Bookseller Barnes & Noble is launching the Espresso Book Machine at three store locations, including New York’s Union Square flagship. The machines, which retail at $80,000 a piece, print books on demand—then collate, cover, and bind them in minutes for customers. [Good e-Reader]
Valérie Trierweiler, the ex-girlfriend of French President François Hollande, published a tell-all memoir last week. France’s former First Lady writes in detail about her relationship with the highly unpopular President Hollande, including the devastation she experienced after finding out about his highly publicized affair with French actress Julie Gayet. A senior Socialist politician said that the release of the book is “a mortal poison for François but also, perhaps, for a whole generation of politicians,” The Telegraph reports.
Biographer Penelope Niven died of an aneurysm at age 75 last week in North Carolina. Niven, best known for her revelatory biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Carl Sandburg, published several biographies of literary figures from the Depression and World War II eras. She also co-wrote actor James Earl Jones’ autobiography in 1993. [The New York Times]
Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired Ryan Doherty to fill a newly created position, Vice President of Literary Development. The former senior editor at publisher Ballantine Bantam Dell will pursue opportunities to adapt books into movie and television productions. [Publishers Weekly]