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  • May 23, 2013
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Original authors and their amateur adapters can now jointly ‘monetise’ the popular spinoffs George RR Martin hates fan fiction, Anne Rice has banned it, Ursula K Le Guin calls it “an invasion”. But a host of authors have signed up to a new programme from Amazon, which encourages any fan who fancies it to write…

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  • May 10, 2013
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The American book retailer saw its shares climb following reports Microsoft are considering offer to acquire Nook business Shares in America’s biggest books retailer Barnes & Noble climbed nearly 20% yesterday after a report that Microsoft is considering an offer to acquire its Nook business – B&N’s tablet and e-book business and a rival to…

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  • May 2, 2013
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EL James’s erotic trilogy and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games novels topped the books charts last year and contributed to an overall rise in digital and print sales for 2012 Fifty Shades author EL James’s blend of romance and erotica has helped to drag the book trade out of the doldrums, with new statistics showing…

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  • May 1, 2013
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The choices offered by digital publishing can only be good news for writers, says Barry Eisler. So why are traditional publishers so angry? Until November 2007, when Amazon introduced the Kindle, the only viable means of book distribution was paper. Accordingly, a writer who wanted to reach a mass audience needed a paper distribution partner….

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  • April 24, 2013
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Amazon’s bid for rights to sell secondhand ebooks adds another layer of complexity to a world where the certainties of print culture are dissolving “My brain,” as one reader put it rather dramatically, “fell over at the thought of selling ‘used’ ebooks”. He wasn’t the only one. The reaction to the news earlier this year…

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  • April 16, 2013
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Author’s speech to London Book Fair calls for an experimental approach to a changing ‘digital frontier’ “Anyone who tells you they know what’s coming, what things will be like in 10 years’ time, is simply lying to you,” according to the author Neil Gaiman, fresh from a provocative speech at this week’s London Book Fair…

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  • April 12, 2013
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Acorn, according to publisher OR Books, is an extension of the ‘intricate strands’ Ono first wove in Grapefruit, published in 1964 “Poetry in action with participation,” is how artist and musician Yoko Ono describes her new book of “instructional poetry” – the first she has published solo in almost 50 years. Acorn, according to New…

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  • March 25, 2013
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His Dark Materials author ‘both honoured and excited’ to succeed PD James leading writers’ lobby group Philip Pullman is to succeed PD James as president of the Society of Authors – the “ultimate honour” awarded by the British writers body, and a position first held by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Pullman, the award-winning author of the…

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  • March 15, 2013
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Get advice on blogging from the likes of Roy Greenslade, Owen Jones and the Guardian’s social media team Whether you want to establish yourself as a journalist, develop your knowledge of a niche subject or simply vent some anger, blogging is the perfect way to flex your writing skills. But there are gazillions of blogs…

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  • February 22, 2013
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Three US booksellers claim contracts between Amazon and other publishers ‘unreasonably restrain trade’ in ebook market In a case of David against Goliath, three independent US bookshops are taking on Amazon and six of the biggest publishers in America in a class-action lawsuit accusing the internet giant of creating an ebook monopoly that is destroying…