McSweeney's has a great series of articles (thanks for the link, Lorie!) about the state of publishing, including some good news from the world of books, as well as separate pieces about the state of libraries, the state of book production, and the state of global literacy. While the statistics are very U.S.-based, they are interesting, and, in many cases, hopeful. More articles on this topic will appear on McSweeney's in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned.
*Frieze at right from the Westmount Public Library newspaper room.