Today in books and publishing: Ernest Hemingway's estate leaps into the luxury hotel business, Amazon has a copycat bestseller problem, and a tour of Jane Friedman's sprawling, well-read Manhattan duplex.
A Hemingway-themed hotel You may soon be staying at one, sipping whiskey, silently appraising a stuffed and mounted beast of some sort in a wood-paneled lobby. That's the conceit behind Hemingway Hotels & Resort, a new "hospitality chain" that plans to open fancy hotels in Papa-approved places like Key West, Havana (good luck with that), Paris, Venice "and in other beautiful places around the world, in cities and in nature, on beaches and in mountains." Hemingway's estate is behind the brand, and we can only hope the chain will have a canary in every room, which will be a clean, well-lighted place. [Page Views]
An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker He mainly gloats about company's recent standoff with PayPal, in which the e-book publishing juggernaut defended his right to sell oddball erotica, just as long as it's legal. Also, he lets it slip that the authors of incest erotica are "incredibly articulate and well-spoken." [Fast Company]