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A panel at Digital Book World last week offered several insights on how ebook platforms analyze user data and what they have discovered. What will be perhaps most interesting to our readers are a handful of insights shared about international reading habits.

"BEWARE of the person of one book," said Thomas Aquinas, a medieval friar and author. The risk of encountering such unscholarly types is rarer in modern times. Digital devices can hold dozens of e-books, so people can carry around a whole shelf of reading material with them.

When you think of books, what pops into your mind? Harry Potter? Fifty Shades of Grey? Biography? I’d hazard a guess that you didn’t say children’s non-fiction. Think back to your childhood. Remember those books with wonderful colour illustrations of dinosaurs roaming the Earth, Romans invading...

A passionate New York debate interrogates Amazon's dominance in the book market-is it delivering well-priced books efficiently, or a greedy, rapacious behemoth?

What is the true nature of Amazon.com-the online retailing colossus that, like a massive corporate python, has swallowed up the...

These days, you need a substantial private income - or a public sector pension - to be a full-time writer. Last year, a survey of 2,500 professional authors found that their median income in 2013 was £11,000. That's a drop of 29 per cent since 2005 and significantly below the minimum salary...

Last Thursday at the Digital Book World conference in New York, Judith Curr, President and Publisher of the Atria Publishing Group spoke about her experience working with self-published and indie authors and grooming them for publication with Atria.

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Commentary: Screenwriting - a collaborative endeavour 26 January 2015

'As I write, it is 5.30pm on a wet Wednesday afternoon, and so far today I have talked once, to my wife, about which of us is going to take our youngest son to football training. I appreciate how lucky I am in my work. I am able to support myself and my family through my writing. I can watch as...

Whats new: 19 January 2015 - What's new 19 January 2015
  • Nielsen Children's Book Summit has presented a very encouraging picture of what's going on in the children's book world. Children's sales have been rising steadily and, as previously noted, the sales of children's books in the UK market recently exceeded sales of Adult Fiction. Middle...

Nielsen Children's Book Summit has presented a very encouraging picture of what's going on in the children's book world. Children's sales have been rising steadily and, as previously noted, the sales of children's books in the UK market recently exceeded sales of Adult Fiction. Middle grade and...

Given that our editorial guidelines that reference pigs and pork have been in place for as long as I can remember, little did I imagine that they would attract international headlines claiming that the Oxford University Press had banned sausages. To clarify, OUP does not have a blanket ban on...

"A lot of parents assume that once kids begin to read independently, that now that is the best thing for them to do," said Maggie McGuire, the vice president for a website for parents operated by Scholastic.

Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, said Wednesday the right to free speech is absolute or else it isn't free.

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