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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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  • 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…

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  • February 21, 2013
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A new deal with HarperCollins includes works currently out of print, but the science-fiction author was dismissive of ebooks The ebooks of the late Ray Bradbury, who once memorably dismissed digital books as smelling “like burned fuel”, are finally coming to the UK. Following lengthy negotiations, the author’s publisher HarperCollins has announced that three of…

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  • February 9, 2013
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Fifth and final publisher reaches settlement in case alleging conspiracy with tech giant to raise prices and fight Amazon Macmillan has become the fifth and final US book publisher to sign a settlement with the government in a sweeping antitrust case that accused the companies of conspiring to raise ebook prices. Macmillan and the justice…

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  • February 8, 2013
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New edition of LM Montgomery’s classic tale sees the freckled heroine also acquire ‘bedroom eyes’ Anne of Green Gables, the orphan with the “very thick, decidedly red hair” and the “much freckled” face, has become a blonde, buxom farm girl with come-hither eyes on a new edition of LM Montgomery’s classic novel, prompting a fierce…