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News stories from the book world in February 2010

February 2010

J K Rowling defends plagiarism charge

22 February 2010

The estate of Adrian Jacobs, author of Willy the Wizard, has now widened its claim against Bloomsbury for plagiarism in the Harry Potter books to include J K Rowling herself, previously thought to be protected by a statute of limitations.  Read more

The end of the slush-pile

15 February 2010

It's always been a tough call to find a publisher though submitting to the slush-pile, but in the current crisis in publishing it just got even harder.  Read more

Big four show sales drop

8 February 2010

Figures for 2009 just released by the big UK publishers show just how tough a time they had and what a difficult book market we’ve had in the past year.  Read more

Battle of the titans

1 February 2010

This has been one of those weeks when there’s been so much happening that it’s difficult to cover it in a single column. Apple has broken the news of its iPad and, amidst the focus on that, Amazon has already started to fight back. This could be a turning-point and how publishing, books and authors come out of all this is hard to predict.  Read more