Private: Amazon’s “search inside” feature, Maynard, Prix Goncourt, more

Recently Amazon instituted a feature that allows readers to search the text of books sold through the site. To allay authors’ fears that this development will impact sales, the bookseller has disabled the ability to print out text pages surrounding the search results. (Via MobyLives.)

A regular correspondent from Asheville, North Carolina, notes in email that one of the Salon writing classes is being taught by Joyce Maynard, and says:

Her bio is like 1,000 words long. I think it would be more helpful if they provided a simple 7-sentence one: “The woman who slept with J.D. Salinger.”

The Prix Goncourt is France’s “most prestigious – and decried – literary prize.”

Are MFA writing programs too easy? Would “a labor-intensive ‘skill acquisition’ course” fix everything? (Via Bookslut.)