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News stories from the book world in October 2006

October 2006

Creative Commons provides a tasty snack

30 October 2006

A Creative Commons license has worked well for the Friday Project on Tom Reynolds' Blood, Sweat and Tea. The publishers put most the book on their website as a free download, leading to 20,000 downloads but sales of nearly 30,000 copies.   Read more

Is the Sobol Award shady?

16 October 2006

The story of the Sobol Award provides a warning for unpublished writers of the dangers of being too gullible. The award, which closes on 31 December 2006, is open to all unpublished novelists who do not have a literary agent.  Read more

Frankfurt powers on

9 October 2006

Last week saw the Frankfurt Book FairWorld's largest trade fair for books; held annually mid-October at Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany; First three days exclusively for trade visitors; general public can attend last two., the giant publishers' convention which is the world's largest book fair. Around 280,000 people (including many members of the German public), and 7,200 exhibitors from 100 countries went to Frankfurt, using the Fair to showcase more than 380,000 books.  Read more

Orlando's dream

2 October 2006

As a teenager growing up in Brazil in the late seventies, Orlando Paes Filho was nothing if not ambitious about his writing. He dreamt up the idea of Angus, now coming to fruition as a seven-volume epic tale spanning twelve centuries of human history. Whilst developing a career in advertising, the author continued to work on his series idea for the next 25 years.  Read more