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News stories from the book world in October 2007

October 2007

Murder made public

29 October 2007

Why is there a compulsive need to write about dreadful real-life murders? And why are their perpetrators sometimes so keen to unveil their crimes?  Read more

No-show for Amazon's Kindle

22 October 2007

Is this just another false dawn for the e-book? Strong rumours that Amazon were about to launch their new Kindle device at 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. appear to have been just that. But this is not the first time that much-anticipated e-book developments have failed to produce the expected outcome.  Read more

Books for children

15 October 2007

Two big promotions in the UK are doing wonders to promote children's books and children's reading.   Read more

Frankfurt - the global market place for content?

8 October 2007

This week the focus of the international book world will be on Frankfurt and its famous book fair, still the largest and most influential one on the planet. Starting on Wednesday 10th October, more than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries will bring their staff to Frankfurt for several days of frenzied meetings and schmoozing.  Read more

Writing rated top job

1 October 2007

Why is it that becoming a writer has such a hold on the public imagination? As this week's Comment wittily points out, 'The modern writer's life is like a cross between that of the Venerable Bede and Naomi Campbell.'  Read more