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News stories from the book world in June 2008

June 2008

Wikipedia's 683 million visitors

30 June 2008

Wikipedia has long been a rather controversial reference source. The fact that it is open to anyone to edit the entries has always been regarded with suspicion by academics. Last year they launched Citizendium as a counterblast. This is intended to replace Wikipedia as the web's leading reference work and it is being directed by expert editors.  Read more

Rights tussles dominate the news

23 June 2008

It's been one shock after another in the publishing world, with lots of changes and some tussles which might yet develop into full-blown war.  Read more

Children's authors stage mass rebellion

16 June 2008

Children's authors have staged a stunning rebellion against age-ranging on children's books. More than 50 British authors, led by Philip Pullman and all five children's laureates (Anne Fine, Quentin Blake, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen) have launched an extraordinary campaign.  Read more

The latest despatch from the Turf Wars

9 June 2008

No sooner had the dust settled on Bertlesmann's surprise appointment of German print supremo Markus Dohle to succeed Peter Olson as CEO of Random House US, than another unexpected change hit the American publishing world. Jane Friedman, the successful and popular head of HarperCollins, also announced her immediate departure.  Read more

'New Regulars' join the heavy readers

2 June 2008

'Heavy readers' are changing. Book covers do influence purchase. Three recent reports relating to book consumers paint a striking picture of changes in book purchasing.   Read more