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Daughter Of Missing Hong Kong Bookseller Appeals For US Help
time.com

Has been in Chinese custody for eight months without trial

Waterstones Ebook Store Is Closing
www.waterstones.com

The Waterstone's eBook Store is closing and all of the digital content is being transferred over to Kobo

CWA Dagger 2016 Long lists announced
thecwa.co.uk

Ten daggers up for grabs

Bloomsbury Sales Up 11%
www.booktrade.info

Reorganising from four to two divisions

Other News

Shakespeare's First Four Folios Sell At Auction For Almost £2.5m

Floella Benjamin accuses booksellers of hiding titles by BAME authors

Macmillan Publishers Acquires Self-publishing Platform Pronoun, Formerly Vook

Marvel And DC Comics Back Down Against Londoner

Stephen King Joins Hundreds Of Authors Petitioning Against Donald Trump

Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Notebook Will Be Published As A Book

Twitter May Remove Photos And Links From Its 140-character Limit

Spotify Revenues Surge 80% To More Than £1.5bn

Comixology Launches Netflix-style Subscription Service For Comics

Paul Murray And Hannah Rothschild Win Wodehouse Prize For Comic Fiction

Enid Blyton's Famous Five Spoof Books To Be Published

The Children's Books Simon Cowell Needs To Read

Those UK Publishing Numbers

US Audiobook Sales Jump 20.7% in 2015

Bonnier Publishing Creates Aussie Division

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Trade Announcements

Publishers Association To Relaunch Publishers Green Network

Increase In Children Reading For Pleasure Following Chatterbooks In Schools Project: New Statistics

William Heinemann To Publish The Autobiography Of Steve Jones Of The Sex Pistols

Hat-trick Of Awards For John And Fatti Burke's Runaway Bestseller Irelandopedia

Book Aid International Returns To Sierra Leone To Support Library Services

The View From Castle Rock World Premiere Performance Announced

Stephen Fry Supports Library Poster Campaign

O'Brien Press Illustrator, Lauren O'Neill, Wins Honour Award At The 2016 CBI Book Of The Year Awards

Egmont's Electric Monkey To Publish Two New Cohn And Levithan Collaborations

New Three-book Deal For Tammy Cohen

New CILIP Library Fund Launched

Jorn Lier Horst Wins Petrona Award For The Caveman

Barr Takes Over As President Of The Publishers Association

Damon Hill's Autobiography To Pan Macmillan

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers Wins £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize

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Opinion

Things Are Calmer Than They Were In The Book Business
www.idealog.com

But change is a constant

An Abridged Da Vinci Code Implies Teens Need Simple Books – They Don't
www.theguardian.com

Penguin's plan seems both pointless and patronising

The True Cost Of Bargain Books
www.jamesmayhew.co.uk

A Penny for Your Thoughts

Why Distributors Are Book Publishing's New Gatekeepers
www.huffingtonpost.com

The argument for gatekeepers is that they set a high bar

Feature Items

Writing Is An Act Of Pride: A Conversation With Elena Ferrante
www.newyorker.com

The Italian novelists Elena Ferrante and Nicola Lagioia discuss writing

How Inkpop Went Bust And Inspired A Community Of Would-be Writers
kernelmag.dailydot.com

Brought together thousands of could-be writers and let them critique each other's work

Should Publishers See Themselves As Service Providers?
www.digitalbookworld.com

Data management technologies have been maturing

What Happened When Famous Authors Went To Visit Hardcore Jewish Settlers
www.independent.co.uk

The writers didn't like what they saw. The settlers didn't like the writers much either.

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  1. Floella Benjamin accuses booksellers of hiding titles by BAME authors
  2. Enid Blyton's Famous Five Spoof Books To Be Published
  3. The Children's Books Simon Cowell Needs To Read
  4. Increase In Children Reading For Pleasure Following Chatterbooks In Schools Project: New Statistics
  5. Australia Government Kills Off The Copyright Changes That Were Freaking Out Authors
  6. Daughter Of Missing Hong Kong Bookseller Appeals For US Help
  7. Stephen King Joins Hundreds Of Authors Petitioning Against Donald Trump
  8. Macmillan Publishers Acquires Self-publishing Platform Pronoun, Formerly Vook
  9. Marvel And DC Comics Back Down Against Londoner
  10. Paul Murray And Hannah Rothschild Win Wodehouse Prize For Comic Fiction