Today in publishing and literature: France's great big book digitalization project gets the go-ahead, details about the posthumous collection of David Foster Wallace essays, and Jodi Picoult is writing a tearjerker for kids.
The French government has passed a law authorizing the digitalization and sale of 500,000 "indispensable" out-of-print books. This raises several reasonable questions, including: what makes a book indispensable? And who gets to decide? In this case, that responsibility falls to staff of France's Bibliothèque nationale. France is investing 30 million euros in the project, for a start, and will have a 40% stake in the royalties generated from the sales of the collection, with the going to publishers and authors. [paidContent]
Three non-fiction books about David Foster Wallace will be released in 2012, but the author's fans are undoubtedly more excited to hear about Both Flesh and Not, a posthumous collection of previously uncollected essays from the author scheduled for a November 27 release. There's no cover art, but according to Amazon's product description, the collection will feature "F/X Porn," his 1998 analysis of Terminator 2, "Federer as Religious Experience," a 2006 New York Times piece about the divine aspects of the Swiss tennis player's game. [The Millions]