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News stories from the book world in September 2005

September 2005

Authors Guild sues Google for copyright infringement

26 September 2005

The Authors Guild of America, with four authors, has taken the extraordinary step of filing a class action suit against Google over its unauthorised scanning and copying of books through its Google Library programme.  Read more

TV promotion gets authors published

19 September 2005

Richard and Judy’s book club has been one of the great successes of the past two years, showing, as Oprah Winfrey has done in the States, how television can really help to bring books to a wider audience. The authors involved have seen huge increases in their sales but publishers have also been pleased to find improvements in their sales figures as a whole, although the benefit has of co  Read more

The battle for Ottakar’s

12 September 2005

At the time of writing the battle for Ottakar’s still rages. It all started with the bookselling chain producing worse-than-expected trading figures for the year to date, exacerbated by Ottakar’s getting a smaller slice of the Harry Potter 6 cake than had been anticipated.  Read more

Big deals for new children's authors

5 September 2005

A couple of big deals for newcomers writing for children show that a lot of the action in the publishing world continues to be in the children's area.  Read more