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PUBLISHING IS LITTERED WITH the carcasses of pretenders to the Harry Potter throne, but this week the US publishing giant Random House put its money where its mouth is and announced that it was backing its choice for heir apparent, 21-year-old Christopher Paolini,
Climbing the stairs of London’s National Gallery to open the city’s third annual design festival in September, Gordon Brown, the chancellor of the exchequer, turned to festival director Ben Evans and said: “We need more showcases like this.”
Something has gone topsy-turvy in the world of books. Famous publishers are paying vast sums for so-called “big books” that wind up very quickly in the remainder shops. Meanwhile, the best-seller lists are topped by perfectly-formed, unprepossessing volumes from small independent firms that can hardly believe their good fortune. It is a reversal of the natural laws of publishing.
“About 95 per cent of authors are worse off now than they were five years ago,” asserts Mark Le Fanu, general secretary of the Society of Authors. “
When I announce the Romantic Novel of the Year today, bets will be on to see how long it takes for the winner to declare, “I am not a romantic novelist”, while keeping a tight hold on the £10,000 cheque.
Toby Mundy is an optimist at heart. By his own admission the youthful managing director of Atlantic Books, the UK offshoot of US independent Grove Atlantic, is a “glass half full” man. In the past year this optimism has been rewarded by a string of successes
Publishers no longer just publish, an increasing number are writing too.
My blog was not up when the news broke about Ottakars. So late as I am, I want to pay tribute to a chain that showed a remarkable professionalism and commitment to local retailing that it challenged independent bookshops to raise their game. Ottakars’ stores served their local communities in
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Amid all the brouhaha about John Humphrys questions to John Prescott about whether he did or didn’t have other affairs, no one seems to have mentioned the question of taste and decency. Put it this way. Please, please enough! There are certain things I don’t want planted in my fertile
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