The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing

1. More than 50 percent of libraries report flat or reduced budgets (GalleyCat)

2. New York public libraries to get Penguin e-books (WSJ)

3. Bookstores in France are doing just fine (NYT)

4. Author uses Facebook Timeline to craft novel (GalleyCat)

5. Literary agent: “Making e-books is harder than it looks” (Huffington Post)

6. How to score free Kindle e-books (CNET)