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Dear Ms Morgan: There's No Point Giving Children Tickets For Closed Libraries
www.theguardian.com

Michael Rosen: We knew where we were with Thatcher's ideologues – unlike today's double-speaking Tories

AI sheets should be aimed at consumers
www.idealog.com

The Audience Information Sheet is more useful than the Title Information Sheet for marketers (and for publicity and sales too)

The Digital Debate Is Done, And The Reading Public Are The Winners
www.theguardian.com

The ebook debate has moved on from zealots versus luddites – and has empowered readers

The Crime Novel In Particular Will Eventually Be Seen As The Social Document Of Our Time
www.theguardian.com

It is through the novel that we learn the real state of things

Library Cards Without Libraries?
publishingperspectives.com

How About Unicorns, Too?

Is Amazon Creating a Cultural Monopoly?
www.newyorker.com

Even though Amazon's activities tend to reduce book prices, which is considered good for consumers, they ultimately hurt consumers

Why An Intern Would Live In A Tent
www.theguardian.com

The UN - and not a publisher - is to blame

Let's Get Every Child Reading Widely And Well
www.telegraph.co.uk

Too many children are unable to enjoy our country's rich literary heritage. We need to change that

On Hating The Writing Of A Talented Writer
www.theguardian.com

The mystery of Haruki Murakami's whimsy

Ebooks Are Changing The Way We Read, And The Way Novelists Write
www.theguardian.com

Our attention spans have shortened, we're distracted, and authors have changed their style to suit, but these changes are part of the wider digital transformation

Should Publishing Embrace Misfits And Outlaws?
publishingperspectives.com

Misfits and outlaws know how to survive and there are lessons to be learned from them

Why That Ebook May Cost More Than The Hardcover
thoughtcatalog.com

and it's authors taking it in the neck

Why Aren't There More Grandparents In Books?
www.telegraph.co.uk

Roald Dahl gives a prominent place to grandparents, but JK Rowling ignores them

David Foster Wallace And 'Blurbspeak'
lareviewofbooks.org

There's no getting around it: book blurbs are a much-maligned aspect of publishing culture

Seeing Stars: Writers Should Not Fear Online Reviews
www.theguardian.com

Will social media and aggregated preferences sweep away book reviewing and literary culture?

Self-publishing Is Completely Corrupt
goodereader.com

If a bestselling author can't make it self-publishing, can you as a first time writer? Likely not.

Best Is Still To Come In Pearson Breakup
www.nytimes.com

It makes sense to wait

Ursula K. Le Guin Wants Less Profiteering, More Freedom
www.teleread.com

Books are not a commodity

The Virtues Of Difficult Fiction
www.thenation.com

If novels aren't worthy challenges, we have no reason to linger in their pages

Ebooks And Print Can Co-Exist
goodereader.com

Four years ago there was a lot of panic

Amazon 'Exerts a Dangerous Amount of Control'
www.shelf-awareness.com

We now have a single, corporate entity that exerts a dangerous amount of control over the channels of free expression that sustain our democracy

Is This Really The Golden Age Of Publishing?
flavorwire.com

Ask Eddie Redmayne's Brother

Consumer-facing Websites Are The Future Of Book Marketing
www.bookbusinessmag.com

I see a bright future for publishers eager to develop and aggregate compelling content, especially content that readers want to share

How The Man Booker Fiction Prize Became Stacked In Favour Of The Big Publishers
theconversation.com

Award is among the most prestigious in the literary world. It is also incredibly generous to the big publishing houses

Could Amazon's Defenders Actually Be The Saner Ones?
www.teleread.com

So is Amazon bad for business?


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Writer Accusing Vivienne Westwood Of Plagiarism Claims Win
www.theguardian.com

Paul Gorman says publisher admits plagiarism by adding citations to biography while Picador rejects 'unjustified claims'

Agent Buys Award-Winning U.K. Indie Dulwich Books
www.shelf-awareness.com

Susie Nicklin, executive chair and co-founder of the Marsh Agency, has purchased British indie Dulwich Books

Amazon Throws Open A Million Books For Indians On Kindle At Just $3 A Month
www.techinasia.com

India is the first country in Asia to get this service, which is currently available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada

E-book Readers' Guilty Pleasures Revealed
www.telegraph.co.uk

A recently published list of Amazon.co.uk's biggest selling e-books of the year features psychological thrillers, misery memoirs and a healthy dose of Mills and Boon

WHSmith data breach leads to hundreds of emails filling up subscribers' inboxes
www.theguardian.com

Misconfigured contact-us form on retailer's website sends data to company's entire mailing list

Tim Sherwood Accidentally Quotes Passages From Classic Literature During Post Match Interviews
sabotagetimes.com

Sherwood: Erm... we got a lot of character in this squad. Y'know a lot of people were saying, after we'd lost two on the bounce, that we were in blood stepped so far that, should we wade no more, returning would be as tedious as to go o'er

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