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News stories from the book world in June 2011

June 2011

Google and British Library digitisation project

27 June 2011

The British Library and Google have just announced a partnership to digitise 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the Library's collections. Opening up access to one of the greatest collections of books in the world, this demonstrates the Library's commitment to increase access to anyone who wants to do research.  Read more

No more bookshops?

20 June 2011

Australia breaks into the international publishing news less often than it should, but last week government minister Nick Sherry hit the headlines when he said: 'I think in five years, other than a few specialist booksellers in capital cities we will not see a bookstore, they will cease to exist.' He believes it is 'inevitable' that online shopping would wipe out general bookstores within fi  Read more

The final death of the midlist?

13 June 2011

An article in last week's Bookseller looks at the long-heralded death of the mid-list.  Read more