1. Sony has one-upped Amazon by making half a million out-of-copyright books available for their Reader, in a partnership with Google. The internet giant has raised the hackles of authors in their quest to make all human knowledge searchable online, though the recently-applied $125M greenback poultice has quieted authors. Now that Google is encoding books in the EPUB format, it’s easy to make them accessible to e-book readers. Let’s see if Amazon follows suit; their business model would seem to make that unlikely. If you’re wondering about the merits of each device, see News.com’s head-to-head comparison, or Wired’s.
3. Artist Robert Irwin was named the 2009 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Architecture by the University of Virginia, of which VQR is a part. The prestigious award has been given out annually since 1966. Irwin was the subject of a long feature by Lawrence Weschler in our Spring 2008 issue.
4. Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has tagged a National Magazine Awards story with “Death to the Virginia Quarterly Review.” We’ve decided to take it as a compliment.