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The May Magazine has the News Review and Comment columns added in May, together with a fabulous range of links to stories from all over the world.

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Whats new: 29 June 2015 - What's new 29 June 2015
  • 'When John Spurling won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction recently with The Ten Thousand Things it was much more than a good win against a formidable shortlist, which included Martin Amis, Helen Dunmore, Adam Foulds and Kamila Shamsie.
News Review: Success at last! An author's story 29 June 2015

When John Spurling won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction recently with The Ten Thousand Things it was much more than a good win against a formidable shortlist, which included Martin Amis, Helen Dunmore, Adam Foulds and Kamila Shamsie.

Publishing has a new question to ponder this week: what could Taylor Swift do for us? Swift's triumph: she got a tech giant to change its mind.

After a decade of closures, independent booksellers are optimistic they can turn the page on a story of decline as they launch a festival of 24-hour "readathons", live story-writing and numerous book signings this weekend.

Lucinda Hawksley, ALCS Member and great great great granddaughter of Charles Dickens reflects on copyright law, then and now, and the vital campaigning role her illustrious forebear played in its creation.

M.J. Rose is the bestselling author of numerous novels including, most recently, The Witch of Painted Sorrows (Atria Books). A former advertising executive, she is also the founder of Authorbuzz.com - a marketing services company that promotes directly to those who matter most: readers.

Earlier this month, outgoing Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman handed the medal of office to her successor, Chris Riddell. She reflects on her two years in the role in conversation with ALCS News.

Michael Bhaskar asks whether, after all the talk about ebook subscription services, they may be on the point of working.

Andy Weir, author of the wildly popular sci-fi novel "The Martian," is living the publishing dream.

It didn't start out that way though. "The Martian" began as a series of self-published chapters on Weir's personal blog.

Then Weir decided to put the book on Amazon, selling it for...

'Becoming a writer is like changing your gender. When I was young, my identity was as a Paki, a mixed-race mongrel boy from nowhere. The idea of having another identity as a writer seemed like a splendid solution to that. My place in the world was different. It created a future for me...

Whats new: 22 June 2015 - What's new 22 June 2015
  • The brilliant British author Jim Crace has just won the International 2015 IMPAC Dublin Award, which at €100,000 is the world's largest literary prize for a single work published in English. His 2013 novel Harvest, published by Picador, won out of a shortlist of ten novels. But is...

Amazon has just announced sweeping changes to their Kindle Direct Publishing Select program. Under this new model, the amount an author earns will be determined by their share of total pages read rather than their share of total qualified borrows.

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