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If Shakespeare Wrote Pop Songs
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Every wonder what Taylor Swift's newest album would sound like in iambic pentameter?

Germaine Greer Defends Amazon
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Believes ebooks should "cost pennies"

Was Suge Knight Shot To Stifle Publishing Of Tell-all Book?
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Suge Knight Shooting May Have Stemmed From Book Proposal

Will Self attacks 'literary mediocrity' George Orwell
www.telegraph.co.uk

The Book of Dave's author says George Orwell was a 'supreme mediocrity'

British Library Gives Teachers Tools To Inspire
www.theguardian.com

The Discovering Literature website is an important cultural resource that can be enjoyed by all ages

Read Russia Finalists
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The Read Russia Prize for translations of Russian works into (selected) foreign languages will be announced 6 September

France's Anti-Amazon Minister Goes
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Minister for culture Aurélie Filippetti has quit during a ministerial reshuffle

Bezos's Bozos
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Report shows Amazon has sold no more than 35,000 Fire Phones

Young Adult Best-sellers Drive Penguin Random House Sales
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Penguin Random House reported €1.461 billion in revenue in the first half of 2014, up from €915 million during the same six-month period last year

Birmingham Literature Festival To Return With Ten-day Library Takeover
www.birminghampost.co.uk

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales will be given a modern-day update and re-told on Chaucer Night

Light Novels Arrive In The U.S.—again
www.publishersweekly.com

Japanese Pop Lit

A Not-so-profitable Six Months
www.publishersweekly.com

The big houses made money in the first half of 2014, but some margins were down

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Chapters Discovered
www.bbc.co.uk

Roald Dahl draft spills Charlie and the Chocolate Factory secrets

Scottish Crime Writers Take On English In Five-a-side Match
www.heraldscotland.com

and they're claiming foul play already

'The Fault In Our Stars' Book Sales Lift Bertelsmann Results
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John Green's YA drama sold 5.7 million copies worldwide this year

Father Raps Plot Of First Harry Potter Book To His Son
www.telegraph.co.uk

Father decided it would be easier to rap than read the book to his son

11-year-old Recreates 1,079-page Novel In Lego
www.telegraph.co.uk

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest gets a Lego makeover

Ann Widdecombe's Dancing Detective Is Debut Self-publishing Performance
www.theguardian.com

The former MP's first detective novel spins off from a Strictly Come Dancing-esque TV show called Lively Toes

Aldi takes Roald Dahl book off Australian shelves over the word 'slut'
www.theguardian.com

Supermarket acts after Facebook post complains about language in Revolting Rhymes

Beijing Book Fair 2014: The Sweet Spots
www.publishersweekly.com

Heavy foot traffic along the aisles of the International Hall on the second day of the Beijing International Book Fair bodes well for the exhibitors

Books-a-million Has Solid Quarter
www.publishersweekly.com

Cuts net loss for the second quarter to $3.0 million

Martin Amis's holocaust 'comedy' fails to find German publisher
www.theguardian.com

The Zone of Interest, set in Auschwitz, is declined by the author's publishers in Germany and France

Japanese Publishers Lash Out At New Amazon Rules
www.channelnewsasia.com

Amazon pushes hardest to promote books from publishers who agreed to the most favourable contract terms

Bruce Springsteen To Publish Children's Book
www.theguardian.com

Outlaw Pete is based on his 2009 song about a bank-robbing baby

Von Schilling Takes Over For Applebaum At PRH Communications
www.publishersweekly.com

Claire von Schilling will direct both PRH's external and internal communications, branding, and corporate social responsibility programs


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