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Wh Smith Leaves Tech Trailing
www.bloomberg.com

British newspaper seller pre-dating Queen Victoria is providing bigger gains for investors than modern technology

'books In Nicks' Scheme Will Give Free Novels To London Prisoners
www.standard.co.uk

Every prisoner in London custody suites will be offered a free book to take away with them

Italian Government Is Giving €500 To Teens To Buy Books
goodereader.com

Over 575,000 teenagers to benefit

How Campus Libraries Became The Place To Read, Pray, Learn
www.timeshighereducation.com

Booming popularity of university libraries is down to a radical reshaping of the provision on offer

Votes Sought For Most Disliked English Word
www.theguardian.com

Oxford Dictionaries is launching a global public vote to find English speakers' least favourite word

Arthur C Clarke Award Goes To Adrian Tchaikovsky's Novel Of 'universal Scale'
www.theguardian.com

British author Adrian Tchaikovsky has won the Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction for a novel that judges have compared to the eponymous author's own work

Mills & Boon Romances Are Actually Feminist Texts, Academic Says
www.theguardian.com

No one should be embarrassed to read much-derided books as many are literature of protest

Donald Trump Used $55k Of Campaign Funds To Buy His Own Book
www.buzzfeed.com

The Trump campaign bought more than 3,500 copies of Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again from a Barnes & Noble

BBC One mines Agatha Christie novels for seven more TV dramas
www.bbc.co.uk

Agatha Christie is set to loom even larger in the British TV schedules after BBC One agreed to show seven new adaptations of her classic mysteries

Literary Fiction Readers Understand Others' Emotions Better, Study Finds
www.theguardian.com

Literary fiction by the likes of Salman Rushdie, Harper Lee and Toni Morrison helps improve readers' understanding of other people's emotions

Amazon Launches The Kindle Reading Fund
www.digitalbookworld.com

Program that will work to make books 'more easily available to communities around the world through digital reading'

Amazon Outstrips Flipkart As India's Biggest Online Retailer
mashable.com

Amazon India may have surpassed Flipkart to become the biggest online retailer in the country last month

Meet the 'Human Google' at the New York Public Library
www.cbsnews.com

The local library remains a vital source for research

School Librarian of the Year Award 2016
www.sla.org.uk

Five exceptional librarians from a wide variety of schools

'Do a Bradbury' and 'bogan' among 6,000 new entries in Australian National Dictionary
www.theguardian.com

Updated dictionary's second edition has more than 6,000 new words and phrases, including entries from more than 100 Indigenous languages

Women in UK still far adrift on salary and promotion
www.theguardian.com

Gender pay gap remains a gulf

New branch of Waterstones opening on Teesside this week
www.gazettelive.co.uk

A new Waterstones is opening in Yarm

How the Panama Papers Show Publishers the Value of Big Data
www.digitalbookworld.com

The hidden value sitting locked in large amounts of unstructured data, such as notes, documents and emails

Sturgeon Launches School Reading Challenge
www.bbc.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon has challenged pupils across Scotland to read from a list of 100 books as part of a drive to improve literacy

Kickstarter Hits a Publishing Milestone
www.publishersweekly.com

Records more than $100 million in pledges to general-publishing projects since it launched in 2009

Hugo awards see off rightwing protests to celebrate diverse authors
www.theguardian.com

Another attempt by the Sad and Rabid Puppies groups to hijack the science fiction award goes to the dogs, as authors and titles not in their campaign take top prizes

Publisher wins rights to Voynich manuscript, a book no one can read
www.theguardian.com

Tiny Spanish publisher can clone centuries-old manuscript written in language or code that no one has cracked

Why We Need More Book Awards
theconversation.com

If left to the market, too few resources will be devoted to arts and cultural production

International publishers are 'deeply concerned' over closure of Turkish publishing houses
www.mhpbooks.com

PEN International Publishers Circle circulating petition

Emma Watson's Feminist Book Club To Read 'Half The Sky'
www.adweek.com

'Women hold up half the sky'


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