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Why You Should Ignore The Superlatives On Book Jackets
www.theguardian.com

Cover blurbs aren't reviews, they're advertisements that offer no space for balanced, nuanced positivity

The Book, As We Know It, Is Changing
techcrunch.com

. The value of a large hunk of text in prose form is diminishing and the price people will pay for it is also falling

Why Book Publishers Should Pay Attention To The Developing World
www.bookbusinessmag.com

A much larger and more challenging prize

We All Know That Aspiring Writers Crave Publication
www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

The Question Is, Should They?

How Print Is Slowly Killing Publishers
www.bookbusinessmag.com

Very few publishers are taking evasive action

A Book By Any Other Name
techcrunch.com

There has been much hand-wringing about what it means to be a publisher, a writer, and a reader

Publishers Need To Rethink Their Marketing Deployments And Tactics In The Digital Age
www.idealog.com

To take advantage of their backlists

Kill Your Darlings: The Importance Of Editing
www.irishtimes.com

No editor has time to look at a novel twice. Leading editors offer advice to help writers make the most of their one shot

Do We Need Consumer Protection For Ebooks?
goodereader.com

There is no true path of ownership when you purchase eBooks

Why Amazon Investors May Be Feeling A Little Confused
www.independent.co.uk

It is sometimes hard to keep track of what Amazon does. And that's not always a good sign

With Apple's Novel Acquisition, A Chance To Reinvent The Book
techcrunch.com

The first step in an attempt to rebuild the concept of the book

Do Reviews Matter Any More?
www.bookbrunch.co.uk

"Reviews don't sell fucking books" was something I often heard shouted loudly at editorial meetings during my 15 years in corporate publishing

The Carnegie Medal Should Create A Separate Award For Teenage Fiction
www.telegraph.co.uk

Our most venerable children's literary prize should not become dominated by books aimed at teenagers

BBC Worldwide: Smoke And Mirrors
www.theguardian.com

The way the corporation's commercial arm now reports its results makes it almost impossible to assess how it is performing

Everyone Needs An Editor
www.publishersweekly.com

The reading public has no time for badly edited, error-ridden books

Why Publishers (Still) Matter
www.publishersweekly.com

Independent press Pegasus Books on the merits of traditional publishing

A Single Publisher Going It Alone Won't Counter The Might Of Amazon
www.theguardian.com

Competition between publishing houses here and in the US means they stand little chance of ending Amazon's dominance

Man Booker Prize: Great Books And Great Authors Are Sometimes Missed Out By Awards Committees
www.independent.co.uk

But in the end it's readers who matter

Fifty Shades Of Grey Trailer: Which Bits Are Supposed To Be Sexy?
www.telegraph.co.uk

Robbie Collin watches the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer and finds it as arousing as week-old meat loaf

Book Publishers: Welcome To The Future
www.centralfloridafuture.com

Publishers suddenly act as if it's the beginning of the apocalypse.

Subscription Ebooks 'Inevitable'?
www.digitalbookworld.com

A new report says that the subscription ebook model will inevitably be a big part of the publishing business

Man Booker 2014: More Global, Less Diverse
www.theguardian.com

Wider eligibility criteria have given this year's longlist an Anglo-American feel – but it's also overwhelmingly white and male

Authors United To Issue New Directive To Amazon
goodereader.com

The level of arrogance required to state that AU can use its own reader fans in its fight to increase the price of books for those very fans is astounding

Kindle Unlimited's Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens
www.digitalbookworld.com

Some authors have it good and some don't

'Beat Amazon!' Is Not A Business Plan For Startups
publishingperspectives.com

Instead of concentrating on "beating Amazon" publishers should at least try to capture the "essence" of start-ups like Wattpad


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Melbourne Publishing Startup Tablo Launches Author Social Network
www.itwire.com

Facebook may have a new book-based rival

Egmont Awarded Three Major Publishing Deals
www.printweek.com

books based on mobile games Doodle Jump and Temple Run

Warner Bros Names Harry Potter Global Franchise Development Team
www.screendaily.com

Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling

Best Buy Admits Tablet PC Sales Are Crashing
goodereader.com

The tablet industry is currently on the downward trend

Author Wins Six-Figure Book Deal By Selling Copies From Bedroom
www.standard.co.uk

An author has secured a six-figure publishing deal after selling hundreds of thousands of books from her bedroom

2014 PEN Literary Award Winners
www.pen.org

PEN Awards celebrate some of the most outstanding voices in literature, spanning a wide array of genres and including both distinguished and emerging writers alike

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