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Whats new: 8 February 2016 - What's new 8 February 2016
  • 'According to a study funded by the Quick Reads sponsor Galaxy, 27% of the British population have been inspired by a book to make ‘positive life changes' and 41% of regular readers regard the habit as a better antidote to stress than meeting friends...

How is Nigeria's literary scene changing? Emma Shercliff, a publisher based in the nation's capital, Abuja, takes a look.

My seven-year-old is a voracious reader. Long gone are the days when I had to read something to him or hope that he missed the inappropriate language spray-painted on a street sign. Now I'm in the process of teaching him that not everything he reads is true or completely accurate. And the same...

Lee and Low is a children's book publisher that specializes in cultural diversity. And in its survey of diversity issues in U.S. publishing, the company has handed us a much-needed chance to discuss something healthily difficult: the issue of gender in the publishing workforce.

Setting yourself up for success with audio will rely heavily on you, which is scary, I know. Don't worry-we'll get through this. If you can get your ducks lined up properly now, you'll find it flows later on.

Translation, as Salman Rushdie has noted, has its roots in the Latin for "bearing across." Rushdie - born in Mumbai, or Bombay as it was known then - acknowledges the common fear that something always gets lost in translation, yet he hopes, too, that something can be gained.

News Review: The power of reading 8 February 2016

According to a study funded by the Quick Reads sponsor Galaxy, 27% of the British population have been inspired by a book to make ‘positive life changes' and 41% of regular readers regard the habit as a better antidote to stress than meeting friends.

From content creation to manuscript acquisition to distribution to sales, publishing startups are combining traditional book publishing and tech startup tactics in fascinating ways to reinvigorate and reimagine book publishing.

Most of us have felt that we have a book inside us - the stumbling block was always finding a willing agent or the private funds to get it in front of an audience.

But the internet enables anyone to be an author with access to an audience and increasing numbers of people are discovering...

Commentary: 'Galloping imposter syndrome' 8 February 2016

‘Like a lot of authors I have galloping imposter syndrome: as far as I'm concerned I have cunningly infiltrated the writing community. With each book that gets published I have this dread fear that I'm going to be found out. Certainly when The Lie Tree was published, I thought: ‘This time they'...

Whats new: 18 January 2016 - What's new 18 January 2016
  • 'It's a slightly demanding read, but Mike Shatzkin's latest post on The Shatzkin Files is essential reading if you want to understand the contemporary bookselling scene and how it is increasingly controlled and shaped by the huge conglomerates which dominate the web...' This week's...

American popular history is a "male preserve", according to new research from the US online journal Slate, with three-quarters of works published last year written by men - and history experts believe the playing field is just as "heavily gendered" in the UK.

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