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Since my last post, I’ve been on a bit of a “literature in the age of the Internet” kick, googling around with the following question in mind: where and how can literature find its way in the digital sea? With a shrinking readership and a population of consumers who forgo bookstores for online shopping or electronic readers, publishers are racking their brains for means to stay relevant and continue to engage in a conversation about literature. So, what’s out there?

Well, it’s the Internet, so there’s a lot. And not all of it is good, but I did come across a little something that has promise. Morgan Entrekin, President of Grove Atlantic, in collaboration with a broad range of booksellers, literary magazines, and publishers, is in the process of developing the Huffington Post of the online literary world—a website called, quite simply, “Literary Hub”.

Set to launch on April 8, 2015, the website will focus on fiction and nonfiction (no mention of poetry, alas, but one can hope). The Literary Hub will feature personal and critical essays, interviews, daily book excerpts, bookstore profiles, a weekly review of books, and a daily roundup of literary news. As of now, there are no plans to sell books anywhere on the site, which is refreshing (if they stick to it). And just in case you’re one of those literary types who still prefers to read on that archaic hand-held device known as paper, the website plans to offer special printer-friendly versions of each contribution for your tactile consumption.

Publishing whales such as Scribner, Knopf, and Farrar Strauss and Giroux, and literary magazines such as the Paris Review are set to contribute. One can only hope the Literary Hub will make sufficient room for small independent publishers as well.

To stay in the loop and subscribe to the Literary Hub’s newsletter, visit www.lithub.com