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Jun 8, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am

The iBookstore is coming to the iPhone, expanding the e-book market to the pocket-sized device. If you put stock in Steve Job's iBook sales numbers, that's very good news for publishing. Yesterday's announcement of the iPhone 4 was measured in comparison to the frenzied hype that welcomed the iPad, since many of the phone's features have been known for a while—thanks to the checkbook journalism of Gizmodo, which purloined an early iPhone 4 prototype and produced the definitive guide to the gizmo. 

Literary mixes: New York magazine has asked authors to recommend books for the summer: "the perfect time to dig deep into books, classics and otherwise, you’ve missed." Australian novelist Peter Carey on historical fiction; cyberpunk William Gibson on science fiction; Kathryn Harrison on memoirs; SNL writer Simon Rich on humor; Otto Penzler (owner of The Mysterious Bookshop) on thrillers; and Rebecca Skloot on science—more than fifty books worth reading in all—including classics, recent volumes, and several intriguingly obscure titles.

Meanwhile, on the left coast, the LA Times has cobbled together its own list of essential reading for the summer.

FSG's reading series is back tonight, pairing Lydia Davis, known for her revelatory translation of Swann's Way, last year's collection of stories, and a forthcoming translation of Madame Bovary, with David Means, author of the recent story collection The Spot.