishers Weekly]
When Jonathan Franzen lumped e-readers in with "great allies and enablers of narcissism," we wondered for a brief moment if he understood how a Nook or a Kindle truly worked. There's no social network that goes along with an e-book. In fact, people can't even see what you're reading, because they don't have covers. It's the same book you get in a paperback or hardback, but portable, and easier on your shelves. (One of the chief virtues of a paperback book, for Franzen, is that he can spill water on it and will still be able to read it. While we wouldn't recommend it, we've spilled water on the surface of our Kindle before, and it hasn't been a big deal. And also: what happens to the precious paperback if the drink you spill is red wine?) Writing at NPR.com, Bookish.com editor Jonathan Segura gently reminds readers that this an issue they don't have to take sides on. "You don't have to be a print book person or an e-book person," he explains. It's not an either/or proposition. You can choose to have your text delivered on paper with a pretty cover, or you can choose to have it delivered over the air to your sleek little device. You can even play it way loose and read in both formats!" [NPR]
The 'S--- Girls Say; meme -- which is never going to be content to just let us be -- has finally given rise to a 'S--- Editors and Agents Say' installment. It's well-done, though we wonder if it could use more fretting about Amazon. [The Penguin Press]
64 years ago today, in 1948, J.D. Salinger's first short story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" was published in The New Yorker. Five years later, on the same day -- 59 years ago today -- the magazine published Salinger's story "Teddy." Together these would bookend the stories contained in the author's Nine Stories. [B&N Review]
Author Paulo Coelho, for one, doesn't care how people get if people get hold of his books on the filing sharing site The Pirate Bay. The Brazilian author of The Alchemist says he's thrilled to have his book available for download for free on the service, and that it's been driving sales up (hmm) suggest skeptical readers "download my books for free and, if you enjoy them, buy a hard copy – the way we have to tell to the industry that greed leads to nowhere." [GalleyCat]