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

1. Simon & Schuster launches self-publishing arm with Author Solutions (paidContent)

2. Universities to pilot e-book program that monitors student reading habits (The Verge)

3. Penguin rolling out new e-book library lending program (VentureBeat)

4. 2012 e-reader comparison guide (GizMag)

5. The victims of the Penguin & Random House merger: Literary agents (Daily Beast)