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Three Million Books Were Judged By Their Covers - This Is What Happened
www.independent.co.uk

Friends Dean Casalena and Nate Gagnon were curious to see what happened when readers literally judged books by their covers, so they set up web game Judgey to find out

Why Social Media Marketing Must Be Audience-Specific
www.digitalbookworld.com

Social media marketing functions best when audience dictates channel and message

Captain Underpants' Dav Pilkey On Being Banned For No Good Reason
publishingperspectives.com

Why are Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants books so consistently banned

How 'A Little Life' Became A Sleeper Hit
www.wsj.com

'A Little Life,' Hanya Yanagihara's harrowing saga of friendship and sorrow, has become the sleeper hit of the summer

Breaking New Ground With Kurdish Literature
www.yourmiddleeast.com

Aras Ahmed Mhamad spoke to Kae Bahar, author of Letters from a Kurd, the first Kurdish novel written in English

Europa Editions Dubbed a 'Coveted Intellectual Brand'
publishingperspectives.com

It's not often that a publisher makes the pages of The New York Times Style Magazine, but Europa Editions has done it

A Writing Lesson From Ursula K. Le Guin
lithub.com

In Pursuit of the Gorgeous Sound of Language

How To Price Your Print Book
completelynovel.com

What's your retail price sweet spot?

How The Tiny Graywolf Press Became A Big Player In Book Publishing
www.slate.com

By hiring an "affably owlish Brit"

Young And Quirky YouTube Stars Lift Traditional Book Publishers
uk.reuters.com

A generation of YouTube stars isgiving a boost to the book publishing industry

4 Reasons Why Independent Bookstores Are Thriving
theweek.com

So what are independent bookstores doing right?

What We Need To Make A Good Author Marketing Platform
www.digitalbookworld.com

As of today, there isn't a single good resource for quality authors looking to find their first fans

Little Boy Loves Books So Much That He Cries When His Mother Stops Reading To Him
www.independent.co.uk

The saddest bookworm

PRH Consumer Marketing Director Focuses on Discoverability and UX
www.bookbusinessmag.com

Amanda Close shares the strategy behind PRH's site relaunch and plans for future expansion

Kickstarter Math Is Weird
mariancall.com

You should do LOTS of weird Kickstarter math before you crowdfund anything

Why The Most Famous Agent In Book Publishing Is About To Become A Famous Novelist Too
www.vanityfair.com

You wouldn't be alone in believing that Bill Clegg merely strolled onto the Booker list

Interesting Ways Writers Are Using Tech
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There's a lot of resistance to technology in the literary landscape

How The Tiny Graywolf Press Became A Big Player In Book Publishing
www.vulture.com

Finds a genuinely new way forward for nonfiction

What It's Like To Top Banned Book Lists Around The World
www.theguardian.com

My very first Captain Underpants stories were "banned" by my second grade teacher

How Schools Buy And Use E-books
www.publishersweekly.com

A snapshot of today's US educational e-book market

How Writers Learned To Love The Computer
www.theguardian.com

Typewriter, you're fired!

How To Best Use Facebook As An Author
www.digitalbookworld.com

What's the best way to get started with social media?

David Lagercrantz: 'I Read That Stieg Larsson Used To Work Through The Night, So I Sat Up Late Too'
www.theguardian.com

Lagercrantz was already the author of the bestselling book in Swedish history – his ghostwritten memoir of footballer Ibrahimovic – when he was asked to write a fourth thriller in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series

Pirate Libraries
www.eurozine.com

They are now at the centre of a global debate on access to knowledge

Brave New World Of Streaming
www.publishersweekly.com

Online viewing services represent an emerging opportunity for authors and publishers


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The BitLit/Shelfie Rebrand
www.adweek.com

Bitlit, an app that connects readers with e-book versions of print books they own, has renamed the company Shelfie

High Street Sales Tumble To Lowest Level Since 2008 Crisis
www.telegraph.co.uk

Sales across all retail sectors slumped in August to the lowest point since November 2008

Penguin Books To Host Brand Experiences At Boxpark Residency
www.eventmagazine.co.uk

Publisher Penguin Books is celebrating its 80th birthday by hosting its first pop-up store in London's Boxpark next week (8-13 September)

E-book Sales Fall After New Amazon Contracts
www.wsj.com

Prices rise, but revenue takes a hit

Authors Patrick Ness And John Green Raise More Than £18,000 For Refugees In Four Hours
www.telegraph.co.uk

Set up a fundraising page in an attempt to do something concrete

The Richell Prize For Emerging Writers: The Full Longlist
www.theguardian.com

Guardian Australia and Hachette Australia announce the 21 writers in the running for inaugural $10,000 books prize, chosen from more than 900 entries

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