Actors who can’t star in their favorite literary roles are now narrating them instead. Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, and Dustin Hoffman are some of the celebrities who will lend their voices to audiobooks. The recordings, which will be released next year by Audible, will feature Winslet reading To the Lighthouse, Kidman reading The End of the Affair, and Hoffman reading Being There. “Colin Firth could read me the back of a Marmite jar and I would listen,” Audible founder Donald Katz remarked to UK paper The Observer. “I'd pay Dustin Hoffman to read from a cereal box.”
Literary meme of the day: Buzzfeed features photos of stacks of books lying around offices across the country. For some reason, the Washington Post stores its free books in an oversized cocktail glass.
Slate reprints Ron Rosenbaum’s 1971 Esquire phone hacking story that inspired Steve Jobs and Apple founding partner Steve Wozniak to start building the illegal devices.
Here’s a trailer for MetaMaus, a new book collecting the documents and materials that went into making Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus.
Amazon opens its third overseas e-book store in France.