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News stories from the book world in July 2008

July 2008

The proliferation of literary prizes

21 July 2008

Salman Rushdie's win of the Best of the Booker last week with Midnight's Children was no surprise. He had long been regarded as the quintessential Booker winner and had already won the Booker of Bookers in 1993. He was also a clear favourite with the members of the public who took part in the voting.   Read more

Amazon stand-off continues

14 July 2008

The stand-off between the Internet retailing giant, Amazon, and the biggest trade (general) publisher in the UK, Hachette, is continuing. It's a full seven weeks since News Review looked at Amazon's massive growth and huge ambitions (News Review 26 May) but in all this time, to the amazement of observers, Hachette titles appearing on Amazon's pages   Read more

Cape Town stages successful Book Fair

7 July 2008

The success of this year's Cape Town Book Fair reflects a healthy and growing interest in books in South Africa. The Fair doubles as a literary festival, with many authors and events, and this year it attracted just under 50,000 visitors, more than twice as many as in its inaugural year two years ago (see News Review 3 July 2006).  Read more