By Taylor Weatherby
February 04, 2015 at 07:21 PM EST

Just one week after Harry Potter was released on the e-book service Oyster, HarperCollins announced that three E.B. White classics would soon be available as ebooks. White’s surviving family members were initially concerned that electronic versions would hurt the sales of the paper formats, but they have now decided to release Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, which will be available March 17. (Denver Post)

If you can’t wait until mid-March to have Charlotte’s Web electronically, you might just have another option. Amazon just released the Kindle Convert app, which allows you to turn paper copies of books into ebooks, for $19. But before you commit to converting all your favorite paperbacks, be careful—the app requires a scanner to manually input the book page by page. (NBC News)

The largest ever online sale of a book occurred Wednesday for a whopping $191,000 on Abebooks.com, crushing the previous record of $65,000. Known in English as “A Natural History of Birds,” the rare Italian illustrated book was published in 1765 and includes 600 hand-colored engraved plates of birds from across the globe. Another copy of the same book is listed on Abebooks for $450,000, so the new record might be broken before we know it. (L.A. Times)

Czech author Milan Kundera’s first novel in 13 years will be released in English this summer. The Festival of Insignificance, a short work first published in Italy in 2013, has already been a chart-topper in several countries. Look for it on shelves June 23. (The Guardian)

Two co-founders of their own publishing companies have become co-founders together. Andy Hunter of Electric Literature and Elizabeth Koch of Black Balloon Publishing, announced Tuesday that they have collaborated to create Catapult, a new publishing startup launching this fall. The two created Catapult to “celebrate powerful voices, breakthrough narratives, and extraordinary storytelling experiences.” Starting in spring 2016, the startup will publish twelve titles annually. (Publisher’s Weekly)

The winners of the 2015 Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King awards were announced Monday by the American Library Association. Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend received the Caldecott Medal and The Crossover by Kwame Alexander won the Newbery Medal. The Coretta Scott King awards for an African-American author and illustrator went to Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming, and Christopher Myers for his illustrations in Firebird. Several other books received awards; see the full list of winners here. (CNN)

Feb. 5 marks the first-ever Harry Potter Book Night, which is an official celebration of J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. As if Harry Potter fans need an official night to celebrate, libraries across the world are gearing up for events based around the occasion, and event kits are even available for those looking to go all-out. Illustrator Jonny Duddle had created new-age covers for each book in the series several months ago, but The Guardian released animated GIFs that show the creation of the covers to commemorate the celebration. (The Guardian)

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