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Why The Subscription Dream Of A 'Netflix For Books' Still Has Its Limits
www.theguardian.com

Book streaming services are still struggling to get bestsellers on to our virtual shelves

Taking Sides in the Amazon-Hachette Battle
www.forbes.com

If I weighed in on Amazon's side in its battle with Hachette, no publisher would ever publish another book of mine

Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K.
www.nytimes.com

Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America

A Class Action Against James Patterson?
www.teleread.com

On grounds of consumer fraud?

Peter Handke: Abolish The Nobel Prize In Literature!
www.complete-review.com

Sore loser?

Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical?
the-digital-reader.com

Where is the money to pay authors to write "serious literature" going to come from?

Do Publisher-led Reader Communities Work?
www.teleread.com

The difference between the real thing and by-the-numbers efforts becomes ever more glaring

Where Was Kannada And Indian Languages At Frankfurt Book Fair
www.bangaloremirror.com

When the works of hundreds of writers from countries with a population less than Bangalore are being translated and sold in millions, maybe people from Karnataka should take the responsibility of promoting their own literature.?''

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

Amazon's Selfish Defender
www.salon.com

"Hugh Howey's short-sighted, Ayn Rand-ian argument harms book culture"

Read Whatever The Hell You Want
www.newstatesman.com

Why we need a new way of talking about young adult literature

Should Hitler's Mein Kampf Be Republished?
www.eurozine.com

The German copyright on Mein Kampf expires in 2015, renewing debate on whether it should be reprinted, or even read

As Booker Prize Day Dawns, Anything Is Possible
www.telegraph.co.uk

The great thing about a literary prize is not who wins, but that there is so much to admire

Transgressive Literature Will Always Be A Minority Pursuit
www.theguardian.com

Nobel judge Horace Engdahl is wrong - creative writing courses and grants aren't barriers to becoming a rebellious writer, says Polari winner Diriye Osman

There's One Huge Problem With Calls For Anti-trust Action Against Amazon
www.vox.com

Amazon doesn't have any kind of monopoly

A Broader Man Booker Means Narrower Horizons
www.theguardian.com

Opening the prize up to American authors could end a tradition of bringing brilliant post-colonial writing to a global audience

From Super Thursday To The Book Dump Bin Is Not That Far
www.independent.co.uk

But away from the hype, serious readers seem to be surviving remarkably well

Do You Have To Win A Nobel Prize To Be Translated?
www.newyorker.com

Why is it that, so often, when a Nobel Prize is awarded to a non-American writer, readers in the U.S.—even the most well-read and cosmopolitan among us—find themselves drawing a blank?

Stop Trying To Sell Rights To Us!
publishingperspectives.com

Non-English language publishers should publish in English themselves

What Is Faber's New Division Supposed To Do?
www.teleread.com

And is digital the savior of high culture?

Creative Writing Courses Are Killing Western Literature, Claims Nobel Judge
www.theguardian.com

Grants cut off writers from society says Horace Engdahl

Print Book Retailing Economics And Ebook Retailing Economics Have Almost Nothing In Common
www.idealog.com

Here are a couple of points about book economics that Mike Shatzkin learned at his Daddy's knee

Dear Ms Morgan: A Reading Policy Isn't Just Telling Grandparents What To Do
www.theguardian.com

You seem to have been told to be nicey-nicey, but giving homilies to grandparents about reading to children is not an education policy

Reading Should Be One Of Life's Joys, Not A Duty
www.telegraph.co.uk

'Difficult' books can be rewarding – but there's no shame in not getting to the end

Can't Get Into Highbrow Novels?
www.telegraph.co.uk

Ditch them, says Nick Hornby


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2014 Cundill Prize Names Three Finalists For Historical Literature Award
www.thestar.com

Authors Gary Bass, Richard Overy and David Van Reybrouck vie for grand prize of $75,000

DSC Prize 2015 Longlist Announced
dscprize.com

Longlist Announced For The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015

Flipkart Squares Off Against Amazon In India
www.financialexpress.com

Flipkart has chalked out ambitious expansion plan

DreamWorks signs UK publishing deal with Igloo Books
www.licensing.biz

Igloo Books' first launch will be a series of titles based on the Penguins of Madagascar movie

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www.telegraph.co.uk

On this day in 1960, Penguin Books went on trial over the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover

An Author Confronts Her Number One Online Critic
www.theguardian.com

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