As the Book World Turns…..

~Amazon, in a maneuver to avoid paying sales tax in the state of Texas, a state in which is has a physical presence and to which it would owe $269 million dollars according to Comptroller Combs if it were to cough up unpaid sales tax, offered the state government a deal by which it would supposedly create 5,000-6,000 jobs and invest $300 million in the state over the next four years. BookPeople CEO Steve Bercu had this response.

~A Seattle bookseller made news this week when he refused to stock the Amazon mystery imprint, or host an author event for an Amazon author. Here’s the email exchange he had with the author, posted on his store’s blog. Here’s my favorite quote from the bookseller’s email:  “I’m the owner of the Bailey Brothers Building and Loan. You are working for Mr. Potter. And Mr. Potter is always buying.”

~Tao Lin published a new story over Vice magazine.

~Mark Twain now has his own postage stamp.

~J. K. Rowling revealed the details of Pottermore, a new interactive reading site for Potter fans.

~Summer reads from Huffington Post and NPR. (NPR chose Michael Parker’s The Watery Part of the World, saying, “Oh my, it’s hard to describe how happy it makes me to find a novel like The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker (Algonquin, 2011) in my piles of books to be read.  It doesn’t happen often, and when it does it’s transporting: Once I began reading it, I found The Watery Part of the World all but impossible to put down.”  Parker will be here at BookPeople Friday, July 1, 7p reading from his new novel.

~Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly will write a memoir for Scribner.

The rest isn’t exactly news but it’s fun times:

A Brief History of Writers Who Died Untimely Deaths, from Flavorwire.

The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults, also from Flavorwire.

An Incomplete List of Writers Who Met Their Death by Motor Vehicle, from The Millions.

Bill Murray reads poetry.

Keanu Reeves published a $55 poetry book.

TGIF!  Remember when that meant a new episode of Full House?

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