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Books—staid and intellectual cultural artifacts that they so often are—were not all just staid or intellectual this year. Not nearly. There were, in fact, scandals, at least a few of them surrounding books and their authors and publishers, and there were times in which discussions of books and the business grew dramatic and tension-filled. Near-scandals!

Other times, these conversations were simply very, very interesting, full of twists and turns, much like a good book.

Remember when Philip Roth took on Wikipedia to clear up what he described as false perceptions of The Human Stain? (It was a big year for Philip Roth news altogether, really.) Or what about when Penguin sued authors for their advances, citing nondelivery of manuscripts, thereby breaking with the industry’s long-standing tradition of, well, generally not suing authors for that? Then there was…

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Source: The Atlantic Wire

 
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