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How 'curationism' influences our reading identities
www.quillandquire.com

The verb "to curate" – especially its passive construction "curated by" – emerged in the 1980s and '90s; its origins are in experimental theatre and performance art

Is Social Media Marketing Heaven Or Hell?
publishingperspectives.com

If there was a Queen of Twitter it would have to be HarperCollins UK's Head of Events, Sam Missingham

UK Publishes More Books Per Capita Than Any Other Country
www.theguardian.com

UK tops chart of publications per million inhabitants by a huge margin, with only China and US publishing more titles in absolute terms

Who Said It: Jean-Paul Sartre Or A Cod Philosopher?
www.telegraph.co.uk

French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre turned down the Nobel Prize 50 years ago today. Can you tell if he, or Bono, Joey Barton or Morrissey, said these things?

The Percy Jackson Problem
www.newyorker.com

What if it makes young readers hungry only for more of the palatable same?

The Marketing Tool Every Publisher Undervalues
www.bookbusinessmag.com

Why are publishers so scared of free and sample content?

The Joys Of Judging The Man Booker Prize
www.theguardian.com

Controversy, sexism and a lot of reading – judge Sarah Churchwell works out what to do now the party is over

Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK?
publishingperspectives.com

One of the most hopeful trends, is the proliferation of international small houses run by enthusiastic publishers and editors

The Polish Ebook Industry Is On The Rise
goodereader.com

The Polish eBook industry is starting to see some significant gains and rose 23% in 2013

Man Booker Win A Boon For Australia Literature
www.bbc.co.uk

Has the local publishing community seeing stars

Mobile Reading Trends: How Solid Is The Kindle's Position?
personanondata.blogspot.co.uk

What we learned when we asked 3,000 people whether they read books on their phones

Do Readers Choose Ebooks Because They Are Cheaper?
goodereader.com

Many readers cite the price of eBooks as one of the primarily aspects of why they choose to read digitally

What To Read When You Are Stuck In A Bookshop
www.waterstones.com

While away the time with a collection of short stories

John Grisham Sorry He Called For Lighter Sentence For Sex Offender Pal
www.foxnews.com

Backtracking from controversial statements he made in an interview in which he called for lighter sentences for some people convicted of sex offenses.

Museum of London opens the largest UK exhibition on Sherlock Holmes in over 60 years
frannyandperks.wordpress.com

This autumn, the Museum of London opens its doors to celebrate the world of the greatest fictional detective of all time with its Sherlock Holmes exhibition

Seeking A Balance In Paying Translators In Germany
publishingperspectives.com

The new system of paying translators in Germany actually can punish the publisher for having a bestseller in some cases

Big Data: Dispelling The Myths About One Of Publishing's Hottest Buzzwords
www.digitalbookworld.com

Big data was one of Frankfurt Book Fair's hottest topics of discussion this year among digital publishing professionals

Computers Can Write Books Now, But We Probably Don't Have Anything To Worry About
www.mhpbooks.com

The idea that the human element of the creative process can be partially or completely removed has fascinated people for decades

What Happened At The Booker Prize Parties
www.telegraph.co.uk

While the literary movers and shakers dined with Richard Flanagan at the Guildhall, our literary groupie Rupert Hawksley hung out with Hoxton hipsters

Who Is The Real Italian Novelist Writing As Elena Ferrante?
www.theguardian.com

As the fame of the Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay author grows, so does the guessing game about her identity

Russell Brand to give Reading Agency lecture
www.teleread.com

The ever-more-serious UK comedian Russell Brand will deliver this year's Reading Agency lecture

How Bookstores Survive In The Age Of Amazon
www.publishersweekly.com

Eighty-five percent of our sales are books, not stuffed animals or candles

Amazon Wants To Outsource Book Agents' Jobs
mashable.com

Amazon is looking to crowdsource the publishing industry

Is E-reading To Your Toddler Story Time, Or Simply Screen Time?
www.nytimes.com

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against screen time for toddlers; however, story time is now often on a tablet

What Teens Will Be Reading Next
us.cnn.com

Trends in young adult fiction have shifted


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Blloon rises in the UK
www.thebookseller.com

Start with 1,000 Pages on us

Nobel-effect On Modiano Sales
www.complete-review.com

Unsurprisingly, he got a nice boost in France

Augustpriset Shortlists Announced
translate.google.co.uk

They've announced the shortlists for the Augustpriset, one of the leading Swedish literary prizes

How The Overwhelmingly White Publishing Industry Hurts Black Writers
www.ebony.com

Publishing industry is 89 percent White

Amazon-S&S Deal Based on Kindle Authors' Terms?
www.shelf-awareness.com

Some commentators are hailing the deal as a return to Agency pricing, but I wonder if these are the same commentators who claim that self-published KDP authors employ Agency pricing?

Magic Faraway Tree Set For The Big Screen
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First feature film adaptation of The Magic Faraway Tree series

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