The Jersey Shore just keeps on giving. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has signed a book deal with Gotham Books to write a self-help guide to the guido lifestyle. The book, Here’s The Situation, which hits shelves in November, includes tips on fitness, hygiene and GTL (gym, tan, laundry) scheduling. The super-tan stud told Entertainment Weekly that it will be “a tell-all book. Sorta like how I came about and everything like that,” but it’s worth mentioning that he’s hired a ghostwriter to make the book more, uh, comprehensible. Fist pump! [Entertainment Weekly]—Laura Lajiness
This week, Amazon.com announced that the Kindle e-book sales outnumbered hardcover book sales for the last three months, selling 143 e-books to every 100 hardcovers that don’t even have Kindle editions. This literary revolution is gaining speed as digital sales have risen to 180 digital books for every 100 hardcover copies in the last four weeks. Mike Shatzkin, founder and chief executive of the Idea Logical Company told The New York Times, “This was a day that was going to come, a day that had to come,” and predicted that in a few decades there will be less than 25 percent of books in print. [NY Times]—L.L.
William Jacques, a previously convicted thief and Cambridge graduate, was sentenced this week to three and a half years jail time for stealing more than $60,000 worth of rare books. Over the course of three years, Jacques—disguised in glasses, a tweed jacket, and armed with a fake library card—walked out of the Royal Horticultural Society's library in London with 13 volumes of Ambroise Verschaffelt’s 18th Century Nouvelle Iconographie des Camellias. In the past, Jacques was found guilty of stealing the work of authors such as Galileo and Kepler. [The Guardian]—Valeriya Safronova
The legal battle over Franz Kafka's unseen manuscripts, drawings, and letters, which have been hidden away for more than 80 years, has reached a new climax. Before his death, the author gave the works to Max Brod, a close friend, who left them with his recently deceased lover. Now, the lover’s daughters, who inherited the stash, are involved in a suit with Israel’s national library over whether the Kafka works should remain locked away in their possession, or, as Israel demands, be published for the world to see. This week Israel had a mini-breakthrough, when experts were finally allowed to see the documents that most likely have not been read since they were written. [The Independent]—V.S.
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