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How White People Can Respond To Book Publishing's Lack Of Diversity
www.huffingtonpost.com

People of color can effort all they can to get published and to change this industry, but the change has to come from within the dominating white culture first

When To Canvass Booksellers, Or, Listen To Your Sales Reps!
blogs.publishersweekly.com

publishers, editors, art directors, and marketing folks should get out more

Lee Child On Amazon's Real-life Bookshops . . .
www.theguardian.com

and why we should be worried

Why We Should Be Worried About Amazon's Real-Life Bookshops
www.theguardian.com

The world's biggest online retailer wants to invade the high street. What's in it for them?

Data Guy, Joe Konrath, Whip Up A Storm Round Porter Anderson's Authorearnings Pushback
www.teleread.com

Author Earnings is offering authors data and a learned opinion. For free

Amazon: Only 40 Self-published Authors 'Make Money'
claudenougat.wordpress.com

The cat is out of the bag

Fixed Prices For Ebooks In Germany: At What Cost?
publishingperspectives.com

Questions remain about how this will affect various sales models and ebook adoption rates

It's Time For Bookstores To Stop Boycotting Amazon Publishing
www.huffingtonpost.com

Has the position simply become more one of spite and petulance than principle?

Publishing Should Be More About Culture Than Book Sales
theconversation.com

Contemporary publishing is still dominated by multinational corporations. And corporations are all about the numbers.

Karin Slaughter: Libraries Saved Me, Now They Need Rescuing
www.theguardian.com

Books provide access to a better way of life, and for many, libraries are the only way they can get to them

Why is history still written mainly by men?
www.theguardian.com

'Big books by blokes about battles'

Google-Backed Digital-Only Ebook Project
www.teleread.com

The Bookseller gets confused, confusing

Do People Really Want Bookstores?
www.teleread.com

There is definitely a shrinking of retail space for books in our book chain these days

Joan Bakewell: no-platforming is a step towards book burning
www.theguardian.com

Banning speakers from university campuses is the wrong way to achieve change

Let's Stop Marketing Children's Books Along Gender Lines
www.the-pool.com

The publishing industry has a long history of slapping pink covers on books supposedly for women

Is English Literature Since 1918 Really Such A Man's World?
www.theguardian.com

Where are all the women?

Bestselling Author Says Amazon's The Darth Vader Of The Literary World
www.insidesources.com

Not a question of whether there's a federal case to be made against Amazon, but whether there's a political will to do so

The Loss Of Libraries Is Another Surefire Way To Entrench Inequality
www.theguardian.com

Libraries are about as democratic and diverse as is possible to imagine

Are Paper Books Really Disappearing?
www.bbc.com

If the printed word becomes a thing of the past, it may affect how we think

Has Book Production Outpaced Readership . . .
publishingperspectives.com

and what can publishers do about it?

Should Authors Be Paid To Appear At Literary Festivals?
www.newstatesman.com

Being paid with "exposure" rather than hard cash undermines the already precarious diversity in our literary culture

Book Festivals Are Worth Far More Than Fees
www.theguardian.com

Writers, championed by Philip Pullman, may object to attending literary gatherings for free. But the events help to sustain a reading culture

What Happens When Children's Books Fail To Confront The Complexity Of Slavery?
www.theguardian.com

We need literature that wrestles with the evils of slavery while confronting its complexity – especially when it's written for children

Harry Potter Magic Still Potent Despite Losses
www.scotsman.com

J.K Rowling's empire remains a commercial phenomenon despite a tricky digital venture

Don't Feel Guilty About Buying Used Books
www.salon.com

Writers won't see a dime of that sale, but it's the long game that counts


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Major Publishers ebook Revenue Continues to 'Plummet'
goodereader.com

Downward trend has continued into 2016, as HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette have all reported diminished revenue

Cassandra Clare Hits Back At Sherrilyn Kenyon's Lawsuit Alleging Copying
www.theguardian.com

Clare's lawyer issues statement that the young adult fantasy novelist expects 'all of Ms Kenyon's claims will be dismissed'

Majority Of Parents Worried About Children's Digital Reading, Survey Finds
www.theguardian.com

Research by the BookTrust reveals concerns about youngsters' screen time, attention span and loss of interest in print books

Anne Frank's Diary Removed From Website
www.bbc.co.uk

The Diary of Anne Frank has been removed from book repository Wikisource after the site became aware it had fallen foul of copyright law

Independent To Cease As Print Edition
www.bbc.co.uk

The Independent and Independent on Sunday newspapers are to cease print editions in March, leaving only an online edition

Havana Book Fair Opens With First Contingent Of American Publishers
www.publishersweekly.com

The American Book Exposition has arrived

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