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The June Magazine has a great set of links to the news stories of the week, together with the News Review and Comment columns added in June.

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Commentary: 'Give in to your obsession' 29 August 2015

‘By rejection number 45, I was truly neurotic. It was all I could think about-revising the book, making it better, getting an agent, getting it published. I insisted on rewriting the last chapter an hour before I was due at the hospital to give birth to my daughter. I would not go to the...

News Review: End of an era as Authonomy bites the dust 24 August 2015

It's sad to see the end of Authonomy, which HarperCollins UK has decided to close at the end of September. The first of the author submission sites, it worked through peer review in that submissions were ranked by users and the best-ranked were considered for publication by HarperCollins.

Whats new: 24 August 2015 - What's new 24 August 2015
  • Have you translated your work into English? Or do you have a translation that someone else has done? Now you need to make sure it's good enough to publish, or send to a publisher. If you need help to get your work into perfect condition, our new service,...

I'm only seconds into a digital copy of T.S. Eliot's famous ode to adolescence, The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock, when my ears prickle uncomfortably. As I read-"Let us go then, you and I, / When the evening is spread out against the sky, / Like a patient etherised upon a table"-a soft rock...

Change leads to anxiety, and there has been a lot of change in publishing in recent years. There is one trend, though, that is striking more fears in publishers' minds than any other. And that is the fear of data.

In his call for Your five-minute manifesto for FutureBook, The Bookseller editor Philip Jones wrote that part of the planning of our FutureBook Conference this year (4th December at The Mermaid) is "to take this recent history of the book business and reflect on the job still to do." To that end...

With the Frankfurt Book FairWorld's largest trade fair for books; held annually mid-October at Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany; First three days exclusively for trade visitors; general public can...

ONE of Scotland's leading authors has warned that most of the nation's writers are being left to struggle "below the breadline" because the publishing industry has declined so much.

Janice Galloway said mainstream publishers in the UK had become caught up in a "relentless profit machine"...

If Amazon continues this way, it is likely to resemble the mythical ouroboros...

The New York Times investigation of Amazon's white collar workforce culture reveals that the company may be on the road to its own eventual demise.

 

To grow, publishers must either battle other publishers over market share or identify and serve new markets. Digital media are useful to publishers only insofar as they serve one of these aims.

Commentary: 'It starts with the book no matter what.' 24 August 2015

‘The truth is, we spend so much of our time advocating internally for our books, making sure we have the right cover, the right subtitle, filling out forms and so forth, that we often don't have time to be entrepreneurial. But when a moment of clarity comes, it's fun to pursue it or to...

News Review: Looking forward to the autumn 17 August 2015

As many in the northern hemisphere are still sunning themselves (or sitting out the rain if they're in the UK), the book trade is hotting up for the autumn. In the UK It looks as if 8 October will be Super Thursday, when the combination of big books being launched reaches its peak. A successful...

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