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Why Don't Books About Women Win Awards?
www.adweek.com

women authors and story's written from a woman's perspective are less likely to win awards

Selling E-books Is A Losing Proposition For Indie Bookstores
goodereader.com

Many indie bookstores actually see no point to carrying e-readers or e-books

No, Not Anyone Can Write A Good Book
www.thedailybeast.com

Working in the publishing industry can let you think you know all there is to know about publishing a book, until you set out to write one

Helen Skelton: Children Do Not Want Role Models In Books
www.bbc.co.uk

Former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has said children do not want feminist role models in their books

We've hit the peak of 'free' on the Internet
mashable.com

It's time to pay up

Does An Award Like The Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction Help Or Hurt The Cause Of Women Writers?
www.nytimes.com

Zoë Heller and Dana Stevens debate the merit of literary prizes for which only women compete

Why 'Easy' Publishing Solutions Hardly Ever Are
www.digitalbookworld.com

Almost any new service is great . . . in isolation

Celebrity Authors Won't Save The Bookstore
www.salon.com

In the age of Amazon, it takes celebrity to launch an indie bookstore

Where Are All The Characters In Children's Books?
www.theguardian.com

Why characters are so important and what makes the very best

Society must be 'much more careful' of bodies it shows children, Malorie Blackman says
www.telegraph.co.uk

Britain must be wary of how they teach children self-confidence, in a world of social media and photoshop

Libraries Could Outlast The Internet
www.telegraph.co.uk

Says head of British Library!

Literary Festivals Are Getting Too Big For Their Books
www.theguardian.com

Some authors flourish in front of the crowds at the biggest book festivals, but do readers get more from a smaller event?

For Mature Audiences Only
www.mhpbooks.com

Should books come with trigger warnings?

The Book Industry's Discrimination Problem
www.huffingtonpost.com

It's upsetting

March Of The Megabooks
www.theguardian.com

It's all Donna Tartt's fault

Publishing Needs Copyright As Incentive To Invest
publishingperspectives.com

Familiar battle between those who wish to tear everything down and those who argue that it is these very structures that allow and support creativity

Editor Says Client Demands Are Increasingly Impossible
americaneditor.wordpress.com

I try to be politic when responding to clients, but sometimes I just want to scream in frustration

No One Should Condescend To Agatha Christie – She's A Genius
www.theguardian.com

Christie is consistently dismissed as merely a brilliant plotter of mysteries

Why The 'Author Earnings Report' Is Misleading
oscarbernie.com

It has an agenda and it is biased. And it could be a GREAT THING

Fantasy Must Shake Off The Tyranny Of The Mega-novel
www.theguardian.com

The triumph of George RR Martin has made publishers greedy for multi-volume stories, but not all authors can write them – and why should they?

How To Plan For The Future Of Publishing
www.bookbusinessmag.com

Three things you can do to check the accuracy of your automatic decision-making process

Is The Self-publishing Stigma Fading?
www.theguardian.com

The shame falls away

Apple Has Failed The E-book Reader
goodereader.com

An enemy to the publishing industry and e-book lovers, the world over

Is The YouTuber Book Boom Over Already?
newmediarockstars.com

Hopefully . . .

5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright The Media Should Stop Repeating
medium.com

there's that free culture movement that says all sorts of truthy-sounding things about how copyright might just be a bad thing


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Spare Rib Goes Digital
www.theguardian.com

21 years of radical feminist magazine put online

BookGrabbr Encourages Readers to Promote Books Online
www.adweek.com

Online marketing tool allows publishers to give away eBooks or sections of eBooks in exchange for a social share from consumers

Author of The Secret hasn't 'the time and energy' to sell house for asking price
www.theguardian.com

Inability to sell her estate in Montecito, California, for initial listing price of $23.5m is her own fault

Authors Guild Announces 'Fair Contract' Initiative
www.publishersweekly.com

A fresh look at the standard book publishing contract

ACE puts £1.2m into creative writing in schools
www.artscouncil.org.uk

Arts Council England (ACE) has launched a £1.2m fund to support creative writing in schools.

Arts Council Boss Makes Funding Plea
www.bbc.co.uk

Arts and culture should be spared further funding cuts as the government seeks to balance the books, the new head of Arts Council England has said

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