*+-PEN America has issued a report on China’s book market entitled ‘Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship.’
*+-The Digital Reader reports that due to concerns over ‘rampant commercial piracy,’ Google has closed the Google Play Books Partner Center to new users.
*+-South Korean publisher Chulganil is recalling copies of a book of children’s writing that features a poem by a 10-year-old about matricide.
*+-To educate children, Argentina’s Pequeno Editor published a biodegradable book embedded with jacaranda seeds that can literally be planted after it is read.
*+-Venerable digital publishing platform Vook is no longer, but has been re-imagined and rebranded as Pronoun — a company that will offer 100% royalties.
*+-Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai has won the £60,000 Man Booker International Prize for his ‘achievement in fiction on the world stage.’
*+-A new cookbook from Bloomsbury by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna is printed in gold ink, launched at Cannes, and costs $13,000.
*+-Upstart publishers in Iran are using ebooks and digital-only distribution as a way to circumvent government censors in Iran and reach willing readers.
*+-Ebookseller Kobo is offering free ebooks and previews to Southwest Airlines passengers through the airline’s inflight entertainment portal.
*+-Buenos Aires, with 2.8 million people, has 734 bookstores, or 25 for every 100,000 people — the highest per capita in the world.