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Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:27:00 am

Maurice Sendak is not into the "bullshit of innocence."

Is Amazon quietly marking up the prices of physical books? The New York Times notes that a number of new books that were previously discounted are now being sold at list prices.

Before he died, Maurice Sendak spoke with the Believer about publishing houses, “the bullshit of innocence,” and his thoughts on e-books: “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book. A book is a book is a book.”

Under a new pilot program, JSTOR is providing free access to all of its journals and archives to Wikipedia’s top one hundred most active editors.

Thanks to new national test standards for public schools, students are going to spend much more time reading non-fiction. Under the Common Core State Standards, which are now being implemented, fourth graders will spend roughly half their reading time on non-fiction, and for high school seniors, this number jumps to 70 percent. So teachers are starting to wonder: Are policy wonks turning schools into a staging ground for a battle between fiction against non-fiction?

Tom Bissell talks to NPR about why he’s not optimistic about the future of publishers.