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  • ‘What Hollywood needs is more and more content because of all the outlets, but in many cases, before studios buy the rights to a book, they need some form of validation, so they know something is good. I don't think [exclusively] writing books ever was a way to make a living. I mean, in...

It doesn't sound like a Pulitzer winner, but "U.S. v. Bertelsmann SE, 21-cv-02886" is a cracking read in the niche genre of antitrust litigation. This is the U.S. Department of Justice's surprise lawsuit against Penguin Random House's $2.2 billion agreement to buy rival publisher Simon &...

An examination of the Jewish origins of the "Mensch of Steel", a look at the "romance" of mathematical curves and a volume that seeks to rectify the shocking lack of research into the health benefits of camel milk are among the six books that will vie to become the 2021 recipient of The...

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't." (Mark Twain)

Tributes have been paid to bestselling novelist and "icon" Wilbur Smith after he died unexpectedly at his Cape Town home, aged 88.

Smith passed away on the afternoon of 13th November with his wife Niso by his side "after a morning of reading and writing", Wilbur Smith Books announced....

"The soft-boiled genre is embedded firmly between the cozy and the hard-boiled, like middle-aged and elder women ensconced between siren and senior."

Link: Why Don't Books Have A Credits Page? 15 November 2021

Paratext fascinates me to no end. I love looking and thinking about all of the pieces that comprise a book which aren't the actual narrative itself: the book's colophon, the book's description and flap copy, the author's biography, and the copyright page hold so much information about the book...

The China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair (CCBF), originally scheduled to start on November 19, has been postponed to next year and is scheduled to run from March 20 to 22. This is the latest development from China's strict zero-Covid policy even though the average number of new...

The proportion of children's books featuring a minority ethnic character has almost quadrupled in the last four years, according to a new survey - but researchers say "we are not yet at the point where children of colour have the same experience of literature as their white peers".

Link: Singing the Supply Chain Blues 15 November 2021

I was flying from the Bay Area down to Orange County recently, thinking about my first book and its publication date just a few weeks away. Was there anything we'd failed to do? Was our social media effort gaining any traction? What should I say at my upcoming events at Rizzoli in New York City...

The Department of Justice's attempt to halt Penguin Random House's acquisition of Simon & Schuster finds support within an industry already burned by bad trends. "Obviously every agent is thrilled that the wheels might be grinding to a halt on this," one insider says.

Art has long been claimed as a final frontier for automation-a field seen as so ineluctably human that AI may never master it. But as robots paint self-portraits, machines overtake industries, and natural language processors write New York Times columns, this long-held belief could be on the way...

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