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News stories from the book world in June 2007

June 2007

POD means in print forever

25 June 2007

A row has erupted about publishers' attempts to rewrite author contracts to allow for changes in technology which make it possible to keep books perpetually 'in print'.  Read more

Michael Rosen to be campaigning Children's Laureate

18 June 2007

At a packed event in central London, Shami Chakrabati, Director of Liberty and chair of the selection committee, announced that Michael Rosen would be the fifth Children's Laureate, saying: 'His gift for capturing the language and imagination of children on and off the page will make him a wonderful champion for the young and their literature.'  Read more

'I’ve been offered a deal for £50,000'

11 June 2007

'New author scoops big publishing deal' is always a cheering story about the launch of a first-time writer's career. All those still battering at agents' and publishers' doors can take comfort from the fact that sometimes they do open. All you need is a really good manuscript, ready for publication, and a lot of luck…   Read more