Penguin will expand its small library e-book lending program to two major regions, Cleveland and Los Angeles County. About a year ago, Penguin pulled its e-books from libraries. The change is about back-end distribution systems: Instead of using the market-dominant OverDrive, Penguin is expanding a pilot program with 3M using distributor Baker & Taylor. This is super-interesting to people who know a lot about libraries and e-books, less so to end users. The upshot: Los Angeles County library readers should be able to borrow the e-book of Junot Diaz's "This Is How You Lose Her" before the end of the year. Note: This is for county libraries, not Los Angeles city libraries.
The Center for Fiction is holding an online auction for its school library program, which this year will benefit schools hit by Hurricane Sandy. Items on the block include weekend getaways in Vermont, Maine, San Francisco and Uruguay, sets of autographed books by George Saunders and Dennis Lehane, a painting, VIP tickets to "The Daily Show" and fashion items that include an Olympia Le-Tan book clutch. (via Galleycat)
The YA debut "Blackwood" by Gwenda Bond is in development with MTV, Kelsey Grammar's production company and Lionsgate. The supernatural mystery is set on Roanoke Island. "DC Comic book and television writer Peter Calloway (Brothers & Sisters) will write the adaptation," Deadline Hollywood reports.