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Whats new: 23 February 2015 - What's new 23 February 2015
  • News Review on the new fashion for open submissions, a Comment from new writer Tony Schumacher, MslexiaStylish and lively site for quarterly UK literary magazine read by 12,000 'committed'...
News Review: Open submission - a fad or an opportunity? 23 February 2015

Are things changing in terms of publishers accepting submissions or is the latest fashion for ‘open submissions' just a fashion? Big publishers abandoned what was rudely called ‘the slush pile' some years ago, so why are some imprints now having open submission periods, mostly of only two weeks...

In October of last year, news broke on The Digital Reader that Adobe Digital Editions was taking a significant amount of user data and sending it back to their servers. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a program that allows readers to put ebooks onto their reading devices from retailers and...

"Think fast!"

As kids, that's what we used to say at school recess when tossing the ball around. Is "Think fast!" what we're now saying when we read? is moving aggressively into publishing novellas (or short novels) in e-book format, and they just announced their first list of titles. But why is (and everybody else) so convinced that shorter is better for e-books? Editorial assistant Carl Engle-Laird explains.

Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, James Parker and Anna Holmes debate whether book reviewing should be considered a public service or an art.

At MarketWatch, Quintin Fottrell broke down the results of a new survey by the NEA along with research by the marketing firm Nielsen to determine what exactly Americans are reading and how it breaks down by gender.
Some of the results:

Let's Give ‘Hybrid' Back To The Botanists

It's not as if the industry! the industry! doesn't have enough transition to contend with.

Oh, what a lovely disruption we're having, and at a time of upheaval like this, we're going to see changing phrases, new jargon, and updated...

Commentary: 'I wanted to be a writer but I'd blown it.' 23 February 2015

‘I think my most stunning failure was that I managed to get a U in my English O level. I was devastated. I cried on my way home, because I thought the one thing I wanted to do, the one dream I'd always had, the one glimmer of hope I could hold on to, had been taken away from me. I wanted to be a...

Whats new: 9 February 2015 - What's new 9 February 2015
  • So which country has the highest number of titles published per head of population?
News Review: UK holds record for titles per capita 9 February 2015

Figures just released by the International Publishers Association show that Britain produces more books per capita than any other country in the world. Last year 184,000 titles were produced - the equivalent of 2,870 titles per million inhabitants when population is taken into account.

Commentary: 'What I really wanted was to be a novelist' 8 February 2015

‘When I wrote Before I go to Sleep, I was in a blissful state of being disconnected from anybody else - I wrote It with the hope I could finish it, first of all, and then with the hope that somebody else might like it. But I was writing Second Life knowing that I had editors all...

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