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1 April 2013 - What's new

1 April 2013
  • Discoverability seems to be the word on everyone's lips at the moment in the book business.  By this is meant how people find books and it's evident from recent research that bookshops play a very important part in this. This may not be a great comfort to them, as it must be incredibly irritating to be used as a showroom for internet retailers from whom the customer often ultimately buys because they offer the lowest price. News Review
  • Find out which book title has won the 2012 Diagram Prize!
  • Blurb-writing - Our new service is for anyone who is having difficulty producing their cover or jacket copy and may be especially helpful for self-publishers. Let our skilled editor/writers do the job for you, so that you end up with a professional blurb.
  • 'The holy grail for a historian is having three things come together. First is new material, second is a good story with a tight narrative and great characters, and third is something that has global and contemporary appeal. I was lucky enough to have all three... William Dalrymple, author of White Mughals and Return of a King, in the Bookseller, quoted in our Comment column.
  • Our new feature links to interesting blogs or articles posted online, which will help keep you up to date with what's going on in the book world. This week: Children's Nonfiction Publishing Comes of Age and James Herbert.
  • New words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online reflect changes in society Oxford Dictionaries Online, Oxford University Press's free dictionary and language reference service, recently added its new quarterly words, which present a fascinating picture of our changing language.
  • There ain't nothing more to write about and I'm rotten glad of it, because if I'd know'd what trouble it was to make a book, I wouldn't a tackled it.'  Mark Twain in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in our Writers Quotes.